Master in Shipping and Sea Transports: Economics and Politics
The establishment and operation of the MSc on Sea Transports & Shipping: Economics & Politics is a central element of the effort undertaken by the University of Macedonia to reinforce its participation in the overall developments in Northern Greece, highlighting, at the same time, the development perspectives of the city of Thessaloniki. The various recent changes at international level, and especially in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkan Peninsula, in combination with the significant technological advances in the fields of energy, of transports and of logistics, have created a framework within which a specialized postgraduate programme of studies, focusing exactly on these fields, will be a crucial factor of presenting the region as a focal point of political developments, economic activities, energy pipelines and trade routes. The University of Macedonia, as a Higher Education Institution with specific advantages in the fields of economic and social sciences, and especially in developing postgraduate programmes of studies, is the proper organization of organizing and delivering specialized courses, by providing in-depth knowledge on fields which are relevant to the new conditions of the rapidly changing environment of international relations in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, taking into account areas such as shipping, transport, logistics, etc.
The MSc on Sea Transports & Shipping: Economics & Politics combines courses from the scientific areas of Economics of Shipping and Sea Transport, Logistics, and International Relations. Accordingly, the participating academic departments in the Programme are the Department of International and European Studies and the Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia.
The aim of the Programme is to provide in-depth knowledge in combination with corresponding practical experience and thus to produce graduates that can be employed in enterprises or organizations, existing or to be created in the future, involved in the fields of sea transports and logistics.
The Programme uses English as teaching language, as this will provide its graduates with a competitive advantage, since it will allow them to learn the modern international terminology regarding the current economic and political context of the wider region of the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean and the fields of sea transports and logistics. As English is the basic working language, at international level, for shipping and sea transports, its use in the Programme is particularly useful as a means of acquaintance with the necessary terminology and of accessing the relevant international bibliography, as well as of consolidating the basic tool of interaction and communication in these fields.