Modules (Master in Transport in Africa)

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Detailed content of modules of the Master in Transport and Logistics in Africa

Detailed content of modules and subjects of the Professional Master of Science (MSc) in International Transport and Logistics in Africa:

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Subjects of the Professional Master of Science (MSc) in Transport and Logistics in Africa

Introduction to International Transport (5 ECTS)

Introduction to International Transport and Logistics

  1. International Logistics and foreign trade
  2. Selecting a mode of International Transport
  3. Transport Documents related to the foreign trade
  4. International transport chain
  5. Authorised Economic Operator
  6. Costs and insurance of the International Transport
  7. Export Packaging

International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

  1. Negotiable Combined Transport Bill of Lading (FIATA FBL)
  2. Non-negotiable FIATA Multimodal Transport Waybill (FIATA FWB)
  3. Electronic FIATA Bill of Lading
  4. Warehouse Receipt (FIATA FWR)
  5. Forwarders Certificate of Receipt (FIATA FCR)
  6. Forwarders Certificate of Transport (FIATA FCT)

Containers and transport

  1. International Convention for Safe Containers
  2. Customs Convention on Containers
  3. Convention Relating to Temporary Admission

International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) Course

The objectives of the Subject “Introduction to International Transport and Logistics” are:

  1. To have a global vision of logistics and international transport applied to the foreign trade
  2. To understand the functioning of the global transport chain
  3. To know the different techniques of export packaging and the importance of containers
  4. To understand the basic concepts related to the documents, costs and insurance of the International Transport
  5. To analyse the main documents of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

Introduction to transport in Africa (1 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to transport in Africa
  2. African Regional Transport Infrastructure Network
  3. Economic costs of the transport inefficiencies in Africa
  4. Forecast Demand for Transport in Africa
  5. African Transport Outlook 2040
  6. Case Study:
    1. Ethiopian Airlines, the Best Airline in Africa
    2. Bollore Logistics in Africa

African Transport Outlook (Master Doctorate)

The objectives of the Subject “Introduction to transport in Africa” are:

  1. To know the global situation and trends of the African transport
  2. To analyse the African Regional Transport Infrastructure Network
  3. To understand why transport inefficiencies make transportation costs in Africa more expensive

Incoterms (2 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the Incoterms
  2. Incoterms and international transport
  3. How to use the Incoterms in foreign trade?
  4. Analysis of the Incoterms
  5. Incoterms for all types of transport: EXW, FCA, CPT, CIP, DAT, DAP, DDP
  6. Incoterms for the Maritime Transport: FAS, FOB, CFR, CIF
  7. New Incoterms: DAT and DAP
  8. Criteria for selecting the Incoterms

Incoterms (Master Doctorate)

The objectives of the Subject “Incoterms” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the Incoterms in International Trade
  2. To know how the Incoterms are used in the international trade transactions
  3. To identify the risk, cost, and formalities according to the selected Incoterm
  4. To understand the responsibilities of the exporter and importer under the Incoterms
  5. To know how to calculate export prices based on Incoterm

Maritime Transport (5 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the Maritime Transport
  2. International Maritime Organisation
  3. International Chamber of Shipping
  4. Regular lines and charters
  5. Freight and insurance of the Maritime Transport
  6. Maritime Transport Agents
  7. Maritime Transport Documentation.
    1. Bill of Lading (B/L)
    2. Electronic FIATA Bill of Lading
  8. The largest ports of the world
  9. International Rules related to the Maritime Transport
    1. Rotterdam Rules
    2. Hamburg Rules
  10. Analysis of the International Maritime Trade

Rotterdam Rules (maritime transport) Course

The objectives of the Subject “Maritime Transport” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the Maritime Transport in foreign trade
  2. To learn about functioning of the Maritime Transport
  3. To understand the role of the main institutions related to the Maritime Transport (International Maritime Organisation, International Chamber of Shipping)
  4. To know the key players of the Transport of Goods by Sea
  5. To know the key concepts related to the International Maritime Transport (freight, safety, stowage, risks...)
  6. Examine the different concepts related to the insurance and main clauses of the Maritime Transport.
  7. To analyse the Maritime Transport documents (Bill of Lading) and how to fill them out
  8. Study the main rules and conventions of the maritime cargo transport (Rotterdam, Hamburg, FAL Rules)

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Maritime Transport in Africa (3 ECTS)

1- Introduction to the Maritime Transport in Africa

  1. Revised African Maritime Transport Charter
  2. Durban Resolution on Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Protection of the Marine Environment in Africa

Maritime Transport in Africa (Course Master)

2- West African Ports

  1. Port of Lagos (Nigeria)
  2. Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  3. Port of Dakar (Senegal)
  4. Ports of Tema and Takoradi (Ghana)
  5. Port of Lomé (Togo)
  6. Port of Cotonou (Benin)

3- Central African Ports

  1. Port of Douala (Cameroon)
  2. Port of Pointe Noire (Congo)
  3. Port of Luanda and Port of Lobito (Angola)
  4. Ports of Gabon: Port of Libreville and Port Gentil
  5. Ports of Equatorial Guinea

4- East African Ports

  1. Port of Mombasa (Kenya)
  2. Port Sudan (Sudan)
  3. Port of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
  4. Ports of Beira, Nacala and Maputo (Mozambique)
  5. Port of Djibouti
  6. Ports of Madagascar
  7. Egyptian ports
    1. Suez Canal

5- Southern African Ports

  1. Port of Durban (South Africa)
    1. Richards Bay, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town, Saldanha
  2. Port of Walvis Bay (Namibia)

6- Maghrebian Ports (0.6 ECTS)

  1. Port of Casablanca (Morocco)
  2. Port of Algiers and Port of Oran
  3. Tunisian Ports

Logistics Course: Port of Lagos Nigeria

The objectives of the Subject “Maritime Transport in Africa” are the following:

  1. To know the state of the Maritime Transport in Africa
  2. To analyse the features of the largest ports in Africa
  3. To know how to access the fifteen African landlocked countries through the transport corridors and ports
  4. To analyse the difficulty of the Containerisation, bottlenecks and high port costs in Africa
  5. To evaluate the disconnection between rail and road transport networks and African ports

Road Transport (10 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the Road freight transport
  2. International Road Transport Union
  3. Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road
  4. Consignment Note (CMR)
  5. TIR Convention. TIR Carnet
  6. Insurance and costs of the Road Freight transport
  7. International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport

Safe Load Securing for Road Transport (Course Master)

The objectives of the Subject “International Road Transport” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the Road Freight transport in International Trade
  2. To understand the role of the International Road Transport Union (IRU)
  3. To learn the key concepts related to the International Transport by road
  4. To know the key players of the Road Transport
  5. To study the main Conventions (CMR, TIR) of the International Road Transport of goods
  6. To analyse the documents related to the Transport of Goods by road (Consignment Note, e-CMR) and how to fill them out
  7. To know how stow safely a load to be transported by a lorry

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African Transport Corridors (3 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the African Transport Corridors
  2. Trans-African Road Network

Master/ Course: African Transport Corridors

  1. Lagos-Mombasa Corridor
  2. Algiers-Lagos Corridor
  3. Cairo-Gaborone Corridor
  4. Cairo-Dakar Corridor
  5. Trans-Sahelian Highway (Dakar-N’Djamena Corridor)
  6. Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor
  7. Dakar-Lagos Corridor
  8. N’Djamena-Djibouti Corridor
  9. North-South Corridor
  10. Northern Corridor
  11. Central Corridor
  12. Beira-Lobito Corridor
  13. Lobito Corridor

Lagos-Mombasa Trans-African Corridor (Course)

The objectives of the Subject “African Transport Corridors” are the following:

  1. To know the state of the Road Freight transport in Africa
  2. To analyse the four types of corridors in Africa (unimodal, multimodal, logistic and economic)
  3. To learn about the characteristics of the main African transport corridors
  4. To identify the causes of the high costs of the Road Transport in Africa
  5. To know how to access the African landlocked markets through transport corridors
  6. To understand the concept of a corridor as an engine of the African socio-economic development

Rail Transport (5 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the Rail freight transport
  2. Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail. COTIF Convention
  3. International Union of Railways (UIC)
  4. International Rail Transport Committee(CIT)
  5. Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  6. International Rail Transport Law
  7. Costs and insurance of the Rail freight transport
  8. Rail Transport Document: CIM Consignment Note
  9. Economy and railway operations

Rail Transport in Africa

  1. Introduction to the African rail transport system
  2. Current state of the African railway infrastructure
  3. The need for the Rail Transport in Africa
  4. Analysis of the Railway Systems in Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco and Senegal
  5. The current situation of the African railway market
  6. Railway Business models in Africa
  7. Projects for new railways in Africa

Rail transport in Africa (Master Transport)

Eurasian Rail Corridors

  1. Introduction to the Eurasian rail cargo transport
  2. Trade volume distribution between Northern and Southern routes

Combined Transport in Europe

  1. Rail/Road combined transport in Europe
  2. The European rail/road combined transport market
  3. General framework and key elements of the Combined Transport in Europe

Multimodal transport, combined (Course Master)

The objectives of the Subject “International Rail transport” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the Rail Transport in foreign trade
  2. To know the pillars of the International Rail Transport Law
  3. To know the key players of the Rail Freight transport
  4. To analyse the state of the Rail transport in Africa
  5. To explore the railway systems in Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco and Senegal
  6. To understand the role of the International Rail Transport Committee and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail
  7. To analyse the documents related to the Rail Transport (CIM Consignment Note)
  8. To study the main Conventions related to the Rail Transport of goods (COTIF Convention, CIM)

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Air Transport (4 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the Air cargo transportation
  2. Single African Air Transport Market
  3. International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  4. International Civil Aviation Organisation (OACI). Chicago Convention
  5. Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air
  6. Loading devices for the Air Transport
  7. AWB Document (Air Waybill). e-AWB
  8. The global air transport market
  9. Main airports of the world

 e-AWB. International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The objectives of the Subject “Air Transport” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the Air Transport in foreign trade
  2. To learn about the role of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (OACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  3. To understand the global air cargo supply chain
  4. To analyse the documents related to Air Transport (Air Waybill, e-AWB)
  5. To study the main Conventions related to the International Air Transport
  6. To know the pillars of the Single African Air Transport Market
  7. To know the global situation of the International Air Transport

Case Study: Ethiopian Airlines

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Multimodal / Combined Transport (5 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to the Multimodal / Combined Transport
  2. Intermodal Loading Units (ILU)
  3. Intermodal Transport Chain
  4. Multimodal Transport Operator
  5. United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods
  6. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (Rotterdam Rules)
  7. Combined Transport Bill of Lading (CTBL) of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
  8. Insurance and costs of the Multimodal Transport
  9. Combined Transport Road-Rail

Road-Rail Combined Transport, Course

The objectives of the Subject “Multimodal / Combined Transport” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the Multimodal/Combined Transport in foreign trade
  2. To learn the key concepts related to the Multimodal transport
  3. To analyse the Combined Transport Chain and its main actors
  4. To know the role of the FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations)
  5. To study the main Conventions related to the Multimodal/Combined Transport
  6. To know the features of the Combined Transport Road-Rail
  7. To analyse the documents related to the Multimodal/Combined Transport

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Transport and Regional integration in Africa (1 ECTS)

  1. Assessing Regional Economic Integration in Africa (ARIA)
  2. Transport and integration in the African regional economic communities (SADC, COMESA, UEMOA, CEMAC...)
  3. Transportation corridor initiatives
  4. Physical integration: road, rail and air transport
  5. Mainstreaming African regional integration
  6. Harmonisation of rules of origin in Africa
  7. Intra-African trade facilitation programs
  8. Best practices in regional integration in Africa
  9. Free movement of persons and right of establishment in Africa

The objectives of the Subject “Transport and Regional integration in Africa” are the following:

  1. To study the degree of transport integration in Africa
  2. To analyse the state of integration and transport in different African economic communities
  3. To know the programs on trade facilitation, rules of origin, market access... in the African continent
  4. To learn about the best practices related to the African Regional Integration

Facts Integration Africa

African Continental Free-Trade Area

  1. Introduction to the African Continental Free-Trade Area
  2. The strategic importance for Africa of a Continental Free-Trade Area
  3. Benefits of the African Continental Free-Trade Area: increased intra-African trade and economic integration
  4. Evaluation of the economic impact of the African Continental Free-Trade Area
  5. Potential scenarios to reach the African Continental Free-Trade Area:
    1. Free Trade Zone of North and West Africa (CEDEAO, CEN-SAD, CEEAC and AMU)
    2. Free Trade Zone of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA, SADC, EAC, IGAD) - Tripartite Agreement
  6. Economic effects of a Continental Customs Union

The objectives of the Subject “African Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA)” are the following:

  1. To understand the objectives and the state of the African Continental Free-Trade Area
  2. To evaluate the advantages and economic impact on the African Markets of the African Continental Free-Trade Area
  3. To analyse the two possible scenarios for the realisation of the African Continental Free-Trade Area

African Continental Free-Trade Area (Master)

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa

  1. Introduction to the Information and communications technology (ICT) for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa
  2. ICT Initiatives of the Regional Economic Communities
  3. e-Commerce: The next growth African frontier
  4. ICT and Trade Facilitation in Africa
  5. Automated Terminal Operating System
  6. Automated System for Customs Data and Management (ASYCUDA)
  7. Case Study:
    1. Kenya Ports Authority and Kilindini Waterfront
    2. Online Nigerian retail sites (DealDey, Konga, Jumia)
    3. National single window (NSW) in Ghana, Namibia, Malawi, and Mozambique
  8. ICT and transport corridors
  9. African mobile revolution
  10. Cross-border mobile payments

Africa National single window

The objectives of the Subject “ICT for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa” are the following:

  1. To know how information technologies can benefit the African regional integration, trade facilitation, African corridors and inter-African trade
  2. To analyse the concept of Electronic commerce as the next frontier of the African growth
  3. To know the importance of cross-border mobile payments in Africa
  4. To study different successful cases of application of ICT to the Intra-African trade

African value chains

  1. Introduction to the African Value Chains
  2. African Growth Poles
  3. How can the African enterprises take advantage of the value chains?
  4. Trade Facilitation
  5. Rules of Origin and transport costs
  6. Export costs in Africa
  7. One-stop border post
  8. Case Study:
    1. Cocoa Value Chain in West Africa
    2. Shoprite (African largest food retailer)

Master/ Course: African Value Chains

The objectives of the Subject “African value chains” are the following:

  1. To know how the intra-African trade can benefit from African value chains
  2. To analyse the impact of the African Value Chains on transport and export costs in Africa
  3. To assess the importance of One-stop border post in Africa
  4. To study success stories of the African Value Chains (Egyptian textile sector, cocoa value chain in West Africa...)

Shoprite Africa largest food retailer

Infrastructures in Africa

  1. Introduction to Infrastructures in Africa
  2. Analysis of infrastructure in Africa
    1. Institutional framework
  3. Infrastructure Consortium for Africa
  4. African Infrastructure Knowledge Programme
  5. Trends in Infrastructure Investments in Africa
  6. Infrastructure and the economic growth in Africa
  7. African Regional Integration and infrastructures

Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa

  1. Introduction to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA): development through the regional integration
  2. Key sectors of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa: Transport, Energy, ICT and Transboundary Water Resources
  3. Costs and investments of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa

Road Infrastructure Costs in Africa

  1. Introduction to the road infrastructure costs in Africa
  2. Analytical Approach for the African Road Infrastructure Costs
  3. Unit Cost Curve by Project Size

African Road Safety Action Plan

  1. Introduction to the African Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020
  2. The Five pillars of the African Road Safety Action Plan
    1. Road Safety Management
    2. Safer roads and mobility
    3. Safer vehicles
    4. Safer Road Users
    5. Post-crash response




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