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Final Activity Report Summary - TRANSPORTNET TC (European Transport Research and Education Network - Training Courses)

The major target of the project was the education and training of young researchers in the field of transportation through of a series of training courses covering the following thematic areas: Transport Businesses and Markets; International Trade, Transport and Policy; Development and Management; and Urban Mobility. For each research area a specialised in-depth course stream was organised consisting of teaching, visits and study cases (short research projects). The whole duration for the completion of each "in depth" course stream is six weeks, divided into three periods:
1st period: two weeks of lectures and first stage of preparation of "cases". During this period, the students stayed in the university hosting the course.
2nd period: three weeks for the progress of "cases". During this period, the students were at their 'home' university.
3rd period: one week for the finalisation and presentation of the "cases". During this period, the students went back in the host university.

The objective of the courses was to present various critical aspects of transport business and markets and provide the most recent developments and trends. The courses were addressed to students of an "early PhD" level. Therefore, it was assumed that the targeted students have already accomplished a first cycle of basic and advanced theoretical courses in transport economics, modelling and planning, are familiar with the relevant approaches and can follow specialized and research oriented topics.

For each lecture and according to the topic, various teaching material were distributed to the students, such as notes, relevant published papers etc. The lectures were supported by the technological means (power point slide projection, simulation tools etc.). The choice of "cases" was done in relation to the topic's importance and scientific interest and also taking into account available data. Documents concerning the case framework and data sets were prepared and presented to the students during the "kick-off" meeting of the work groups. The networking was extremely intense between the students, and also between students and professors of the eight universities engaged. The results were very good and students showed high satisfaction on the way the training program was conducted.

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