Logistics professionals can learn much of what they need to know on the job. But to gain a better understanding of how to manage complex transportation operations in today's global economy, formal education can be useful. One academic institution that recognizes that need and aims to fill it is the University of Denver, home to the Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI). The university recently added a new major and a scholarship to its transportation education lineup.
The university's college of professional and continuing studies, University College, has launched a Global Commerce and Transportation major to be offered through its Bachelor of Arts Completion Program. The degree major is available online, on campus, or through a combination of both. Instruction covers transportation safety and security issues, law and policy, and economics/finance as well as international trade, supply chain and logistics, and transportation modes and nodes. The Bachelor of Arts Completion Program is designed for adults who have completed at least one year of undergraduate education.
The new Lindsay E. Fox Scholarship will support graduate education in intermodal transportation management in the executive masters program at the ITI. The scholarship is sponsored by Linfox Australia Pty. Ltd. in honor of Lindsay E. Fox, founder of Fox Group Holdings and Linfox Logistics. Linfox employs 18,500 people and operates more than 5,000 vehicles and 3.2 million square meters (34 million square feet) of warehouse space in 10 countries.
Fox was a member of the ITI board of directors from 2001-2010, when he was elected to ITI board emeritus status. His company's "Linfox College" enables employees to study online and at executive management courses at business schools worldwide. Linfox is a strong supporter of the ITI Executive Masters Program; 14 Linfox employees, including Chief Executive Officer Michael Byrne, have participated in the program since its inception in 2002.