MSc Urban Transport Planning and Management

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Program starts every year, first semester.



Duration in semesters: 

4 semesters


Ethiopia is the second populous country in Africa. Structurally, its economy is based on agriculture and it is suffering from poverty. In line with this, it has been already mentioned that the transport sector had been and is still overlooked by the concerned authorities. Rapid growth of urbanization has led to growing mobility and demand for transportation. Steadily, rising car fleet in cities has increased congestion, number of accidents and environmental deterioration. Urban areas are dominated by poor road infrastructure density and quality, poor public (mass) transport service and costly operation of transport services. Increasing motorization was and is with poor institutional structure and with ill management conditions. This calls for the need to reformulate the best capacity building in transport planning and management with the aim of providing safe, cost-effective and environmental-friendly transport system to bring about sustainable socio-economic development. Capacity building related efforts in a nutshell is marginal in Ethiopia. Even today Federal Transport Authority is suffering from shortage of skilled professionals capable to cope with transport dynamics. Trained professionals in transportation are deficient at the country level in the regions, in local authorities, and in public or private transport operation sectors.

Currently, the demand for transport professional is rapidly increasing because of the following reasons:

  1. The current policy direction, which propagates agricultural Development Lead Organization (ADLI) and favors’, decentralized development.  These directions exacerbate the demand for transport so as to enhance urban rural linkage and regional specialization.
  2. The current rate of growth of the economy (11%) and the assumed rate during the planning period of Growth and Transportation Plan (GTP) (11-15%) put transport on top priority.  Therefore, this ambitious plan has expected more from the transport sector in facilitating national and inter-national trade, with particular emphasis on export promotion.
  3. The increasing rate of global economic dynamism and the need to provide reliable means of transport to maintain competitiveness, which rather signifies the importance of skilled professional in the sector.
  4. Fast rate of development of transport technology and its associated benefit and environmental concerns require skilled professional for effective management.
  5. Proliferation of market oriented agricultural activities (poultry, floriculture, dairy and beef farming) and the growing efforts of the mining industry (cement) have demanded reliable transport, which necessarily is coordinated, planned and managed by skilled professionals.
  6. Rapid rate of urbanization and policy induced urban-urban and urban rural linkages escalated the need for transportation and transport professionals.
  7. The impact of Road Sector Development Program I, II, and III in facilitating regional integration by improving road network density, accessibility and connectivity; and the increasing need to administer and manage the growing complexity of transport system largely attract the attention of the policy makers in boosting the number of transport professionals.
  8. The tourism potential of the country in general, and the attention of the already identified world heritage sites (Axum, Lalibela, Semen Mountain, Harar, Konso and the like) heightened the importance of transportation.

Thus to meet the various sectors of the economy discussed and to enhance the social and political development of the country, building sound transport system is of great significance which is    strengthening the capacity of the transport institutions (organization, manpower and infrastructure).  And therefore, this curriculum is primarily designed to address the human resource need of transport institutions of the country at large.

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Exit Level Outcomes

After the completion of the Masters of Sciences (MSc) Program in Transport Management the Graduates will be able to:

  1. Have a critical understanding of the concepts of transportation system, transport development, and  its principles;
  2. Acquire managerial and technical skills to tackle transport challenges and apply the same effectively as a transport professional;
  3. Critically undertake transportation research in terms of its major components, i.e., fixed facilities, flow entities and control system;
  4. Marketing transport services to clients  and negotiate contracts, coordinate transport logistics as per requirements of transport entity and control consignment and dispatch documents according to operation guidelines , procedures and formats
  5. Design resource mobilization strategies, application of  rules and regulations,  the capacities of transport entities in terms of their reliability related to maintenance;
  6. Evaluate transport operations  and  prepare performance report for further decision making;
  7. Plan and design innovative interventions in terms of transportation policies, management procedures and operations; and
  8. Lead transport development projects and implementation programs in field-offices and transport research institutions.

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