Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is a renowned international centre of thought leadership in the crucially linked areas of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management. We focus on providing impartial, evidence based research on these key facets of Australia’s economic competitiveness, environmental prosperity and social wellbeing, with a view to informing the management and policy directions of industry and government.

Recognised as an Australian Key Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Research since 1995 (in collaboration with the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University) and with a partner institute, ITLS Africa, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (established 2008), we hold the Australian government’s highest possible rating (ERA 5) for a research institute – well above world standards.

The Director of the Key Centre and of ITLS is Professor David Hensher who is regarded as one of Australia's most eminent transport academics and someone in high demand as an adviser to industry and government.

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The spirit and challenge of ITLS

If there is one thing that our past students have said about studying at ITLS it is the high quality of the academic program and the commitment of academic and support staff in ensuring that ones time at ITLS is not only a learning experience but a period of conviviality in one's life. Everyone wants to engage in new learning as well as make new contacts from around the world and leave with a feeling of belongingness and achievement. This is the ITLS mission.

While our program is focused on academic objectives, we recognise the need for diversity in the set of management and specialist skills that produce well-rounded managers and leaders of the future. Our students like the opportunity to gain a solid grounding in the development of theory, strategy and practice backed with appropriate technical skills in transport and logistics management. The range of core and elective units of study in transportation, logistics and general management sharpen (or whet) the appetite of all our students.

These ensure that the diversity of study is shaped by a need to acquire certain basic skills in management and planning. Most importantly we set ourselves the challenge to produce reflective students who can ask penetrating and lucid questions on current issues. ITLS recognises that communication skills are as important as technical skills. How often is someone impressed with the way in which a position is articulated? ITLS graduates are given the opportunity to acquire these skills through the diversity of learning media such as face to face lectures, debates, group projects, video-recorded presentations and feedback as well as on-line study. With over 23 countries represented in our student body we are truly international. The networking has proven to be a most valuable part of the ITLS experience. We hope you will be motivated to want to participate in our program.

ITLS-Sydney Cares, Inspires, Educates and Creates employment opportunities for its students.

Articulated Training

Within a University environment, ITLS has been singularly successful in introducing a fully articulated series of management-oriented learning programs to cater for a very diverse background of participants. The diversity accommodates individuals with no formal tertiary education through to those with undergraduate qualifications. The opportunity for individuals to enter our non-award courses certificate grams and to articulate through to the Graduate Certificates of Transport and Logistics Management, the Graduate Diplomas in Transport and Logistics Management, and the Masters of Transport and Logistics Management is impressive. In addition, we offer the opportunity to combine the specialist Masters programs with a number of selected Masters programs offered by the University of Sydney and the possibility to undertake postgraduate research through our PhD or MPhil program.

Keeping aware of activities at ITLS

As well its academic and training program the Institute has an extensive program of related activities including contract research to industry and government, publications, participation at conferences, software development, and links to other leading transport and logistics institutes around the world, especially in the USA, UK, Canada, The Netherlands, Chile, Brazil and Sweden.

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Meeting objectives

The primary objective of ITLS is to undertake graduate teaching, executive programs, grant and contract research and development in the fields of transport and logistics management. The table below show the objectives of ITLS in detail and provides performance measures to demonstrate how well the Key Centre is meeting each objective.

Objective Performance Measure
  1. Offer specialised training courses, workshops, short courses on topics of interest in the area of transport and logistics management.
  2. Widen the range of courses available for middle level professional managers in critical areas of transport and logistics not currently served.
  3. Build on the recognised need for stronger links between education of technical specialists and managers in transport and logistics.
  4. Equip managers in all disciplines, the small business sector and local government to succeed in the face of technological, economic and institutional change.
  5. Bring high quality transport and logistics management programs to people outside Sydney and widen the offerings of courses in Sydney through access to courses provided by ITLS.
  6. Undertake research to develop state-of-the-art management practices and technical processes.
  7. Seed the development of innovative ideas in transport and logistics management policy and professional practice in Australia, in which ITLS plays a role.
  8. Contribute to Australias growing participation in the Australasian and Asia Pacific region in a leadership role in transport and logistics management.
  9. Collaborate with key players having an interest in transport and logistics management and its applications.
  10. Provide a focus for University activity in areas of transport and logistics management and establish an environment attractive to those committed to excellence in graduate transport and logistics management programs and research.

Development and delivery across all modes (face-to-face, distance, on-line) of high quality graduate transport and logistics programs, certificates, advanced certificates, executive programs, short courses and workshops to meet specific training needs.

Active research program and consultancy work for a wide range of government and private clients and a successful doctoral program. ITLS research

Transfer of knowledge developed through research to client groups through:

  • publications, including 20 working papers and over 45 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings annually; ITLS publications
  • editorial positions held by staff on leading international and national journals;
    • participation in local and international workshops, conferences and seminars;
    • media engagements;
    • participation in local and international networks of transport and logistics managers and engineers; ITLS research.
  • in-house seminar series with internationally renown speakers. ITLS research

All performance measures mentioned above.