Transatlantic dual masters degree program in transportation and logistics systems: the first two years of implementation
In August 2010, the University of Texas at El Paso, the Czech Technical University, and the University of Zilina jointly launched the Transatlantic Dual Master's Degree Program in Transportation and Logistics Systems. Under this program, a graduate student spends 1 year of study at the University of Texas at El Paso and a second year at Czech Technical University or University of Zilina, or vice versa. On successful completion of the 2-year program, a student earns two master's degrees. Two years of effort led to a successful proposal submitted to the funding agencies in the United States and the European Union, followed by 1 year of administrative preparation before the actual student mobility began in August 2011. The first cohort of eight students successfully completed the program in June 2012. This paper reports the sequence of events that led to the proposal submission and award, major issues that surfaced throughout the course of the project, and challenges that were overcome during the administrative preparation phase. The experiences of students and professors who have participated in this program are also documented. Key factors leading to the successful implementation in the initial years are discussed.