1. The service

1.1. Description of the course

This distance-learning course on Port Management & Development (hereinafter called the “Course”) has been launched by seven leading scholars (hereinafter called the “Instructors”) that successfully cooperate in the knowledge dissemination platform PortEconomics (www.porteconomics.eu), bringing together their expertise and covering all aspects of port development and management.

The Course is composed by eight modules (four mandatory, and four elective out of ten); although customers (hereinafter called the “Participants”) have the possibility to purchase only one module and get the corresponding diploma for that.

Unique characteristics of the program are:

  • The Course brings together the expertise of recognized thought leaders from all parts of the world. 
  • All Course material is industry oriented, the scholars all have first hand experience in the industry.
  • The Course combines self-study with interaction with leading scholars. 
  • The Course is attractively priced, and can be followed when and where Participants want.


1.2. The modules

The Course consists of four mandatory modules that create a deep and broad understanding of the industry, and four electives (out of ten) that allow Participants to develop specialist knowledge. 

For each module, Participants will make a tailor made assignment and get feedback from the Instructors. Each module requires about 40 hours participant work and the whole program can be finished in less than 1 year based on a 1 day-week commitment. 

Participants can either choose to follow one module and receive a certificate for that module, or follow the complete course, consisting of four mandatory modules and four electives (see Modules Description). Successful Participants will receive a PortEconomics Port Management & Development Diploma.

Any new features added to or augmenting the Service are also subject to the Terms of Use.


1.3. Timing

Students can start a module whenever they want; after starting one module, they need to finish it within five weeks.

The study load for participants is roughly 5 days (40 hours) for every module, roughly for 2,5 days reading and 2,5 days assignment (incl. improving based on feedback). The duration of the diploma is thus roughly ten months, and requires roughly one day a week.


1.4. Assignments

For each module (except the first two, that consist of reading and answering assignment questions), the approach is as follows:

1. Participants receive a reader (downloaded from the virtual campus).

2. Participants read the reader.

3. Participants view the online video(s). 

4. Participants work on a short assignment (8-10 pages). This assignment will be designed tailor made for the student after enrolment.

5. Participants discuss their assignment once with their instructor, through Skype roughly when the Participant has done more than 50% of the assignment.

6. Participants submit their final assignment.

7. The instructor grades the assignment.


1.5. Instructors

Every module has one principal instructor who developed the reader, and a number of co-instructors, who have provided material for the reader, and are mentioned as co-authors of the reader.

Instructors have two weeks to grade the assignment. The first and second modules do not have an assignment, but an “exam” to assess whether the students have read and understood the modules.

Students are expected to work independently; there is no scope for asking all kinds of questions to the instructors. Contact with the instructor is limited to one Skype call, unless instructors voluntarily agree to provide more feedback through the forum.

Participants evaluate each module and instructor after finishing (grade 1 to 10).


1.6. Virtual Campus

The exchange of documents is done through a Virtual Campus. It is the place where the participants will find the material and may exchange views with other participants on a forum.

Each participant will have a personal account through s/he will be able to login on Virtual Campus and get all Course material.


2. Acceptance of terms

PortEconomics provides its service to you through its Virtual Campus website (www.porteducation.eu/virtualcampus) and individual accounts created for you, the Participant.

By accepting these terms you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by the following terms, and that e-learning materials made by you on www.porteducation.eu are within your rights to make. If you are entering into these terms on behalf of an employer or third party, you represent that you have authority to bind that entity to these terms. If you do not have such authority or do not agree to the terms and conditions, you cannot use the PortEconomics service. 

You acknowledge that these terms constitute an agreement between PortEconomics and that your electronic signup acts in place of a physical signed agreement.


3. Terms of Use

PortEconomics reserves the right to terminate or modify the service at any time, without prior notification.

The Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any warranty or condition, express, implied or statutory. 

PortEconomics makes no claims that the service will be uninterrupted or error-free and customers use the application at their own risk. However, if the application will be unavailable due to planned maintenance we will endeavor to notify all users at least 7 days in advance. 

You agree, as a Participant, not to license, resell, lease, transfer or distribute the service to any third party vendors. 

You agree, as a Participant, not to use PortEconomics for unlawful purposes, such as infringing privacy, data ownership or intellectual property rights. 

You agree to act within anti-spam policy guidelines for your country and shall not use PortEconomics to transmit unsolicited mail. 

As a Participant of PortEconomics you acknowledge that PortEconomics is the proprietor of the course material and you do not have the right to adapt, copy, modify, or distribute it. 

You agree to keep your login information confidential, and to restrict each login to one person. A single user account cannot be shared by multiple people. 

PortEconomics reserves the right to cancel the account of a Participant immediately, and without warning, if the Participant infringes the above terms.  If, at PortEconomics’ sole discretion, we determine the Participant has abused their access rights to the PortEconomics application termination without warning will take effect immediately.


4. Our responsibility to you, the Participant. Data privacy & security

In providing you the service we shall maintain all administrative and technical safeguards to protect the security, confidentiality and integrity of your data. 

PortEconomics will only ever access your account upon your request for technical assistance. You will be asked to provide explicit consent each time an employee of PortEconomics needs to access your account. No employee of PortEconomics will access your account without prior permission; unless required to do so by law. 

PortEconomics shall maintain all rights, title and interest in our respective patents, inventions, copyrights, trademarks, domain names, and any other intellectual or property and/or proprietary rights. The rights granted to you to use the Service do not convey, by extension, any title to patents, inventions, copyrights, trademarks, domains name or any other intellectual property owned by PortEconomics. 

Any feedback, enhancement suggestions or recommendations received from you can be incorporated into the PortEconomics service: worldwide; royalty-free; in perpetuity; and to any other PortEconomics product(s) by transfer. You cannot claim any rights to these incorporations, either now or in the future.


5. Third party services

To deliver our service to you, PortEconomics may utilize third party services. Your acceptance of these services confirms your compliance with the terms and conditions of these third party services. PortEconomics is not responsible for, nor does it endorse, the governance of your rights by third party companies. PortEconomics is not liable for any damage or loss attributed to, or connected to, your access of a third party’s services.


6. Billings, Payments, and Taxes

Each individual, as identified by a unique email address, is allowed one personal account. Participant can choose to follow either the whole Course (eight modules) or only one module.

The Participant receives a five-weeks access for each module once payment has been made. The Participant will need to finish the module within the next five weeks.

There are no refunds for downgrades or cancellations of accounts after starting the Course.

The fee of the eight modules Course is €4,600. Fee for any single module studied separately is €750.

Participants who purchase one specific module must pay the total fee at registration. Participants who study the whole course can pay the total fee at registration or pay the fee as follows:

  • 50% of the fee at registration, 
  • 25% before starting the fifth module, and
  • 25% before starting the seventh module. 

Given the case that any Participant does not pay the fee at the right moment, PortEconomics will block the personal account of this participant until the payments are done.

There will not be VAT charged, except for those Participants from Europe. In that case, Participant country VAT will be charged, unless Participant is registered in the VIES census (System of Exchange of Information on VAT), then VAT will not be charged.


7. Termination / cancellation of service

Cancellation can be done within the PortEconomics application or by emailing a written request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  As soon as the cancellation notification is fulfilled the Participant will no longer have access to the application or its contents. PortEconomics reserves the right to delete the contents of all cancelled accounts.


8. Modifications to service or prices

PortEconomics reserves the right at any time to modify, or discontinue, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. PortEconomics shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.


9. Disclaimer of warranties

The service, including the Virtual Campus and content, and all server and network components are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without any warranties of any kind to the fullest extent permitted by law, and PortEconomics expressly disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, title, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.  You acknowledge that PortEconomics does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, error-free or virus-free, and no information or advice obtained by you from PortEconomics or through the service shall create any warranty not expressly stated in these terms.


10. Limitation of liability

No consequential damages. Under no circumstances and under no legal theory (whether in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise) will either party to these terms, or such party’s affiliates or their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, suppliers or licensors be liable to the other party or any third party for any indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, consequential, punitive or other similar damages, including lost profits, lost sales or business, lost data, business interruption or any other loss incurred by such party in connection with these terms or the service, regardless of whether such party has been advised of the possibility of or could have foreseen such damages.

Limits on monetary damages. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in these terms, PortEconomics (including any of its affiliates) aggregate liability, for damages (monetary or otherwise) under these terms claimed by you or any third party arising from our service, shall be limited to the lesser of (i) actual damages incurred, or (ii) payments made by you for the service during the twelve (12) months preceding the claim. The parties acknowledge and agree that the essential purpose of this section is to allocate the risks under these terms between the parties and limit their potential liability given the fees charged under this agreement, which would have been substantially higher if PortEconomics were to assume any further liability other than as set forth herein.  The parties have relied on these limitations in determining whether to enter into these terms.


11. Severability

If any provision in these Terms is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, such provision shall be modified by the court and interpreted so as to best accomplish the original provision to the fullest extent permitted by law, and the remaining provisions of these Terms shall remain in effect.


12. Relationship of the parties

The parties are independent contractors. These Terms do not create a partnership, franchise, joint venture, agency, fiduciary or employment relationship among the parties.


13. Governing law and dispute resolution

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws. Any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or the performance, breach or termination thereof shall be finally settled by the competent court.


14. No Other Rights

No other rights or licenses are granted under this Agreement, by implication, estoppel, statute or otherwise, except as expressly provided herein.

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