Transportation is generally defined as an action of transporting people or goods or the process of being transported safely, comfortably, effectively, efficiently and economically. The increase in a number of the population would definitely impact the need for transportation facilities and infrastructure. Currently, the fulfillment of transportation needs is marked by an increase in private car ownership. It is of any concern to realize that if private car ownership becomes way too high, the wider road spacing should also be taken into account by the government. Regardless of this ideal solution, however, the area of land available for the road is relatively limited. While in contrast, the acquisition of land to date is highly difficult to be granted. Given this fact, it is a necessity to provide a certain mode which is capable of transporting people or any other type of stuff. This can be done by the implementation of mass transit alternatives such as rail transport.
In the general conception, the use of rail mode must be followed by the provision of transportation infrastructure (viz, railway). For this purpose, Indonesia has recently been developing the infrastructure of railway throughout its territory. In an urban zone, railways for the use of light rail transportation with low-speed has been constructed, whereas for inter-city the construction of railways for regional trains with high-speed features has also been developed. The provision of railways should also be followed by the provision of other supporting operation facilities along with the operational management and infrastructure.
In order to anticipate the need for railway transportation experts, the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya, as one of the leading universities in Indonesia, will hold a Master Program in transportation engineering and management which is known as one of the areas of expertise in Graduate Program of Civil Engineering at ITS, starting from the academic year of 1993/1994 based on the Approval Letter from the Director General of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia No. 108/DIKTI/Kep/1993.
For more information, the Master Program of Civil Engineering at ITS has been accredited A by BAN-PT. For graduate students who enroll in this program, some of the improved insights will be provided, such as technical knowledge in railway engineering and management, in addition to critical areas related to the evaluation of transportation facility requirements, integrated planning, design, maintenance, and operation of railway transportation facilities.
- Railway Engineering Quantitative Method – 2 Credits
- Railway Geometry Design – 3 Credits
- Urban and Regional Railway Network Planning – 3 Credits
- Railway Design and Construction – 3 Credits
- Research Methodology – 2 Credits
- Railway Operations Management – 3 Credits
- Railway Bridge Construction – 3 Credits
- Mass Transportation Engineering – 3 Credits
- Transportation Facility and Mode Transfer – 2 Credits
- Elective Courses – 6 Credits
- Thesis – 6 credits
- Railway Transportation Economy – 3 Credits
- Environmental Impact and Safety of Railway Transportation – 3 Credits
- Geotechnical Design of Railway – 3 Credits
- LRT Geometric Design – 3 Credits
This Master Program has 36 credits in total, and it is scheduled to be completed in 4 (four) semesters. For students whose former field of study is not analogous, they must enroll for the matriculation course.