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Statistical analyses of motivations to participate in a rail focused extra-curricular activity and its short terms personal impacts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anna Fraszczyk, Dr Marin Marinov



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The objectives of this paper are to analyse motivation to participate in an extracurricular rail-related academic activity as well as short term personal impacts achieved by students participating in a three-week long intensive programme in rail and logistics delivered by multinational consortium of higher education institutions for three consecutive years starting in summer 2012. A majority of participants were undergraduate and postgraduate delegates representing partner universities from ten European countries. Data used for analyses presented in the paper was collected via feedback forms at the end of each edition of the programme. Although the curriculum of the programme varied slightly each year (e.g. various partner universities, research projects, technical visits), majority of the content remained constant throughout three editions, which allowed for a comparison of longitudinal data in terms of delegates’ satisfaction and overall performance of the programme. The socio-economics of each year’s delegates varied in terms of numbers, nationalities, academic backgrounds and male-female ratio. The analyses presented in the paper focus on short term personal impacts and outcomes achieved by the end of the three-week programme. The analyses of results presented in the paper revealed a number of positive impacts experienced by students participating in the programme. Firstly, the main reasons for delegates to participate in the activity were to: broaden their academic knowledge in rail and logistics, gain an experience in studying and working in a different European country and practice their English language skills. Secondly, positive judgement on personal outcomes of the programme achieved increased from 76% in 2012 to 90% in 2014. Finally, 75% or more students believed that participation in the programme will have an influence on their future career plans.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fraszczyk A, Drobisher D, Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 7th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management, Phuket, 2016

Year of Conference: 2016

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 22/12/2016

Publisher: The Laboratory of Logistics and Supply Chain Management