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U of M and Russian University Agree to Exchange Program

For release: November 22, 2013
For press information, contact Kimberly Grantham, 901/678-4279

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at the University of Memphis hosted a delegation of 20 Russian logistics professionals as part of the International Trade Administration Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program Nov. 18-20.

During the program, the U of M and Volga State Academy of Water Transport signed a memorandum of agreement to hold scientific, educational and cultural exchanges. Dr. Andy Meyers, U of M vice provost for research, signed the agreement on behalf of Interim President Brad Martin.

IFTI arranged a three-day freight transportation course for the Russian professionals that included time with several IFTI research faculty members to learn about the four modes of transportation and IFTI’s research specialties, presentations from the Memphis logistics industry (BNSF, Commercial Advisors, CN Railway, Dunavant Logistics, FedEx, and JAMAC Logistics) and a few technical tours to the CN Hump Yard, BNSF Intermodal Yard and the FedEx night sort. This is the fourth year that IFTI has hosted a SABIT group.

From left, Dr. Martin Lipinski, IFTI director emeritus, Dr. Andy Meyers, U of M vice provost for research, and Professor Alexander Lisin of Volga State Academy of Water Transport attend the signing of an agreement to hold scientific, educational and cultural exchanges.
From left, Dr. Martin Lipinski, IFTI director emeritus, Dr. Andy Meyers, U of M vice provost for research, and Professor Alexander Lisin of Volga State Academy of Water Transport attend the signing of an agreement to hold scientific, educational and cultural exchanges.

“We are overwhelmed by the opportunity to solidify this international partnership with a transportation university in Russia. Partnerships like these truly signify the global impact of our research,” says Dan Pallme, IFTI interim director. “This agreement impacts our current and future students by expanding their breadth of opportunities.”

The International Trade Association, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements. 

IFTI addresses critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the nation’s intermodal freight transportation systems, with an emphasis on the intermodal issues that have local significance with national and international implications. The extensive transportation infrastructure in the Memphis region provides the perfect working laboratory for IFTI to solve critical problems facing the freight industry and to generate educational opportunities to develop tomorrow’s leaders. More information about IFTI is available online at www.memphis.edu/IFTI.  

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