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ence is that of Stahl (2007), who explains his teaching experience in simulation for over 30 years at dif- ferent universities and countries, and in different programs at undergraduate, graduate, and executive lev- els. Finally, Fonseca et al. (2009) discuss some teaching experiences regarding simulation courses at different universities using Internet-based education both pure online and blended learning models. 3 SIMULATING A VEHICLE ROUTING PROBLEM AT BSM UPF 3.1 Context The Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a young, public and modern university founded in 1990. It structures its studies on three main fields of knowledge, namely: (i) social sciences and humanities; (ii) health and life sciences; and (iii) communication and information technologies. It has about 15,000 students and offers 22 undergraduate degrees, and about 25 official masters. In 2010 UPF launched the Barcelona School of Management to take one step forward in the internationalization of training in business leadership and management. The BSM offers 7 Masters of Science (MSc), an MBA, about 30 executive masters and var- ious postgraduate programs. The first simulation experience we relate has been implemented in the course “Management Science and Business Informat ion Systems” of the Master of Science in Information and Communication Tech- nologies (ICT) Strategic Management offered at the Barcelona School of Management for the first time in the academic year 2012-2013. This master was created on merging two pioneering international groups within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the ICT Department and the Economics and Business Department. Its aim is to train professionals specialized in the use and management of information and communication technologies, something that has become increasingly important with the advent of Internet, the conver- gence of technologies and the new generation of personal devices. Its students have either an Economics or Business background or come from more technical degrees like Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. The program consists of four terms (15 months) that include a total of 19 cours- es. In the first term, there are two parallel tracks recommended for each of the two main student profiles (economics/business and engineering/science). The second and third terms offer a selection of strategic management subjects and tools. The last term consists of a part-time or full-time internship and develop- ment of the final project. The course “Management Science and Business Information Systems” is offered in the second term and has a duration of 30 lecture hours, distributed in 20 hour-and-a-half sessions. The course focuses on the use of quantitative analysis and information systems technology for decision making in problems from a myriad of different areas like health, finance, logistics or marketing. The course covers topics like business analytics, linear programming, location and distribution problems, scheduling and simulation. In its first edition, the class was composed of 18 students from 11 different nationalities. Most of these stu-
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