Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group unveils programmes to equip UAE’s logistics professionals

Published March 10th, 2010 - 09:45 GMT

Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group (ADUKG) has introduced a series of programmes to equip logistics professionals and specialists as the UAE continues to grow into a logistics hub, with almost US$26 billion of projects in hand.

According to the International Logistics Performance Index’s cross-country comparison, the UAE is the Middle East’s highest ranking country in terms of performance within the logistics and supply chain industry, marking 3.63% growth in 2009.

To meet increasing demand, ADUKG - in partnership with the Logistics Department of Berlin Technical University (TU Berlin), an internationally renowned university in Germany - has launched its transport and logistics portfolio, which will be offered by the Institute for Vocational Development (IVD). An inaugural two-day programme, held 17th-18th March 2010, will provide research-based and comprehensive insights into logistics’ basics functions and key sub-areas.

Entitled Basic Principles, Organizational Concepts, Trends & Strategies in Logistics, the course also focuses on dynamic effects in value-added chains, importance of integrated cooperation in the process chain and strategies and tools for meeting customer requirements.

“As global trade increases, the demand in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for transport and logistics services is set to further boost opportunities to companies involved in this sector. The programme is critical for equipping industry professionals with the skills to meet significant developments in the world of logistics and supply chain. A good understanding of this dynamic and growing sector is important for decision makers across a range of industries in the UAE,” said Richard Firth, Director of IVD.

“With the wide range of practical examples and interactive methods we are offering, participants will become familiarised with the creative and organisational options for efficient and holistic logistics management as well as placing the corresponding concepts into practice.”

The programme will be facilitated by internationally recognised transport and logistics experts headed by Professor Dr.-Ing Frank Straube, Managing Director, TU Berlin Chair of Logistics; Dr. Philippe Tufinkgi, Managing Director, International Transfer Center for Logistics (ITCL); Dr. Stefan Doch, Doctoral Research Associate, ITCL; and Balkan Centikaya, Doctoral Research Associate, ITCL. They will tackle key issues including trends and strategies, goals and key indicators, procurement and supply chain management.

Dr. Tufinkgi commented that, “the vision of this long-term partnership is to expand the international knowledge exchange aligned between Germany and the UAE. The collaboration strategy builds on this vision and is a holistic collaboration approach with three pillars – Education, Applied Research, and Projects. This approach aims to transfer and bundle knowledge for the intelligent management of logistics and transport in the light of growing transport flows between Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

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