Learning about Logistics in Europe – An Excursion to Germany

HALBAN A group of 16 Logistics students from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and their professors have conducted a two-week study-excursion around Germany recently. As part of the excursion, the group participated in a special logistics course at RWTH Aachen University, Department of Business. At RWTH Aachen University the group was welcomed by Professor Dr. Oliver Lorz who is the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at GUtech. The Dean of the RWTH Aachen School of Business and Economics, Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe RWTH Aachen welcomed the students. “For the trip, the best among their cohort were sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to RWTH Aachen in Germany. At RWTH Aachen, the students were happy to meet Prof. Dr. Oliver Lorz who is teaching at GUtech as a fly-in professor. Students were fascinated by the different research areas, in particular, “Operations Research and Management” which is supported by the “Business Analytics Lab”. In this laboratory, contemporary management situations are supported by methods from Operations Research. This area is very strong in Logistics education at GUtech and combines practical applications with basic research, which is in particular, relevant for Logistics,” said Prof. Dr. Tobias Buer, Head of the Logistics Department, Faculty of Business and Economics at GUtech.

As part of the excursion, the group visited the city of Cologne and a number of companies such as Zalando in Essen and the Zeche Zollverein that was once the largest and most modern hard coal mine in the world and a symbol of industrialization in Germany. The group also visited leading Logistics companies such as the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf. In its ‘Innovation Centers’ around the world, DHL showcases the latest logistics solutions and discusses visions and trends for the future. The students also experienced Electric Vehicle developed for Deutsche Post DHL by professors and students at RWTH Aachen. At Duisport, Europe’s biggest hinterland hub that connects rail, inland-waterway, and road transport, the students saw containers that arrive via deep-sea vessels at the port of Rotterdam or Antwerp. The containers are shipped via the river to Duisport and then continue their transport via Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan to other ports around the world and as far as China.

During the excursion, students also experienced everyday life in Germany. “They were exposed to the benefits and hassles of complex public transport systems in Germany. Through several cultural visits, the students also learnt a lot about German and European history. For example, we visited the ‘House of European History in Brussels’, Belgium, and the UNESCO World-Heritage Site Zollverein Coal Mine industrial complex in Germany. Zollverein was one of the largest and most advanced mines in Europe until it closed in 1986. Until then it was the heart of the industrialization of Germany, it is a symbol for hard-working miners that brought wealth back to Germany after World War 2, and a painful but necessary transition from an industrial, coal-based region to a cultural and technology-driven region today,“ said Prof. Dr. Tobias Buer.

(c) GUtech Text & Photos: Prof Dr. Tobias Buer and Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

 

 

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