BARKA To learn more about logistics operations in Germany, a group of GUtech 5th semester students and the acting Head of the Department of Logistics, Prof. Dr. Halil Guenduez, recently conducted a study-excursion to Germany. The excursion was financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). “The students learnt about supply chain management how logistics work in different fields and on different scales. We have been conducting field trips in Oman. However, this is the first logistics excursion abroad. The students were very impressed about the automatization and the size of supply chain and logistics operations and even got ideas about where to conduct their internships next year,” said Dr. Halil.
The students stayed in the city of Aachen where they first visited GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University. There they met the Dean of the School of Business and Economics Prof. Thomas Kittsteiner and by Prof. Dr. Oliver Lorz who introduced them to the department, the studies at RWTH Aachen and the campus.
Each day the group then visited a different Logistics company in the field of airport, maritime and distribution logistics in the region, such as DHL in Aachen-Wurselen and Cologne-Frechen, the baggage handling logistics center of the Airport of Cologne, and Zalando Apparel and Shoes warehouse in Mönchengladbach as well as a coal mining industry and the port of Duisburg. On the sidelines the students also visited historical cities of Cologne, Stolberg, and Monschau in Germany, the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and the Belgium capital Brussels.
About the programme
“The Bachelor of Science in Logistics aims at providing students with a solid and in-depth knowledge of logistics, supply chain management, and transportation management. The programme combines a comprehensive education in engineering subjects of logistics and in business subjects of logistics and supply chain management. The graduates will primarily gain knowledge about the most important business methods and theories, the understanding of logistics and the ability to apply optimization and simulation techniques. Beside those skills the programme offers management and entrepreneurial courses, so that graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to work in a responsible position of an established logistics company as well as in a start-up or emerging business, in particular in the field of logistics service providers.” said Dr. Halil.
The programme has a quantitative orientation which includes many courses where good mathematical understanding is required. Graduates of the Logistics programme will be able to take over responsible administrative or management positions in logistics in the Sultanate of Oman and the region or to enroll in further postgraduate programs. Our aim is to support Oman’s logistics chain investments with very good qualified graduates, boosting the Sultanate’s capacity to move its domestic and export cargo, as well as strengthen its credentials as a major freight transshipment hub.