NAMIBIAN-GERMAN CENTRE FOR LOGISTICS

Partner countries: Namibia and Germany

Efficient logistics are indispensable in gaining access to regional and international markets. Both the population and industry depend on goods and commodities being available in sufficient volume and in good time. Logistics, therefore, plays a key role in continuing economic development of Southern Africa. Namibia is a country that is well positioned and has a critical role to play with respect to regional integration, particularly within SADC region’s non-coastal states (Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). However, the logistics and transport industry is faced with various obstacles, including the lack of logistical knowhow and shortage of professionals. To address some of important need, the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) was institute in May 2009. The aim of the centre is to promote excellence in the logistics and transportation sector, and nurture research that contributes to deciphering transport challenges within the SADC and Sub-Saharan African region. The centre is a co-operation between the Namibian University of Science and Technology and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, both of which have established an excellent reputation in the field of applied research, education delivery, and development support.

The centre offers the following programmes: a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Programmes in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, demand-orientated in-house training and certified courses for professionals, and technology transfer and development of technological solutions adaptable to the special local needs. The Centre also hosts a one-week workshop on logistics and transport pathways on an annual basis. Dubbed the Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop, the event brings together industry, government and academia to discuss developments in the logistics and transport sector. This platform has attracted domestic, regional, and international delegates and speakers aiming to outgrow the sector.

Alumni: Since inception, 110 students have graduated with an honours degree and at least 28 have successfully completed the master’s degree.

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