Thursday, March 21, 2013

Logistics University Again Seeks to Test Humanitarian Responses

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GERMANY – For the third year in a row, Kühne Logistics University (KLU) is holding a case study competition for Bachelor students with the winning team receiving a scholarship at the university. After last year's successful event with twenty four participants from Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Qatar vying for primacy, the competition will once again focus on a humanitarian logistics problem.

In 2012, the theme was ‘a humanitarian assistance intervention in Colombia, in the aftermath of an earthquake’. The teams were asked to make strategic decisions, initiate transfer thinking, demonstrate a solution-oriented approach, and make a professional presentation, and additionally they had to complete all their work in English. Once again, at the end of April, motivated students and graduates with a business management background will once again face the logistical challenges of a humanitarian assistance intervention, based on a real case.

Bachelor students and graduates, preferably with some knowledge of business management, must solve a problem in the Humanitarian Logistics field in advance to be eligible to participate in the contest. KLU will invite the people who submit a persuasive solution to participate in the actual case competition. Teams of two people will be created on-site at KLU, and then they will be given a real-world logistics task related to disaster relief or to development operations.

The teams will only have a few hours to work out a practical, strategic solution and then present it to a jury consisting of KLU professors and Alexander Blecken, Deputy Director of the Procurement Practice department at UNOPS, an operational arm of the UN whose role it is to actually react with long term solutions to this type of real life scenario and whose partners include the World Bank, USAID, UNHCR and the European Commission to name but a few. This year’s task is designed to identify and empower innovative thinkers, strategists, and people who would like some insight into the key role logistics plays in the work of aid organisations.

Participants are not required to have any prior knowledge of humanitarian logistics. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2013. Applicants only need to send a brief email titled ‘Case Competition’ to and they will receive the case study for qualification. The case competition itself is planned for April 27, 2013 and will take place on the Kühne Logistics University HafenCity campus in Hamburg, Germany.

More details of the KLU can be read in an article from last year or by typing the initials into our News Search box.

Photo: A real life intervention, the Juba Nile Bridge was reinstated in 2012 ahead of schedule in a UNOPS managed project funded by the US Government. The only bridge over the Nile River in South Sudan has restored the flow of vital goods and services to the capital of the world’s newest nation.