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SBS Partners with the Kuhne Foundation to Offer the Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management Programme

  Feb 20, 2020

According to the Future of Jobs Report 2018 by the World Economic Forum, the future of work is shaped by powerful forces of technology (automation) such as big data, artificial intelligence and value chain engineering. More so, roles such as data analytics, supply chain, and logistics management and operations management will either remain stable or become new roles in the future.

It is ardent that institutions of higher learning can create a workforce capable of taking up new or performing well in stable roles, the design of programmes offered must reflect the future demands of the workplace.

Dr. Andre Kreie, Director of Global Logistics Education, Kuhne Foundation, emphasized the need for universities and institutions of higher learning to reinvent and modernize their teaching methods. “What we teach today will be very much outdated in the next 20 years,”  he said.

Why Supply Chain Operations and Management?

The Supply Chain Operation and Management field is very demanding and is at the core of all the facets of the economy and society. According to a survey by Deloitte from 2014, 79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve revenue growth superior to the average within their industries.

About 50% of the companies globally will use IT in Supply Chain and Logistics while another 57% of companies believe that supply chain management gives them a competitive edge.

“A country’s economic development is strongly co-related to supply chain and logistics management,” Dr. Andre Kreie, Director Global Logistics Education, Kuhne Foundation.

Why Partner with Kuhne Foundation?

The Kuhne Foundation is renowned the world over for its initiatives to promote education, further training, and research in the fields of logistics and transport. The foundation’s goal is to develop and support logistics as a scientific field.

Logistics is facing a major challenge; digitalization, globalization and the call for more sustainability are creating new, complex interactions that require pro-active shaping and integrated thinking. The foundation connects research institutions that provide scientific supervision of new developments and supports further education of the current and upcoming generation of managers.

Programme Objectives

This programme calls for integration in the procurement of goods and services, inventory management, transportation to and from production and service facilities, distribution of goods and services: and the information system infrastructure to support the processes. At the core of it is a focus on quality management, lean systems and information systems implementation.

Special emphasis is placed on production, logistics, big data, blockchain, automation, and artificial intelligence and how they will impact supply chain and logistics in the future. Moreover, it exposes students to a better view of the supply chain with an emphasis on flexibility and performance in a complex and uncertain business environment.

Career Paths

A career in supply chain and operations management is an appealing prospect to those who want to work in logistics, transportation, supply chain systems and planning, and control activities.

Students are well prepared to work in a wide range of careers in the private sector, government, and not-for-profit organization. Job roles include inventory planning analyst, production scheduler, production planner, operations manager, contracts and pricing manager, supply chain management consultant, logistician, and transportation manager among many others. 

March 2020 intake ongoing.

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