Jacobs sets up new logistics master program with Universidad de Buenos Aires
Jacobs University has joined forces with Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) in Argentina to set up South America’s first stand-alone master program in International Logistics Management. The new one-year program under the name of InterLog is specifically designed to cater for the increasing demand for logistics experts in Latin America. It will be modeled on Jacobs University’s current MSc in International Logistics: Management and Engineering.July 26, 2012
On September 5, the new graduate program will be officially presented in Bremen by both institutions. The first students are expected to enrol in autumn 2013. They will spend time at UBA in Buenos Aires and Jacobs University in Bremen, lectures will be held in English.
The program has just been cleared for funding by the Deutsch-Argentinisches Hochschulzentrum (DAHZ), which is in turn supported by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and their Argentine counterparts.
Last November, Jacobs University and UBA, South America’s largest university with 300,000 students, agreed to work together on the joint logistics program. Joachim Treusch, President of Jacobs University, and Rubén E. Hallú, Rector of UBA, signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ in May.
The program will be coordinated by the International Logistics and Engineering Department of Jacobs University and the Law School of UBA. Jens Froese, Kieserling Stiftung Distinguished Professor of Maritime Logistics, will be the chief coordinator on the German side.
Prof. Froese says: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to share our logistics expertise in South America where no such study program exists as yet despite an ever increasing demand for experts in this field.”
The idea to introduce the program came on the back of an initiative by Volkswagen Argentina. International companies in Latin America not only expect a reliable and affordable handling of their product flow, but also a solution to problems posed by state regulation.
Furthermore, the increasing fragmentation in production, assembly and distribution add to the complexity of international trade and can often only be dealt with by highly-skilled logistics experts. Foreign trade policies – on a scale from protectionism to free trade – pose additional challenges.
Author: Jacobs University