The demand for leaders capable of dealing with challenges related to highly interconnected and digitalized supply chains will further increase in the future.
Jacobs University’s program Supply Chain Management (SCM) aims to satisfy this demand through a holistic educational approach focusing on interdisciplinary and practical knowledge that prepares its students for the complex challenges facing both industry and logistics research. It does so by encompassing the initially mentioned core challenges in different ways and appropriately roots them into various modules of the curriculum.
What makes Jacobs University SCM program so attractive is its strong focus on data analytics and data engineering. In an increasingly interconnected and digitalized world, a vast amount of data is gathered along supply chains that need to be processed, analyzed and made accessible to decision-makers. Specially tailored modules in data analytics and programming equip our students with these skills, which are in high demand across industries.
A highly interdisciplinary program: Admitting students from different disciplines from different prestigious universities worldwide, the program aligns students´ knowledge on SCM in the first semester and builds on this with specialist modules in the next semester. From the third semester, independent research and application becomes more prominent, which eventually results in preparing a master’s thesis on a challenging topic.
The program is application-oriented in its nature. This is reflected in the modules by aligning the contents with real-world issues, integrating practitioners from successful companies of various industries, collaborating with companies in terms of case studies, and field trips. With regard to content, the program focuses on companies´ needs in today’s world and takes into account external company structures. It explores supplier relationships as well as the management of relevant company networks.
Soft skills and personal competence development for best employability: Apart from professional qualifications, the development of social competence is necessary for a successful career in the field of SCM. Therefore, a core emphasis of the program is placed upon supporting the participants’ personal development in terms of soft skills and language skills. To account for the diversity in the student body and their tendency to work in Germany, we train students in (German) language proficiency and convey country-specific information to give them the best preparation for the national as well as the international job market.
Experience-based learning and intense student-teacher communication: The study program chair believes in the efficiency of experience-based learning. Hence, faculty, lecturers, and tutors intensively use case studies, business games and simulations as active teaching methods. Furthermore, students learn and work successfully in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. Intensive communication and discussion between lecturers and participants are central elements of the program. The personal support of each student by an assigned Academic Advisor as well as regular meetings with the program chair fosters the successful completion of the program despite different learning rates and entry knowledge levels.