African center of excellence receives endowed chair

The African Center of Excellence with locations in Tanzania and Kenya, and in which Kühne Logistics University (KLU) participates, has completed its faculty. An endowed chair, co-funded by the Kühne Foundation, has been established. Initially, two academics from Tanzania and Kenya were recruited for the chair. The center of excellence develops master's programs in sustainable management in the fields of resource management and food supply. The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) will fund the center for five years until 2025 with a total of 2.2 million euros.

To mark the occasion of the Kühne Foundation's new chair, on November 1st representatives of the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) visited the KLU campus. A certificate was also presented, followed by lectures and discussions by and with KLU professors. The program also included a virtual visit to the FOM University of Applied Sciences in Essen for academic education alongside work. The guests and KLU representatives learned about a virtual lecture hall.

Establishment of master's programs in sustainable management

Both KLU and its partner universities are planning master's programs in sustainable management (Sustainable Management and Operations, SuMO). They are structured similarly, so it will be possible to complete parts of the program at one of the partner universities.

Principal Investigator of the transdisciplinary Center of Excellence is KLU Dean of Research Prof. Maria Besiou. The Kühne Foundation’s Logistics Education – Emerging & Developing Countries (LEED) team, led by Dr. André Kreie, supports the operational implementation of the center in Africa.

DAAD supports 12 centers of excellence in Africa

DAAD has supported universities since 2008, in nine African countries at present, in establishing centers of excellence to improve quality of education and expand local research capacity. With the goal of educating future leaders according to international standards, 12 centers have now been established, each of which is supported by a German university.

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