Bridging the Atlantic: Colombia's Ambassador Guest at KLU

The Ambassador of Colombia to Germany Hans-Peter Knudsen Quevedo paid a visit to Kühne Logistics University (KLU) on June 21, 2019. He was greeted by Thomas Strothotte, President of KLU; Orlando Baquero, Managing Director of the Business Association for Latin America (LAV); Head of KLU Relationship Management, Rupert Seuthe and Juan Pablo del Valle, Program Manager Executive Education.

Knudsen Quevedo, who held the offices of Rectorat the Universidad de Ibagué and President of the Colombian University Association before taking office as Ambassador in Berlin, was particularly interested in exploring suitable cooperation opportunities in the university sector. During their discussion, options were examined as to how the four German schools that are located in Colombia can attract high school graduates to study abroad at Kühne Logistics University.

Visit of the master students of the partner university

The Business Association for Latin America (LAV) has also played an active role in expanding the network between KLU, Colombia and LAV. While at KLU, they announced the prospect of supporting Colombian students and junior staff. They discussed opportunities for placement of internships, traineeships and full-time positions via the association's network of members.

The fact that Kühne Logistics University is already actively cooperating with its partner university Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá was demonstrated by the 24 Colombian students who spent a week at KLU in June. While here, they received their participation certificates in the presence of the Colombian ambassador. The master’s students in Logistics, Finance and Business Administration were accompanied by Professors Gordon Wilmsmeier and Marcus Thiell, who both teach at the University of Bogotá. Wilmsmeier serves also as the Kühne Professorial Chair in Logistics.

KLU President Thomas Strothotte and Ambassador Knudsen Quevedo welcomed the students, some of whom already hold management positions in Colombian or international companies. In their speeches, Knudsen Quevedo and Strothotte emphasized the importance of constructive cooperation between the universities in Hamburg and Bogotá in order to prepare the next generation of decision-makers for the challenges of an economy shaped by global change and digitization.