The diploma for a Master of Science in Global Logistics was presented to 25 graduates and 13 received their Master of Science in Management. The 20 members of the Executive Master of Business Administration in Leadership & Logistics program were also bidden farewell during the ceremony today. “A diploma is also confirmation of the fact that you are courageous people who are willing to take on great challenges. I hope you retain your courage and use it to strike out on new paths,” said KLU President Thomas Strothotte to honor of all the new graduates. He wished them good luck for their careers – regardless of where in the world they might begin.
Klaus-Michael Kühne, president of the Kühne Foundation that supports KLU as its flagship, also directed his words to the student cohort with the diplomas: “Your international experience and the practical and theoretical knowledge you have acquired qualify you to work in one of the fastest-changing areas of today’s business world: the logistics sector. Nowhere else has globalization left such visible marks; nowhere else must managers adapt to changing general conditions as quickly”.
In his congratulatory speech, Dr. Markus Conrad, the Chairman of the Board at Tchibo GmbH focused on the key importance of logistics for the modern economy: “Everybody talks about ‘digital natives’ and cool start ups. However: Let’s be aware that in most cases ‘logistical natives’ are most crucial for the economic success of new business models. In a globalized and consumer-centric world the optimization of the supply chain is at the centre of technical innovations”.
A special highlight of this year’s graduation ceremony at KLU was the dedication of the Küttner Globe’s new location. Mr. Kühne and President Strothotte officiated and the artist, Manfred Küttner, was also present. The unique artwork found its new home, the foyer of the KLU building, a few days ago. Before that, the well-crafted rotating globe with a diameter of 1.28 meters was on display at the Federal Press Office in Berlin.