About KLU

Kühne Logistics University

About KLU

Kühne Logistics University

Kühne Logistics University – Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU) – is a private university located in Hamburg’s HafenCity. KLU is one of very few private universities in Germany entitled to confer their own PhDs.

The independent, state-certified university’s major research areas are Sustainability, Digital Transformation and Value Creation in the fields of Transport, Global Logistics, and Supply Chain Management. 2020 KLU celebrates its 10th anniversary under the motto "10 years of award-winning teaching and research".

The 2019 ranking of the Wirtschaftswoche identifies KLU as one of the strongest research universities in the field of Business Administration in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Out of 200 competing universities, KLU reaches the top 20 in the overall ranking and scores No. 2 among all private universities. In terms of research-output per professor, KLU faculty is ranked No. 7 in the overall ranking and No. 1 of all private universities. In the latest CHE university ranking, KLU obtained the highest marks for all major criteria. Learn more about our ranking results here.

With one BSc and three MSc degree programs, a structured doctoral program, and a part-time MBA, KLU offers its 400 full-time students a high level of specialization and excellent learning conditions. KLU has an international team of 24 professors who teach in English. In open, tailor-made management seminar series, industry specialists and managers alike benefit from the application of academic findings to practical issues.

KLU mission statement

KLU Vision

To be the University for Logistics and Leadership driving the world’s welfare through focused research and education.

KLU Mission

To increase the significance and understanding of Logistics and Leadership in research and education, in industry and society. In line with this,

  • we produce state-of-the-art research of highest international standard with high impact and outreach,
  • we provide high-standard, research-based education and prepare our students to become responsible leaders that have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to seek and create positive impact within their organizations, between organizations, on the debate in the field, and, in general, on a sustainable transformation of our global economy and society,
  • we support the industry and society at large in successfully mastering current and future challenges, based on our research and education.

KLU Values

  • we rely on the Hanseatic characteristics of our hometown Hamburg: cosmopolitanism, reliability and networking skills,
  • we value internationality and diversity as enrichment and source of inspiration,
  • we embrace fact-based, data and evidence-driven decision-making,
  • we are a people’s place cultivating an atmosphere of collegiality and community, mutual trust and understanding,
  • we foster ethical behavior and an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Kühne Stiftung

Klaus-Michael Kühne is the sole benefactor of the Kühne Stiftung (Kühne Foundation), set up by the Kühne family in 1976. The foundation’s objective is to support training and continuing education, and to foster science and research in the fields of logistics, supply chain management, and transportation. In addition to supporting the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, the Kühne Stiftung finances a professorship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), the Center for International Logistics Networks at TU Berlin, a logistics institute at Tongji University in Shanghai, and the Kühne Center for Logistics Management at WHU’s Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar near Coblenz on the Rhine. The foundation also supports research in medical science and sponsors humanitarian, charitable, and cultural projects. 


Kühne Logistics University is situated in Hamburg’s HafenCity waterfront urban development area. The location is one of Europe’s largest seaports and is ideal for the campus. KLU is strongly oriented towards economic science and interdisciplinary studies. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Maritime Logistics and the technology-oriented logistics center at Hamburg University of Technology, KLU is part of an important cluster of logistics research institutes in northern Europe.

The Dean's List honors those KLU students in our academic programs who consistently perform at the very top of their class. For each program, only the best 10% of students based on the GPA are recognized with this honor.

The Dean's List is published twice during the course of each study program:

  • at mid-term (after 1 year for MSc programs, after 1.5 years for BSc programs) and
  • at the graduation.


The current Dean's List:

MSc Management Class of 2020 (mid-term):

  • Max Nowosad
  • Christoph Sarwas

MSc Global Logistics & SCM Class of 2020 (mid-term):

  • Sandra Rudeloff
  • Christopher David Gaede
  • Moritz Schümann
  • Nina Mayer
  • Annika Gedamke

MSc in Global Logistics and  Supply Chain Management Class of 2019:

  • Elsa Cropp
  • Max Körber
  • Christian Carreri
  • Tim Schlaich
  • Jan Baus

MSc in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management Class of 2018 (mid-term):

  • Sandria Weißhuhn
  • Rhys Hange
  • Nina Wagner
  • Hanna Feller
  • Marie Klose

MSc in Management Class of 2019:

  • Karla Kaufmann
  • André Eikenkötter
  • Iqra Qamar

MSc in Management Class of 2018 (mid-term):

  • Felix Sklenarz
  • Oliver Ettrich

BSc in Management Class of 2020:

  • Philip Zimmer
  • Henry Müller
  • Tim Bündert
  • Tamara Straup Lopez

BSc in Management Class of 2019 (mid-term):

  • Mulan Bartz
  • Maik Wiedmann
  • Julia Bahn

BSc in Management Class of 2018 (mid-term): 

  • Helen Ewald
  • Till Micke
  • Julian Schusta 

BSC in Management Class of 2017 (end-term):

  • Sonja Brauner
  • Christian Carreri
  • David Ekere

Dean's List - Master
Dean's List - Bachelor
Dean's List - Spring 2016
Dean's List - Fall 2015
Dean's List - Spring 2015
Dean's List - Fall 2014

KLU is supported by the Kühne-Stiftung, which is also the sole shareholder of the holding company of KLU, Kühne Logistics University GmbH.

The President and the Managing Directors oversee operational management of KLU and serve as managing directors of the contracting body. The President supervises the academic staff of KLU, and together with the deans, is responsible for the research and teaching concept. The Head of Administration oversees operating and administrative matters of the university. The commercial operations of the holding company are supervised by a Supervisory Board, which is appointed by the Kühne-Stiftung (Foundation). The Supervisory Board appoints the managing directors.


KLU university bodies have powers of decision in matters delegated to them by KLU’s constitution or agreements with the body governing the university. University bodies include:

Executive Board

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte
    President & Managing Director
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou,
    Dean of Research / Professor of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Prof. Christian Barrot, PhD
    Dean of Programs / Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation
  • Fabian Berger
    Head of Administration & Managing Director
    Managing Director KLU Executive Education

Academic Senate

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte 
    President & Managing Director
  • Fabian Berger
    Head of Administration & Managing Director
    Managing Director KLU Executive Education
  • Prof. Jan Fransoo, PhD
    Professor of Operations, Management and Logistics
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot
    Dean of Programs / Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation
  • Prof. Michele Acciaro, PhD
    Head of Logistcs Department / Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Becker
    Associate Professor of Marketing Service Management
  • Prof. Maria Besiou, PhD
    Professor of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel
    Associate Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg
    Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy
  • Prof. Joern Meissner, PhD
    Professor of Supply Chain Management and Pricing Strategy
  • Prof. Dr. Sandra Transchel
    Associate Professor for Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke
    Head of Management Department / Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Maria Kern
    Student Recruitment & Marketing Manager
  • Dr. Duc Linh Pils
    Head of Program Management
  • Christina Imdahl 
    PhD Candidate
  • Rieke Schnepel
    MSc in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management - Class of 2019
  • Philip Zimmer
    BSc in Management - Class of 2019

University Management

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte
    President & Managing Director
  • Fabian Berger
    Head of Administration & Managing Director
    Managing Director KLU Executive Education

Supervisory Board

  • Karl Gernandt
    Kühne Holding AG, Executive Chairman (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Michael Kühne
    Kühne + Nagel International AG, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors 
  • Dr. Thomas Staehelin
    Kühne-Stiftung, Vice-Chairman of the Board
  • Dr. Christian Berthold
    Kühne-Stiftung, Executive Director
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers

Professor of Marketing and Innovation

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Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD

Professor of Logistics

The KLU Code of Conduct:

  • promotes a shared sense of community,
  • codifies a standard of conduct that we all agree to live by, based on a sense of shared value,
  • communicates our values and mission to the outside world.

Standards of good practice

1. Respect

  • We shall treat each other with respect, fairness, and tolerance.
  • We shall value people irrespective of characteristics or attributes such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, age, social status, race and disability.
  • We see diversity as a source of enrichment for our community.
  • We shall champion the active integration of all, especially foreign, KLU members into our community.

2. Cooperation

  • We shall communicate openly and honestly, while dealing with information conscientiously and responsibly.
  • We shall be helpful and support one another.
  • We shall ensure that criticism is constructive, and provide encouragement.
  • We shall help and promote each other in our professional and personal development.


The objective of the EDO is to increase awareness on equality and diversity matters at KLU by fostering the dialogue on these issues among staff, faculty and students. The EDO provides informal advice to the university administration and student services on issues related to equality and diversity and if requested will participate as an observer in any meeting, committee or activity as deemed appropriate by the relevant decision body, e.g. the President, Executive Board, Student Bodies, etc.

The EDO meets on the premises of the university every three weeks and has activated an email to deal with (anonymous) complaints and suggestions. Please contact us if you are interested in the EDO activities. Although the EDO operates collaboratively with a Committee, its representative is at the moment Michele Acciaro. Members of the Committee are:

  • Prof. Dr. Henrik Leopold
  • Deputy
  • Holly Hillen
    Vice Deputy
  • Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou
  • Prof. Dr. Prisca Brosi
  • Susann Chahoud
  • Juan-Pablo del Valle
  • Julia Rieg
  • Lea Rüsch
  • Johanna Schnier
  • Julia Schwarz

You can contact the members of the Committee individually or write to EDO edo(at)the-klu.org. You can request that your case is dealt with confidentiality.

Unlike most universities in Germany, where the appointment, promotion and tenure process of faculty is very different from international standards, KLU’s process is very similar to an international tenure track.

Young assistant professor are normally appointed on a 3-year temporary contract, which can be extended for a further 3 years upon satisfactory development. In the sixth year of appointment at KLU, the faculty member involved applies for tenure by submission of his or her tenure dossier. The tenure submission needs to be supported by the Head of the Department that the faculty member belong to, and the Dean of Research, who both are a member of the tenure evaluation committee.

The tenure evaluation committee is instructed to provide a holistic evaluation of the performance of the faculty member in terms of research (including research output in academic journals), teaching (including student evaluations), outreach (including impact on the field) and university service. The tenure committee usually requests external independent experts to provide a written evaluation of the academic standing of the applicant. The tenure evaluation committee makes a recommendation to the Academic Senate, who then votes on the tenure decision and makes a recommendation to the KLU President. The President has a final decision.

Tenured faculty will be contracted for indefinite duration, until mandatory retirement (currently at age 67).

Subsequently, depending on performance, faculty typically would apply for promotion to full professor after 4-6 years.

It is important to note that once an assistant professor is appointed to a tenure-track position, KLU has budgeted for the eventual tenure and promotion, independent of how other faculty perform. The evaluation is just based on the merit of the faculty member concerned.

Note: this document provides a legally non-binding overview of the tenure process at KLU. The process is formally governed in KLU’s tenure and promotion regulations

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