African Logistics Networks (Modul Angewandte Logistikforschung)
- © TU Berlin
Effective logistics is an important component of sustainable economic development and successful economic activities. This requires a considerable amount of logistics expertise in the country as a whole, but above all for key sectors such as textile and food processing industries in Ethiopia as well as the mobility sector.
In its vision for 2025, Ethiopia has set itself the goal of becoming a "middle income country" and wants to position itself as a "leading manufacturing hub of Africa." It is the country’s explicit goal to advance economic development in different industrial sectors by setting up several industrial parks and implementing further incentives. To achieve these goals, logistical capabilities that were previously lacking must be built up and expanded by the various supply chain players. In addition, the implementation of efficient and effective logistics practices must be adapted to the specific needs and demand of the Ethiopian markets and the African continent.
This module aims to give students an insight into the different logistics structures and networks on the African continent and to strengthen their ability to develop innovative solutions that fit the local conditions and requirements.
The main focus of the course in summer semester 2020 lies in the Ethiopian logistics structures, transportation modalities, port issues and specific challenges of the agricultural and food processing industries in this country.
The participants will work in groups together with Ethiopian students from the Addis Ababa University (AAU) on a relevant case study and present the results. In addition, a written report must be submitted by the end of January 2021.
The module will be divided into three components.
Block 1 (only obligatory for students of AAU)*: Kick-off, introduction to the course and content preparation. In addition, the students will take part in two seminars to improve their presentation skills and will work intensively on the case study.
*Even though Block 1 is only obligatory for students of AAU, we strongly recommend to the students of TUB to participate on the events.
Block 2: Kick-off, introduction to the course and exploration of characteristics of logistics in Africa (and Ethiopia). In addition, students will take part in team building activities and prepare for intercultural teamwork.
Block 3: Thematic lectures and introduction to the Case Study together with the industrial partner.
The course will be held in English.
6 ECTS points are awarded for successful completion of the course. For further information on the workload of the course click here. 
Due to the current limitations owing to COVID-19, this course will be held in form of online lectures and discussions.
Lecturer of the event
- © Nitsche
- © Fachgebiet Logistik - TU Berlin
The course will be held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube  and Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Nitsche .
Only Master students with previous knowledge of Logistics and excellent English skills will be considered.
This course will be evaluated corresponding to a portfolio examination.
|Case Study Presentation||60 of 100|
If you are interested in participating in the course, please send an email to email@example.com 
Students must enroll in the course via LNV and Quispos or Prüfungsamt.
Possibility of Enrollment in the Course
- Master industrial engineering: Optional module in the integration area
- Diploma students und students of other courses of study: free choice
This course will also take place on the summer semester in the years 2021 and 2022.
Weekly consultation hours on Tuesdays parting from November 10th from 10 to 12 am (GMT+2) will be offered to support the teamwork and case study development.
|Kick-off: Intoduction to the TUB, course
content, structure and requirements||October
16th, 2020||1 pm - 3 pm
Study ||October 19th, 2020||9
- 11 am / 1:30 - 4 pm |
|Seminar “Presentation and communication
skills” pt. II||October 28th,
2020||1 pm - 3 pm (GMT+2)|
information event||November 2nd,
2020||10 am - 12 noon
|Kick-off: Introduction to the AAU, course contents,
structure and requirements||November 3rd,
2020||12 noon -2 pm |
|Seminar “Intercultural competencies”/
Get-together and cultural exchange||November
9th, 2020||12 noon - 2 pm |
|Lecture and case study presentation by
VARTA and Q&A||November 10th,
2020||12 noon - 3 pm |
|Conference “Ethiopian Logistics in Practice –
Future Success Strategies"||November
19th, 2020||9 am - 12 noon
presentation of the case study||November
30th, 2020||12 noon - 2 pm |
|Submission of the case study
|Presentation of the case
studies / Introduction to the written
2020||12 noon - 3 pm|
|Submission of the written
AnsprechpartnerinAngelica Coll, M.Sc.
+4930 314 274 99
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AnsprechpartnerBenjamin Nitsche, Dr.-Ing.
+49 30 314-26007
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Room H 9174
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