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Bereich LogistikAfrican Logistics Networks: Module Applied Logistics Research

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African Logistics Networks (Modul Angewandte Logistikforschung)


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.

Learning Objectives

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.

Course Structure

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



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.

Grade Composition
Case Study Presentation

60 of 100

Written Report
40 of 100


If you are interested in participating in the course, please send an email to 

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.

Course Dates
Block 1
Kick-off: Intoduction to the TUB, course content, structure and requirements
October 16th, 2020
1 pm - 3 pm (GMT+2)
Case 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)
Block 2
Online information event
November 2nd, 2020
10 am - 12 noon (GMT+2)
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
Block 3
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 (GMT+2)
Mid-term presentation of the case study
November 30th, 2020
12 noon - 2 pm 
Submission of the case study presentations
December 14th, 2020
11:59 pm
Presentation of the case studies / Introduction to the written assignment
December 15th, 2020
12 noon - 3 pm
Submission of the written report
January 31st, 2020
11:59 pm


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