Universities join forces to establish supply chain training centre

University of Sydney and University of Newcastle collaborate on food and beverage supply chain training.

Universities join forces to establish supply chain training centre
Coca-Cola is among a number of businesses backing the supply chain training centre.


Two leading New South Wales universities have joined forces to establish a new supply chain training centre focused on the food and beverage sector.

The University of Sydney’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) and the University of Newcastle will train researchers capable of designing and managing safe, sustainable and cost-effective food supply chains.

The initiative is being touted as a significant boost to Australia’s national food industry, which is worth more than $30 billion dollars annually and employs 15 per cent of the national workforce.

A number of significant players have backed the new training centre, namely the CSIRO, Coca-Cola, SunRice, Sanitarium and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The ITLS is now calling for applications for a PhD scholarship in food and beverage supply chain optimisation, valued at nearly $30,000 per annum.

"The successful applicant will to join our team and will work on supply chain design and management projects in close collaboration with our industry partners," associate professor Dr Behnam Fahimnia says.

"The focus of these projects will be on the development of decision tools and optimisation models for the design of efficient, resilient, and sustainable supply chains in food and beverage industry."

Those interested in applying for the scholarship need to contact Fahimnia.

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