University answers supply chain expert demand

University of Sydney Business School revamps courses with greater supply chain focus

University answers supply chain expert demand
University of Sydney aims to meet demand for experts.


The growing demand for logistics and supply chain knowledge has directed University of Sydney Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) to restructure is degree courses.

Associate professor and director of logistics and supply chain management programs, Behnam Fahimnia says, after revamping the Master of Logistics Management program in 2014, the ITLS will make further changes to a number of units in 2016.

"The new program has a clear focus on supply chain design, planning and optimisation and hence it was necessary to rename the program to Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management," he says.

"This is in response to the growing market demand for supply chain professionals."

The ITLS says 65 per cent of all management level positions advertised in Australia now require some logistics and supply chain skills and it is responding via "‘real world’ experiential learning through case studies and practical problem solving."

Describing its supply chain management degree program, offered at Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate levels, as "the only one of its kind in Australia to focus on quantitative analysis," ITLS says the program covers supply chain planning and design, contemporary procurement, warehouse and inventory management, global freight logistics management, and global value chain networks.

 "Students in these courses will learn how to use system approaches to tackle supply chain integration and coordination challenges," Fahimnia says.

"They will also gain insights into relationships between business processes within and between organisations, how to manage the effects of current and future trends in supply chain management on business processes and to mitigate supply chain risks."

When taking the course, ITLS says students will be able to choose electives such as green operations and reverse logistics, aviation and maritime logistics, and infrastructure project appraisal and decision making.


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