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Why You Should Study Supply Chains

Everything you see around you was delivered through a supply chain.

You can’t live in the world of today without supply chains. They are all around us. But more people need to study them so that they can become more efficient. If supply chains aren’t well managed, you can end up paying more for the goods and services you like – from your clothes to your food. It can also be less environmentally friendly.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you like to eat?
  • Do you like nice clothes?
  • Do you enjoy your tech?
  • Do you care about your health?
  • Do you like to socialize?
  • Do you like saving money?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then you’ll be interested to know that the reason you can enjoy these goods and activities is through the operation of supply chains.

Supply Chains and the Environment

CO2e emissions from transportation account for approximately 16.2% of total global emissions. Most emissions from transportation (approximately 75%) come from road transportation. Given that we’d all like to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, you would assume that everyone in the industry would be focused on improving operations and that transportation emissions would be declining over time based on improved technology. You’d be mistaken.

A key part of the problem is that many of the transport vehicles that you see on the highway or in your neighborhood are operating at less than full capacity. This means that there are more vehicles delivering goods than are actually needed, leading to more environmental impacts.

What You Can Study to Help

Fortunately, there’s something you can study that can help. At KLU (Kühne Logistics University) in Germany, our MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management focuses on helping business professionals understand the importance of well run, sustainable supply chain operations and how to best manage these operations. It also teaches you how to help them leverage their knowledge and experience to more efficiently lead organizations operating in our globalized world.

KLU’s MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management helps students understand that reducing the number of delivery vehicles in neighborhoods requires greater efficiencies in loading, more collaboration between shippers and transport companies, and more innovative approaches to last-mile delivery operations. The KLU MBA program also stresses that sustainable change can only come about if we, as consumers, think a little before we push that online order button. However, we act as consumers. What’s needed in the industry are young, smart and innovative individuals interested in making a difference. Developing these individuals is the focus of KLU’s MBA program.

Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is an exciting educational experience focused on preparing high potential professionals to become global leaders in supply chain operations and management. Students completing this program acquire practical knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Take on leadership roles in global businesses with complex international operations;
  • Develop effective corporate and supply strategies to compete in complex international settings;
  • Develop the ability to analyze complex business problems and to effectively apply management practices and principles to these challenges;
  • Understand complexities of intercultural cooperation to ensure effective interaction with international subsidiaries and partners;
  • Leverage the creative energies of themselves and their colleagues to create innovative solutions to global operational issues that are both sustainable and profitable.

Through the MBA program at KLU, you get to learn in an international, multicultural atmosphere: our students and professors come from all over the world, all our courses are held in English, and our curricula address the international issues facing today’s businesses. As part of the MBA program, two sessions are held at international partner universities: one at the Fisher College of Business, at the Ohio State University, USA, and one at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

An Exciting Opportunity to Study Abroad in Germany

Our MBA helps to boost your career by enhancing your leadership skills, developing your decision-making skills, providing you with knowledge about state-of-the-art approaches to addressing current global trends like sustainability, digitalization, and increasing protectionism and providing you with the business acumen to move up the career ladder, particularly with the emphasis we place on the environment.

Join the individuals who have attended KLU’s MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management program and change your world for the better.

Globalization, your use of the internet for shopping, your desire for rapid home delivery, and problems with supply chain operations mean that transportation, unlike all other sectors of the global economy, is increasing its CO2e emissions. This is quite disappointing, given that we all want to limit global warming. Reductions in CO2e may come as transport companies begin employing electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, but the social impact of the ever-increasing number of delivery vehicles in your neighborhood will not go away.

Supply chains are extremely important, and they need professional managers and strong leadership. If you are truly interested in the environment and a future where you can enjoy the many wonders of this world without being overrun with parcel delivery trucks, or buzz bombed by drones delivering packages, learn about how you can better manage the flow of everything around you. If this sounds like you, then KLU’s MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is the right program for you.

Author: Prof. J. Rod Franklin, Ph.D. Full Professor of Logistics Practice & Academic Director of Executive Education

Find out more about Kühne Logistics University.

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Why Study Abroad in Ireland? – University College Dublin

There are so many reasons why an international student would want to study abroad in Ireland, and in the capital city of Dublin.

One of the most important reasons is that Ireland is a perfect destination for an international student who wants a world-class education in a progressive, innovative country with promising career options. It is also perfect for students interested in stunning scenery, beautiful coastal and mountain walks, ancient culture and architecture. Those who prefer the indoors life will adore Ireland’s numerous museums and art galleries, gourmet food, coffee culture and cosy pubs with their traditional live music. 

Graduates who want to stay in Ireland for longer after they complete their studies and pursue a career will be happy to know they can avail of either one or two-year stay-back visas.

Study abroad in Ireland

Ireland is a very safe, friendly and welcoming country. On the Global Peace Index Ireland is ranked 12th in the world, and 22nd in the World Happiness Index. Young Irish people have the fourth highest standard of education in the world, according to the OECD 2019 Education report.

The Bloomberg Innovation Index 2020 has ranked Ireland as the 16th most innovative country in the world. Ireland is also home to five of Forbes Top 10 companies; Apple, Google, Alphabet, Amazon and Samsung. 

Study in Dublin

International students will feel right at home in Dublin city, which topped the 2020 Condé Nast list of Europe’s friendliest cities. They will sure of a warm welcome! The cosmopolitan city centre has all the amenities of a European capital city and is easily traversed on foot or on public transport. 

Dublin is the gateway to exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and the Ancient East. Here you will find beaches that attract surfers from around the world, cliffs, mountains, ancient ruins, hiking trails and world-renowned food and hospitality. It’s also the gateway to mainland Europe with affordable and regular flights.

Why study at University College Dublin?

University College Dublin (UCD) is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. In the overall QS World University Rankings 2020, UCD is 177 in the world. UCD is number one in Ireland for graduate employability, and 78th in the world (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). UCD has been number one for three consecutive years!

In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UCD has four subjects in the top 50, see more on our subject rankings section. For the past two consecutive years, UCD has also been named the number one university in Ireland by US News & World.

Established in 1854, there are now 34,000 students studying at UCD – more than 8,400 are international students from 140 different countries. The UCD Alumni Network is influential, successful, active and truly international.  Many of the 288,000 UCD global alumni network, living in 169 countries, hold positions in leading organisations around the world. 

Undergraduate students love the UCD Horizons programme which is much more flexible than traditional degree programmes. It offers students the choice to adapt the curriculum to their personal preferences. Along with core and option modules that make up their main degree, students can choose two elective modules from outside their degree. We’ve had Medicine students who have chosen Psychology and Orchestra!

Through six Colleges, UCD offers Ireland’s most diverse range of graduate opportunities. Masters programmes are led by academic experts and offer international graduate students unparalleled choice at all levels. UCD’s graduate programmes are recognised and valued by academic institutions and employers around the world. UCD offers Doctoral Programmes, taught and research masters, graduate diploma, certificate programmes and higher diplomas. Taught programmes are modularised to facilitate access, continuing professional development and life-long learning.

UCD is situated on 133 hectares of beautiful, green parkland – one of the largest urban campuses in Europe. Students live and study in modern, world-class buildings surrounded by beautiful, green parkland, wildlife and fabulous facilities. Take our 3D campus tour to experience it for yourself!

Some of the world-leading facilities our students benefit from include the UCD O’Brien Centre for ScienceUCD Sutherland School of Law and UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business.  

Number 1 for Graduate Employment in Ireland

UCD was ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability and 74th in the world, for the third consecutive year in the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The career services UCD offers our students are top class. Through the Jumpstart programme, international students begin their preparations before they arrive on campus. They have access to interview preparation, internship opportunities, and alumni connections.

Scholarships for International Students

There are a wide variety of scholarships and awards for international students at UCD. These awards are highly regarded by employers and industry and celebrate the diverse talents of our students. There are also a number of Global Excellence Scholarships available to international students. They are competitively awarded based on academic merit and offered by country and/or by discipline. Students must hold an offer before they can apply for a scholarship. Full terms and conditions apply. 

International Student Life at UCD

At UCD our students benefit from a unique and world-class experience, through involvement in clubs, societies and sports, volunteering opportunities, and exposure to active and independent learning strategies. 

UCD students are the most engaged in Ireland with over 100 clubs and societies in which they can explore new interests and friendships. These experiences and our campus environment mean that UCD offers unparalleled experiences for students looking to study abroad. Our students enjoy woodland walks, biodiversity areas, wildflower meadows, as well as outstanding sports facilities, health and fitness centre and the UCD Student Centre.

For more information about studying at UCD, go to www.ucd.ie/global and select your country of residence for specific entry requirements, study options, scholarships, fees, accommodation and much more.

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