The United Arab Emirates’ first German-partnered college designed to meet the region’s growing needs for logistics experts was launched on September 11 at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).
The German-UAE College of Logistics, which is a joint venture between HCT and a consortium of three German Universities, was officially opened in Abu Dhabi in front of an audience of the German Ambassador to the UAE Mr Frank Newmann, newly selected students, industry experts and College officials.
The three German universities are the Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau; the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and the Jade University of Applied Sciences. The College of Logistics will offer a joint German/UAE four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Logistics Management) and also a Masters of Engineering.
At the ceremony, 22 Emirati students, mainly from HCT’s Transport Engineering program, were introduced as the new intake of students at the College. The cohort included 10 female students.
Speaking at the official launch, Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of HCT, said the new College was a strong indication of the “wonderful relationships” between Germany and the UAE, and showed how quickly and efficiently the partners can work together to achieve an important result.
“This college brings the best of both worlds into a wonderful partnership – our academia and our German partners’ expertise in logistics, which will help grow the program and help promote innovation,” Dr Kamali said.
“This will make logistics very powerful in the region, creating a special model of course which no doubt will be copied by others.”
Dr Kamali said the new college will provide internationally accredited, high-standard undergraduate and graduate education for industry leadership in the field of logistics, ultimately helping to develop the UAE’s regional importance as a logistics hub.
“Due to this collaboration the UAE will be able to produce highly skilled and qualified people to operate in the growing field of logistics,” he said.
The Federal Republic of Germany’s Ambassador to the UAE, Mr Frank Newmann said the College came about due to the close work of the German and UAE partners.
“It has been a long way from being a vision to reality, and we express our gratitude to His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, whose sponsorship guaranteed it would come about and the unrelenting work of Dr Kamali. We need strong friends on the Emirati side so we can this done,” Mr Newmann said.
“This will be the first ever Emirati students will be trained by German experts in logistics here. It is my sincere hope that this college will become a hallmark for quality education in logistics in the UAE and the region.”
Mr Newmann said the new College was part of the vital and ongoing trade partnerships between Germany and the UAE, saying logistics is at the very heart of the globalized economy.
President of the Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau Professor Laszlo Ungvari said of the university’s five main collaborations the Abu Dhabi-based Logistics College was “the most interesting” when it was “placed on the fast track” by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan and Dr Kamali.
“In the last two years we have worked hard to have this project finished and we have got to know each other and understood each other and become friends. We invite the 22 new students into our big family of German universities and students,” Professor Ungvari said.
Dr Dorothea Jecht, Middle East Higher Education Projects Section Head of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which assisted in establishing the College and program described the Logistics College as a “very important pillar of academic cooperation between Germany and the Gulf Region”.
“Students will learn about the subject, but also learn about other people and their cultures. It will be a role model for joint German study programs in the Gulf Region and will help increase the number of Emirati students studying in this field,” she said.
The Bachelor of Engineering in Supply Chain Management and Logistics, to be offered in the 2011-2012 academic year, will cover all aspects of road, rail, sea freight and aviation including port management, air traffic systems, global logistics and management and will be supported by industry partners. As part of the degree students will undertake work placements in Germany, or with UAE-based German companies.