The Kühne Logistics University held its second case competition for
Bachelor’s students last weekend. Eighteen competitors from Germany and
Europe spent all Saturday poring over a humanitarian logistics case study
with a view to presenting a good result to the jury.
The task was a realistic disaster relief assignment for which participants in
two-person teams had to draw up a meaningful strategic solution. "Solving the
case with a team partner you had only just gotten to know was a challenge in
itself, but our different academic backgrounds complemented each other and
helped us to solve the task professionally," said the winner Sybille Lips.
"Drawing up an emergency logistics plan for an earthquake in Colombia under
pressure of time is highly significant in terms of content. Presenting it – and in English – to three professors and a specialist with practical experience was very exciting," Florentine Genss added. Entrants came from Poland, Turkey and even Qatar to take part in the case competition, and all of them were ambitious
students who love challenges of this kind: first to learn something and
compete with others and then to win a scholarship to study at the KLU. "The
commitment to the case study that the participants showed and the results
they achieved were most impressive," said Professor Maria Besiou, Assistant
Professor of Logistics at the KLU.
World Vision Germany’s Daniel Ginsberg accounts for the keen interest shown
in the competition as follows: "Humanitarian logistics is an exciting sector that triggers emotions even among people who are not logistics specialists because it appeals to the emotions. People can visualize tasks that need solving to cope with a humanitarian catastrophe, and the case study enabled participants to gain a deeper insight into the key role that logistics plays at aid organizations."
Demand was so strong and interest so great that another case competition will
be held at the KLU next year.
The person to contact at the KLU is Christine Sänger, +49 40 328 707-152,