Internationalisation of the economy influences global transport flows
The service and information society is placing increasingly higher demands on mobility and logistics. In addition to increased communication flows, internationalisation trends are leading above all to the increasing networking of goods flows. The share of globally procured goods is currently about 40 % - expected to increase to half of the procurement volume by value by 2010. The strong growth in world trade is accompanied by a significant increase in the load in the global transport networks due to rapidly growing container transports in air and sea freight. On the one hand, the existing main routes between North America and Asia as well as Europe and America will take on more traffic - on the other hand, other routes will gain in importance. Freight traffic within China, for example, is forecast to grow by more than 10 % annually.
New challenges in global transport networks
The progressive containerisation of international trade poses new economic and ecological challenges for today's transport networks. The future challenge is to assess the changes in the mobility of both goods and people more reliably in order to be able to react with the right corporate and logistics strategies.
Integrated transport networks are a prerequisite for efficient transport logistics
In the future, the control of inter- and intracontinental flows of goods can only be guaranteed on the basis of integrated transport networks. Against this background, it is of particular importance to ensure efficiency in process handling as well as the environmental compatibility of the choice of transport modes. The prerequisites for an efficient and ecologically sustainable design of the networks are the interconnection of infrastructures and the creation of intermodality of the modes of transport.
The Transport Logistics course covers the consideration of globally positioned transport networks and their actors from a holistic and cross-modal point of view and focuses on research approaches to cross-actor and cross-interface networking of logistics systems with the aim of holistic performance and reliability improvement in the entire network. The primary objective of the transport logistics courses is above all the cross-modal view.
The Transport Logistics course covers the core areas of transport logistics infrastructures, technologies, services, information and communication technologies in transport, as well as port and airport logistics. The basis of the teaching is the transfer of basic knowledge and the development of solution competence through case studies of cooperating practical partners within the framework of the Transport Logistics course.