As Rwanda pursues becoming a zero-carbon economy by 2050, it faces many challenges providing mobility for inviduals and goods without causing additional traffic congestions and emissions, specially considering the increased demand for e-commerce solutions in the country. In this context, innovative logistics concepts play an essential role in the creation of mobility solutions and promoting the sustainable urban development of Rwanda. Nevertheless, the current way of teaching logistics on a university-level is mostly based on educating students on theoretical logistics concepts, instead of linking those concepts to practice-relevant content. This leads to a gap between theoretically understanding logistics concepts and being able to apply them in a concret business environment, which ultimately hinders the development of creative, innovative solutions for the mobility requirements of growing cities with infrastructural and topographical constraints, such as Kigali.
The project SUDLogER aims at improving the practice-orientation of current logistics education at the University of Rwanda (UR) and adjusting it to the logistics specifics of the mobility sector in Rwanda. This joint project of Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and UR thereby focuses on better preparing students for upcoming requirements of the labor market and providing them with opportunities to get in touch with potential employers earlier. To achieve this, the project seeks to contribute to the following main fields of action (among others):
- Bachelor and master degree modules on city logistics, mobility and sustainable urban development will be developed and implemented. The basis of these modules will be the integration of practice-oriented case studies from the mobility sector to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
- Labor market relevant offers will be implemented on a regular basis, that support students to get in touch with practice earlier (e.g. logistics contact fair, regular company field trips, guest lectures by business partners).
- An annual co-working seminar will be established in which students from UR and TUB will collaboratively work on real-life cases from companies in Germany and Rwanda. Besides the practical application, students gain intercultural competencies relevant for future employment opportunities.
- UR und TUB will conduct joint practice-oriented research projects on sustainable logistics solutions for large cities in low-income countries of Africa. The aim will be to create synergies between conducting case studies for teaching purpose and analyzing those case studies for research.
UR and TUB will be supported by a selected group of business partners from Rwanda (Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda, Gorilla Logistics Company, Dalso Logistics Company Ltd., Songa Logistics Ltd.), Germany (DB Schenker) and Switzerland (Kühne Foundation) that will contribute practice-relevant content and assist the achievements of intended project Outcomes.
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)- Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development - im Rahmen der Sonderinitiative "Training and Employment"
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service - im Rahmen des Programms "University-Business Partnerships between universities and industry in Germany and in developing countries"
- Chair of Logistics, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany
- The College of Business and Economics (UR-CBE), University of Rwanda, Rwanda
- The College of Science and Technology (UR-CST), University of Rwanda, Rwanda
- Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda, Rwanda
- Gorilla Logistics Company, Rwanda
- Dalso Logistics Company Ltd., Rwanda
- Songa Logistics Ltd, Rwanda
- DB Schenker RHO MEA, UAE
- Kuehne Foundation (KS), Switzerland
1st June 2020 – 31st December 2023