Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)
Poly aiming to establish leaders in logistics
The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL), a German government-sponsored entity of the Polytechnic of Namibia developed a one-year part-time Honours degree in Logistics last year in its bid to establish leaders in logistics. The Centre also aims to develop best practice databases as well as to promote knowledge transfers within the industry. “In addition to that the centre aims to support the tasks and needs of the local transportation and logistics industry thus serving as a one-stop-shop for all logistics issues,” explains Mr. Albin Jacobs, Director: Administration at NGCL.
The programme currently has 25 enrolled students. Ten of these students were recently honoured with a N$10 000 scholarship each. “We want logistics to be recognised as a profession; it is a specific body of knowledge that can be mastered and should receive recognition. What currently happens in industry is that issues of logistics and the like are shifted to finance and administration where knowledge of the subject is minimal. Logistics needs to be recognised as a profession, and that was the idea behind the scholarships,” says Jacobs.
Handover of NGCL Scholarships to Students
(© Polytechnic of Namibia)
He then recounts the recent scholarship handout ceremony where N$100,000 were invested in the development of Namibia’s human capital in the area of logistics. “We have managed to integrate our programme very well into the Polytechnic curriculum; the programme is taught in the School of Business Management which means it will be sustainable,” Jacobs concluded.
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