Asia-Pacific’s first education centre for Humanitarian Logistics has been established at The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific (TLIAP) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) thanks to a generous gift from Kühne Foundation.
Natural disasters affect a growing number of people in Asia every year. Efficient humanitarian logistics and smooth supply chain supply are crucial in getting help to people in need quickly.
The Kühne Foundation – NUS Education Centre for Humanitarian Logistics Asia Pacific will raise awareness and foster partnerships between regional academics, government agencies, non-profits, universities, students and the commercial sector in this area.
The Kühne Foundation is a public-benefit organisation founded in Switzerland which supports training, further education scholarships and research in transport and logistics. It also supports various humanitarian, charitable and cultural projects.
Mr Karl Gernandt, Chairman, Kühne + Nagel International AG, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Kühne Foundation, said, “The Kühne Foundation is very proud to venture into Asia and open its first overseas office in Singapore as a joint-venture with NUS and TLI-Asia Pacific. The field of humanitarian logistics is so far an untouched subject in the region and the response for education, training and applied science is astonishing.”
Professor Tan Eng Chye, Chairman, TLIAP at NUS, and NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, said, “With Singapore’s global connectivity, pro-business environment and international talent pool, Singapore is well-poised to also serve as a humanitarian response hub for the region for organisations to plan, formulate and coordinate their humanitarian outreach or relief efforts in Asia. We are proud to be a part of this initiative.”
The Centre will conduct standardised advanced Supply Chain Management courses and research on the best practices and thinking in the humanitarian context. Its activities will be conducted in Singapore with university partners in Indonesia, Australia, Switzerland and Thailand as research and training satellites in order to extend its reach to where support is most needed.