06 November 2012

Kühne Foundation and NUS establish Humanitarian Logistics Education Centre in Singapore

Singapore - 06 November 2012 - The Kühne Foundation, a public-benefit organisation based in Switzerland, today announced it has partnered The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific (TLI - Asia Pacific) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), to establish a joint education centre on Humanitarian Logistics. 

The Kühne Foundation - NUS Education Centre for Humanitarian Logistics Asia Pacific is a first for the region. In line with its guiding concept “from/by Asia for Asia”, the Centre housed under TLI - Asia Pacific will be a unique platform for raising awareness and fostering collaboration between regional academics, government agencies, non-profits, universities, students and the commercial sector in this area. 

Mr. Karl Gernandt, Chairman, Kühne + Nagel International AG, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Kühne Foundation commented, "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.” 

The Centre will conduct standardised and advanced Supply Chain Management courses and research into best practices and advanced Supply Chain Management thinking in the Humanitarian context. Its activities will be conducted in Singapore and 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. 

Professor Tan Eng Chye, Chairman, TLI – Asia Pacific at NUS, and Deputy President (Academic Affairs and Provost, NUS commented, “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 and I wish the Centre and its collaborators every success.” 

“We welcome the set up of the Kühne Foundation - NUS Education Centre for Humanitarian Logistics Asia Pacific in Singapore. This is a strong validation of Singapore’s status as a thought leader in supply chain management solutions. The Centre provides a platform for the non-profit community in Singapore and the region to leverage Singapore’s logistics knowledge and capabilities to advance their developmental and humanitarian efforts in Asia. The training curriculum will also create volunteer opportunities for industry professionals based in Singapore to be deployed to non-profit organisations operating in humanitarian disasters,” said Mr Quek Swee Kuan, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. 

The public-benefit Kühne Foundation was established by the Kühne family in Switzerland in 1976 and supports trainings, further education, scholarships and research in the fields of transport and logistics. Apart from its logistics initiatives the Foundation engages also in various medical, humanitarian, charitable and cultural projects. The sole donor of the Kühne Foundation is Professor Klaus-Michael Kühne. 

Source: National University of Singapore and Kühne Foundation