Kühne launches logistics university

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The Kühne School of Logistics and Management is founding a private independent university: The Kühne Logistics University (KLU), which will become part of the Hamburg cluster for logistics research institutes.

Over the next five years it will develop two international non-consecutive Master’s Programmes, a Bachelor’s Programme, and a continuing education programme. The profile of the KLU will be completed with a PhD fellowship programme as well as international and interdisciplinary research.

The central theme of the KLU is Business Management with a particular focus on “Logistics”, in its economic, technological and international aspects. It is thus intended to serve as exemplary education for qualified management and leadership in complex circumstances.

The Kuehne Foundation, which is the sole shareholder in The Kühne School of Logistics and Management, is currently examining potential locations for a dedicated building for the University in the HafenCity of Hamburg.

The KLU plans to launch its teaching activities in October 2010 with the first non-consecutive Master of Science programme in “Global Logistics”. The Programme includes a period of study at one of the Asian, European or American partner schools.

As a result of this move the former Kühne School will be released from its alliance with the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg.

The Kühne School’s executive programmes will continue and be expanded. State recognition will shortly be applied for from the education and science authorities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and discussions to date on this matter have been promising.

The founding president is Dr Wolfgang Peiner, a trained freight forwarder and chartered accountant, who for many years was the chairman of the board of directors of the Gothaer Insurance Group. He was also finance senator of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, a post which he held from 2001 – 2006 and in which capacity, he was also a member of the Science Council for five years.

For three years he has been a member of the University Council of the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. Among other mandates, Dr Peiner is a member of the board of directors of the Kuehne + Nagel International AG.

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