Experience report about the International Logistics Seminar in Dubai
Experience report written by Charlotte Keller, student of Business Administration – Forwarding, Transport and Logistics at DHBW Mannheim.
The second student mobility within the project „International Logistics Seminar“ (ILS) took place from February, 22nd– March, 1st 2020 in Dubai and connected students from Mannheim, France and Dubai. ILS is part of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, a program of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. The project is supported with an amount of 134.981,33 €. The trip to Dubai was a huge success, as Charlotte, one of the participants, reports:
February 22, 2020 was the long-awaited day: together with my fellow students of the Corporate State University in Mannheim, we met our teachers at the airport in Frankfurt in order to fly together to Dubai. A few months prior, all of us applied for participation at the International Logistics Seminar in Dubai. 12 students of the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD), the University of Toulon (UT) and the Corporate State University of Mannheim are allowed to take part at a time. The aim of the program is to work together on logistic case studies, get to know the economy of the partner cities and thereby also foster the intercultural exchange between the participants. Within the 7 days in Dubai we had the opportunity to attend various lectures on the logistic sector and the economy in Dubai, visit logistics sites on the spot but also get to know the touristic side of Dubai with all the sights and attractions.
We arrived to Dubai at a relatively late stage on the evening. The next day, all students met at CUD in order to get to know each other in person. The group was very heterogeneous and diverse, and we got along with each other very well straightway. After the introductory session, we were assigned to the different case studies. Each of the groups consisted of participants from all three universities. In the evening, we were invited to a boat cruise and dinner.
There were many interesting items on the agenda for the next days as well, alternating between group work on the case studies, lectures and on-site visits. The site manager of Hapag-Lloyd Dubai gave us an introduction to maritime cargo transport in the United Arab Emirates; another guest lecture gave us information about the developments in Dubai and the world exhibition “Expo 2020” that will take place in fall. In order to learn more about the methods of warehousing in Dubai, we visited the warehouse of an automotive manufacturer located outside the city’s center. Some of the highlights of our time in Dubai were the tour of the container part “Jebel Ali” as well as the tour of the Cosco Shipping Container Terminal at the port of Khalifa near Abu Dhabi. One of the touristic highlights was the visit of the Louvre Abu Dhabi as well as a desert safari. Care has been taken to ensure a good balance on the agenda between economic and logistic program items as well as further touristic, entertaining programs.
At the end of the group work, each group presented the results of their case studies and the teachers got examine them and ask questions. During the group work, we learned a lot about the working methods of different countries and cultures and we also gained insights into other study programs. The entire seminar was a great experience for all participants. We were awaited and treated with great hospitality and even after the official program for the day was over, the group came together to network further and spend some more time together. We will seek to maintain and strengthen the good relations with the partners.
With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme, which is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually, was announced for the first time in 2011. Since then, more than 70 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.
The aim of the program is to establish and build on new relationships with foreign universities and intensify existing contacts for the long term. In a project which is part of BWS plus an option is available to grant a scholarship when an official partnership agreement does not already exist. Funding can be applied for to assist with various endeavours, such as pilot projects for joint measures, including preparatory talks, workshops, intercultural training, language courses and more. The aim of each project should be to continue the relations between universities after the project period has expired.