The winning team: Lukas Kaiser (l.) and Alex HaidaA case study from the field of humanitarian logistics was the theme of the fourth case competition for bachelor’s student at Kühne Logistics University Hamburg (KLU). On Saturday April 12, fourteen participants from Germany, Europe and South America researched the best ways to provide disaster relief after an earthquake in Columbia. A jury of experts chose the team with the best solution, whose members received a scholarship to KLU.
The students were faced with a plausible logistics task: disaster relief in the wake of an earthquake in Columbia. In two-person teams, the participants were asked to pinpoint the problems, analyze the challenges and present a practical solution. “The part I liked the best is that experts evaluated our work. The biggest challenge was the tight timing, from viewing the documents to preparing and presenting our solution,” said Lukas Kaiser, winner of this year’s KLU Case Competition. “I was especially impressed by the cross-cultural character of the participants,” commented Alex Haida, also on the winning team. The jury consisted of two KLU professors for Logistics, Maria Besiou und Sandra Transchel, and Roland Zech, an expert from Doctors without Borders.
The 2014 participants came from Belgium, Denmark, France – and as far away as Ecuador. “We are looking for young people with an above-average level of commitment,” said Christine Sänger from the KLU Student Recruitment office. “Anyone who travels from South America to participate in a case competition has a clear idea of what he/she wants to study.” Of course it is also motivating to test yourself against your peers and ultimately win a coveted KLU scholarship. “The participants were very enthusiastic and made wonderful presentations. The results deeply impressed the jury,” added Maria Besiou, Assistant Professor of Logistics at KLU.
Roland Zech attributes the lively international interest in the competition to the diversity of logistics, which includes all areas of life: “During this case competition, the participants always kept in mind the impact a poor supply chain can have on the survivors of a disaster and the socio-political consequences that can accompany it. I hope to see most of the participants as colleagues in the field of humanitarian logistics again one day.”
We will be holding a KLU Case Competition again in 2015. The contact point is Christine Sänger, Tel.: +49 40 328707–152, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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