Development of a new logistics curriculum

The field of logistics is one of the most important areas affecting the world economy because of its impact on the size, quality and the speed of trading not only among countries but also within the country itself.

The idea of logistics services lies simply in how goods and services move from production to consumer or from one place to another with the lowest price, time and highest quality. In recent years, value-added services (e.g. labelling, packaging or further processing of goods) have been added to the normal logistics services, so that the field of logistics is expanding dynamically.

ElSewedy Technical Academy (STA) has taken the initiative in cooperation with DBSchenker, one of the biggest international logistics companies from Germany, to develop a new logistics curriculum in the dual system of technical education.

Several workshops were held at DBSchenker's headquarter at Cairo airport, at STA in 10th of Ramadan in cooperation between the STA, the Ministry of Education, and DBSchenker Egypt to develop this curriculum.

In March 2019 DBSchenker Egypt has held a joint workshop for representatives of the technical and dual education sector in Egypt at El Sewedy Technical Academy to discuss the steps for the development and adoption of this curriculum.

The new curriculum is expected to be implemented from the next academic year 2019/20 at STA.The logistics approach is considered to be one of the first programmes particular in the dual system of the technical education in Egypt, which is integrating German standards of the corresponding German curriculum, based on competencies emerging from the real business fields and processes.

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The occupational analysis was carried out in cooperation with companies in this field and a comparative study was also made between the approach of logistics in the Egyptian technical education and the approach of logistics in Germany. The analysis showed a gap between the two approaches of more than 50% for the benefit of the German curriculum.

Accordingly, the areas of learning in the new curriculum need to bridge the gap between the Egyptian curriculum and the German curriculum. As a result the Egyptian curriculum is updated to include at least 50% of the German part.

After implementing the new curriculum, the Academy is expected to produce batches of graduates who are not less efficient than their counterparts outside Egypt. This will lead the performance of logistics services, especially with regard to shipping, unloading and warehouse operations to the level that conforms to the global performance standards and will have a major impact on Egypt's economic growth.

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Mohamed Abdelwaged Alkilany
STA Curriculum Manager

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