Without logistics there is no economic development or activity at all. Logistics is the key activity in every economy and in our globalized world. To perform properly, logistics need know-how, skilled people, adequate infrastructure and appropriate technology.
The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics is unique in the region. We are the only ones to combine
academic expertise with practical know-how in logistics,
research with economic skills,
practitioners with experts
state of the art logistics from Europe with familiarity of African markets
A working transport system is vital for economic development. Efficient, reliable and sustainable logistics are essential precondition to accommodate customer demand, keep storage costs at a minimum and secure replenishment of materials for production.
The significance of the topic goes far beyond national borders. Integrated logistics are essential particularly for the landlocked states like Zambia or Botswana. On a basic level, working transport systems ensure supply of customable goods even in remote areas of SADC-countries. On a higher level, Namibia and SADC countries as members of the competitive globalized world need to strengthen the position of the local industry.
To achieve these goals, the industry has to improve its performance through better service, professional management, target- and client- oriented development, and further education of professionals.
NGCL strives for excellence in logistics. Our mission is to contribute to the economic development of the country and the region by providing the expertise and strategies that promote and further logistics.
NGCL thus started its activities with education. We educate the future leader of the logistics industry, train staff and provide skills that the industry needs to realise its full potential. But the Centre immediately expanded its activities with research since knowing and learning more about the specific conditions of logistics in Southern Africa is essential not only for proper education but also for developing new strategies for the industry. Excellence also needs a sound network of experts. That’s why we aim at gathering and connecting local and regional companies, industry partners and the administration and authorities in networking events and conferences.
The portfolio of the Centre is developed from a needs-based approach, according to what is needed to let logistics become a powerful motor for economic development. These four main fields of action are
Education and Training – Applied Research – Consulting – Networking
In cooperation with the two partner universities NGCL offers four university programmes.
Bachelor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Transport Management
Bachelor Honours of Logistics
Master of Logistics
All focus on the specific needs and challenges of logistics in the SADC region. These are for example effective usage of port and logistics corridor, supply chain management for sparse regions and value added services in logistics. Students get holistic insights in business processes, technology, information systems and legal framework. The programmes are theoretically based but give a strong emphasis on practise. Logistics practitioners from the region and experts from abroad gave important input in the curriculum development for maximum practical relevance of the content.
Students are furthermore integrated in the centre’s technology transfer projects to gain real life experiences. Our alumni are part of an international alumni network through DAAD.
In order to keep up with competitors and to use resources more efficiently, logistics and transport professionals need constant continuing education in their field. To facilitate the continuous education and development of logistics and transport professionals the centre has secured Accredited Education Provider status for some renonwn professional bodies:
Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transportt
Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply
Operations Management Association for Southern Africa
The Centre is also member of the Supply Chain Council.
As Accredited Education Provider for CILT, we have many years of experience in offering the following qualifications:
„International Advanced Diploma in Transport and Logistics“ in Windhoek, Luderitz and Walvis Bay
„International Diploma in Transport and Logistics“ in Ongwediva, Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Luderitz
For your convienence, we do also offer tailor-made training for your staff, just contact Brigthen for details
Our goal is to provide a centre of excellence for logistics in Namibia. Therefore, we started our research work by initiating a major project called “State of Logistics in Namibia”, which comprised a thorough survey-based examination of the situation of relevant industry sectors and companies in the country. Thus we are guided by the results of our “State of Logistics” project, but also feedback from stakeholders following the annual workshop and, most importantly, by the government’s requirements as expressed in their NDP_4 and vision 2030 documents. These unanimously point to logistics and one of the key factors that will influence the future of the country, and the region. This gives a lot of starting points for more research work.
With this major work accomplished we have settled a sound base for our Applied Research. This entails for example analysis of supply chains, identifying bottlenecks, finding solutions for procurement challenges, or identifying your companies opportunities with the expansion of the port in Walvis Bay or the use of dryports. Contact Chris or Logan if you want to learn more!
NB Full report published as “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and challenges”, The Polytechnic of Namibia, (2012) ISBN 978-99916-884-0-4
Backbone of our work is our staff. NGCL takes utmost care of the continuous qualification of its staff, on every level and for every individual. Our mission of educating future leaders and building excellence does not stop with our staff but it starts right there. Our employees go on trainings regularly, gain experience abroad, and update their know-how on several regional and international conferences.
Neville hold an Honours in Logistics and a Masters in Maritime Transport (International Shipping) from the University of Plymouth, UK. He is NGCL’s director since 2013 and is since its inauguration in 2009 staff member of the NGCL. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the Centre, partnerships, cooperations and donor relationship management. Father of three daughters, Neville enjoys his family life, and if time allows, watching (!) soccer. firstname.lastname@example.org ++264 – 61 – 207 2869
Originally a microbiologist, Chris migrated to industrial engineering and operations research before becoming a logistician. He worked for a 15 years in process industries such as pharmaceutical, film and animal feed manufacturing as well as brewing and then spent another 15 years as a logistics consultant working in the UK, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia before joining academia in 2002. He spent 9 years at the University of Huddersfield in various positions culminating in the post of Principal Lecturer (Transport & Logistics) and Director of Outreach & Enterprise (Applied Sciences). He is the author of a number of logistics related publications and monographs as well as academic papers and articles. After being appointed as head of the research department at the NGCL he chose to focus on the state of logistics in Namibia and the requirements for successful port-centric logistics clusters as the foundation for future research endeavours. Holding qualifications in biology, industrial engineering, management and logistics, Chris is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and the Higher Education Academy. Outside work, he has been joined in Namibia by two of his three daughters, whilst the eldest has remained in the UK to manage a transport operation for Michelin Tyres and look after her own daughter.
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Logan is a young and ambitious graduate originally from a business computing background. He moved into Logistics ICT before recently changing his focus to the field of logistics and transport research. The move into Logistics ICT has driven his knowledge into specialized fields like: asset management systems, tracking and tracing as well as RFID and barcoding systems. Logan is vital part of our research department where he focuses on transportation systems and IT in logistics in general. Logan is a true jack of all trades device, and since its inauguration contributing to the Centre’s success story. Logan is also the head of a young family that occasionally enjoys a bit of social tennis.
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The head of our Commercial Department has a background in education and since then enjoyed extensive further training and qualification in project management and consulting. Brighten joined the team in 2013 and has since then proven his excellent qualities with our industry partners, the organisation of NGCL’s annual conference and professional networking. Brighten is known for his good communication skills that compliments his hardworking nature. Finally being a father of two bubbly kids, its no wonder he enjoys the silence when hiking in his spare time.
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Sylvester has long-term and first-hand experience in logistics in Namibia and knows his industry in and out. He is responsible for the short courses that NGCL offers to industry, but also lectures on all of these, where he can feed-in all of his expertise in the field. Father of a sweet young boy, the little spare time he has is filled with tennis.
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Elizabeth is responsible for a smooth communication and collaboration with the world surrounding NGCL, primarily the Polytechnic of Namibia and our students, but also our donor (the German Academic Exchange Service) and our partner university in Germany (Flensburg University of Applied Sciences). Liz joined our team in 2013, and has since then quickly become indispensible as she connects the many parts of NGCL’s network. Besides, she is a prime example of a lady, as she enjoys sports, shopping and travelling.
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Our most recent team member joined NGCL in late 2013. Without her sense of order and humour, NGCL’s team would quickly find itself in chaos and resulting despair. Her love for soccer will definitely soon be appreciated and shared by her two little boys that keep her busy in her spare time.
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