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ITLS delivers Reverse Logistics course in China

27 Jun 2012

In May 2012, the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) commenced its relationship with a leading university in China with the successful delivery of the first of two specialist courses in logistics.

ITLS lecturer Alan Win delivered a course on Reverse Logistics as part of the Modern Logistics and Supply Chain Management EMBA program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). This is the first offering of the program which is being jointly run by ITLS and the Overseas Education College at SJTU.

Alan enjoyed the challenge of adapting his content to the local context and pacing the delivery to simultaneous translations in Mandarin. "It was a totally different teaching experience with the added challenge of presenting an international perspective yet somehow grounding this to make it relevant to China (and not Australasia as would normally be the case) - adapting to its way of doing business and its culture," he said.

Alan managed to fully engage with the group of approximately 50 senior company managers through a combination of presentation of international concepts and trends on the subject area, group projects, explanation/evaluation of case studies and facilitating solution generation to specific student concerns and current issues from their companies in respect of how they were looking to design and engineer reverse logistics within their businesses.

The course director at SJTU was buoyed by the positive student response to the engagement of ITLS in the delivery of this course and is considering ways to further expand the relationship with ITLS and the Business School at the University of Sydney.

ITLS Founder and Director, David Hensher, is hopeful about the future of the relationship between the SJTU and the Business School at the University of Sydney. "I am delighted with the initial success and am confident we can through SJTU build a strong relationship with China," he said.

A second specialist course in Retail Logistics will be delivered by ITLS lecturer Gareth Jude in August this year. Both he and Alan Win are looking forward to returning to China when the EMBA program is offered at SJTU for the second time starting in December 2012.