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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
26 COMPANY PROFILE Y COMPANY PROFILE to high management, which is a rare opportunity and great exposure’. Another said, ‘If it weren’t for the opportunity given by the School, I would not have been hired in this position (as it requires industry experience)’. In Melbourne, partnering with the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), RMIT has created the Supply Chain Ideathon to add to its teaching innovation. RMIT and the SCLAA are co-presenting the event, which will be held in Melbourne in June 2018. The event has attracted partnership from several industry partners. Titled ‘To Be Disrupted’, the Ideathon is a supply chain equivalent of ‘hackathons’ used in the technology sector. The full-day event requires students, industry professionals and technology developers to challenge the future of logistics. Teams will present their solutions to Ideathon challenges and battle to create the most thought-provoking, disruptive ideas that consider logistics challenges out to 2040. Scenarios range from what technology could be used to order pizza, to the currencies used to purchase it, and how the pizza would be ordered and collected (using self-driving vehicles, for example). ‘The Ideathon is another example of how RMIT encourages logistics students to think differently, and build their industry exposure and networks during their course,’ says Chan. ‘We’re developing students capable of leading industry disruption.’ Course projects and mentoring RMIT’s industry approach is built into the course design. Final-year students in the Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain) degree in Melbourne were this year able to work on one of four industry projects sponsored by Brightstar Logistics, a third-party logistics service provider that distributes mobile devices and accessories in Australia. Students in RMIT’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management Business Design Project 1 unit drew on their supply chain and logistics management knowledge to develop alternative solutions for recurring inventory management problems confronting Brightstar. Five teams comprising 20 students used project management techniques learnt at RMIT to organise their work tasks over two semesters and produce project deliverables that meet Brightstar’s requirements. Mentoring is another feature. RMIT is a key part of the SCLAA mentoring program, launched in 2017 to develop five mentees across a six-month program. The program this year expanded to 20 mentoring partners, and is now shared with all SCLAA state representative committees nationally. It is structured over 10 months of the year. The goal for 2019 and beyond is to expand the award-nominated mentoring program by collaborating with other industry partners and associations. The program provides opportunities for continuous professional development, an innovative approach to training or recruitment programs, and the development of career-pathway strategies. ‘SCLAA’s mentoring program is a fantastic initiative,’ says Chan. ‘Through it, RMIT can help final-year undergraduate or postgraduate students in logistics to receive mentoring from leading industry professionals. Being mentored during their studies and in the early stages of their logistics careers can give RMIT students a valuable career head start.’ Strong validation RMIT’s logistics approach is working. The School of Business IT and Logistics won the Best Educational Course Provider at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) awards in Hong Kong By providing outstanding graduates, RMIT is strengthening Australia’s capabilities in supply- chain innovation and its position as a leading logistics hub 503368AE_RMIT I 2389.indd 25 24/5/18 12:22 pm Z COMPANY PROFILE in 2015, and has since been a finalist, including in 2018. About 15,000 people in the logistics industry voted on the award, which recognised RMIT’s commitment to quality and innovation. In research, the School received a four-star rating (which is above world standard) in information systems in the 2015–16 Excellence in Research in Australia assessment. RMIT is Australia’s largest and oldest provider of logistics knowledge. It pioneered supply chain management education, and was the first to combine its information systems and logistics departments into one School. The School has made significant gains since Chan joined to lead it in 2010. It now has more than 2500 students, and about 100 full- and part-time staff. Its researchers publish up to 140 papers each year in leading logistics and IT journals. About 30 of its academics specialise in logistics and 35 PhD candidates are researching this field. The School is one of six in RMIT’s College of Business and is among the most prominent in the Asia-Pacific. Postgraduate education, principally through RMIT’s Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and Master of Business IT, is popular with domestic and international students. The School continues to expand in Asia. It has provided logistics education for 17 years in China through the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, and in 2012 it launched logistics courses in Singapore through the Singapore Institute of Management. RMIT also launched logistics education courses at its Vietnam campus in 2015, and strong demand encouraged it to offer its Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management there in 2017. RMIT’s network in Asia is an asset for Australian logistics students and companies. RMIT has hundreds of registered alumni working in Asia – a region that will shape the future of logistics amid an expected consumption boom from its expanding middle class. To learn more about the RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics, visit www.rmit.edu.au. — Globally engaged, transformative in impact Supply Chain and Logistics Management Upgrade your knowledge and skills and become a global leader in the industry. The Master of Supply Chain and Logistics is offered at the Melbourne City Campus and RMIT Online. The Bachelor program is also offered at the Melbourne City Campus, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Shanghai and online through Open Universities Australia. rmit.edu.au 503368AE_RMIT I 2389.indd 26 24/5/18 1:14 pm