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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
77 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2018 COMPANY PROFILE Y COMPANY PROFILE An exceptional student cohort defines the program. Course size is deliberately small: about 25 students each year. Most have at least 10 years’ industry experience (the minimum requirement is three), and come from a range of sectors and countries. ‘We have a rich mix of students who learn much from each other,’ says Samson. ‘Students flying in from the mining sector in Perth discuss logistics challenges with those working in transport or retail. This cross-industry approach helps students to develop new solutions for logistics problems.’ Industry accreditation is another program outcome. The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), a United Kingdom–based international organisation that promotes best practice in its field, accredits the Master of Supply Chain Management. Program graduates who complete a specified range of subjects and meet CIPS work experience requirements can apply for full CIPS membership. ‘Our graduates finish with an internationally recognised and accredited postgraduate degree,’ says Samson. ‘In such a global industry as logistics, it’s a valuable qualification.’ Impact in industry The Master of Supply Chain Management has come a long way since its 2009 launch. The course was developed in response to industry concerns about professional development opportunities for Australia’s emerging logistics leaders. Samson spent a year meeting CEOs across industry to understand their issues and inform the program’s design. He wanted to replicate the successful format of the Master of Enterprise at The University of Melbourne, of which is he also Program Director. A suite of new electives was added in 2012 to the Master of Supply Chain Management, allowing students to tailor learning to their industry and career aspirations. Students complete seven core subjects, three electives and two capstone subjects. The approach is working. Enrolments have tripled since the program’s launch, and students consistently rate the course highly. A vibrant alumni network and visiting speakers from Toll Group, Toyota Australia, LinFox and other logistics companies are highlights. Samson has big plans for the Master of Supply Chain Management. Coverage of latest logistics topics, such as data analytics and sustainability, will be expanded through the Emerging Topics in the Master of Supply Chain Management subjects. Greater focus on automation and digitisation is a priority. The Operations and Supply Chain Management Group is collaborating with CIPS to understand how logistics companies are digitising supply chains. The research involves surveying CIPS members and conducting case studies to understand the data-driven supply chain revolution. Samson is leading a research project on autonomous shipping. ‘Our researchers are able to take insights from cutting-edge research into the classroom, and give students the latest tools to solve logistics problems and opportunities,’ he says. The University of Melbourne has expanded its supply chain research capabilities by recruiting leading academics from prominent US and UK universities. ‘We’ve attracted some of the best supply chain researchers in the world,’ says Samson. ‘That’s testament to Melbourne University’s reputation and its work in supply chain research and teaching.’ To learn more about The University of Melbourne’s Master of Supply Chain Management, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the program website. 503094E_UNIMELB I 2389.indd 25 8/5/18 3:27 pm