The GLOB-SM project
The GLOB-SM’s application has been selected for EU co-funding. The maximum amount of funding to be awarded for this project is 745,800.50€ for 3 years (from January 2021 to January 2024).
The main object of the proposal is to develop a new master’s degree in supply chain to modernise higher learning institutions in Lebanon and Jordan and the introduction of new teaching tools in a digital environment.
With the increased use of digital technologies and the expanding scope of business operations, supply chain management stands at the forefront of the global economy, making national boundaries irrelevant and companies and countries ever closer.
Today, approximately 90% of the cost base for businesses is attributable to supply chain expenditure, and global supply chains account for over 80% of global trade and 20% of the workforce (i.e., one in five workers) (Thorlakson et al., 2018).
Supply chain management critical for the effective integration of material flows, information flows, and financial flows into a global network of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers (Zijm et al., 2019), establishment of long term relationships (Lambert and Enz, 2017), and implementation of sustainable practices in the production, processing, and distribution systems (Ashby et al., 2012).
In such a highly competitive and globalized market environment, companies need well-educated supply chain management professionals and international trade specialists who can easily understand cross-cultural issues and make supply chain decisions under the increasingly less standardized, more complex, and highly dynamic environment.
The GLOB-SM project develops a master program on “Global Supply Chain Management” primarily driven by
- the global trends in international trade and supply chain management,
- its unique contribution to food security, maritime industry and humanitarian relief programs in the Middle East;
- the institutional capacity of the partner universities to implement the proposed program and the European partners’ excellence in the field of international trade and supply chain management.
The partner universities in Lebanon and Jordan are highly motivated and best positioned to train highly skilled professionals capable of managing complex relationships in a global and digitized international marketplace.
In addition to the core courses in supply chain management found in many prestigious AACSB accredited universities, GLOB-SM curriculum will have three tracks for the students to achieve a more focused education to address specific national and regional needs:
- The food supply management track
- The maritime track
- The humanitarian logistics track
The overall objectives of the GLOB-SM project are the followings:
- To improve the quality of Education in partner countries' higher education institutions
- To increase the local competences on the management of supply chains involving transport operators, manufacturers, processors, and distributors.
- To enhance the employability of graduates from the Middle East in the international job market.
Higher education institutions in Lebanon and Jordan are committed to developing this new program to modernize their curriculum in the field of supply chain management and enhance quality of education that the modern society needs.
Both countries have competitive and attractive maritime centers with strategic geographical positions for international shipping routes.
This program by its nature fits the definition of internationalization as it is about GLOBAL supply chains with international dimension in all aspects and courses of the program.
The partner universities from the EU (KEDGE Business School and The University of Antwerp) have a top-class master program (KEDGE 8th and Antwerp 22th in the world: https://www.best-masters.com/ranking-master-maritime-management.html)
in global supply chain management with several tracks, including maritime logistics.
Dealing specifically with Logistics, KEDGE through this master, is recognized as a leading training institution in International Trade with a unique focus on the Maritime industry.
With more than 60 year of existence in the field, our MSc draws its strength from deep links with the corporate world, its history and its international dimension, which is the cornerstone of this programme. It enables students to develop key skills in International Trade, International Transport and Logistics to manage strategic questions related to transport, supply chain, storage, customs, digitalisation, CSR, risk management, negotiation, etc…
KEDGE BS, as one of the participating institutions recognized for its expertise will be involved in the design of the programme and will contribute, collectively with other participants, to define its structure as well as its outcomes in terms of Learning Objectives to meet the local market needs and validate the syllabi proposed.
KEDGE BS will also participate to the governance of the programme and as such, designate the Director of the programme, attend the different programme committees, assurance of learning committees… organized throughout the duration of the project.
KEDGE will also monitor the assessment process, analyse results and close the loop by proposing the necessary adjustments to allow students to better fulfil the programme objectives.
Kedge will finally manage its faculty participating to the programme and coordinate with other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of courses under its responsibility.
The main outputs of the project will include
- 50 professors and staff trained by experienced EU professors; 10 EU professors involved in this Erasmus project
- 17 new courses introduced in the core curriculum and three tracks of the GLOB-SM MS program (5 courses provided by Kedge + 5 provided by Antwerp University)
- 4 education-enhancing ICT labs established at the beneficiary institutions
- E-Learning platform created
- Accredited GLOB-SM program
- Student internships
- Student mobility - 8 students carried out their thesis work at the EU partner universities
- Future developments in research activities forecasted between the 6 partners
- Kick off meeting – 10-11 February 2021
- September 2021: Kedge Campus in Marseille will receive the partners’ academic and technical staff during one first training week.
- American University of Beirut – Liban
- Saint Joseph University – Liban
- Princess Sumaya University for Technology – Jordan
- Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for innovation – Jordan
- University of Antwerp – Belgium