Kuehne Logistics University

Master of Science in Global Logistics | Part 1


Sören · 2014 - 2016

Published: 4 November 2014 | by Sören

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Sören Meyer and I come from Germany, from a city called Winsen/Luhe in Lower Saxony. I started studying for an MSc in Global Logistics at Kühne Logistics University in September 2014. With my blog, I plan to provide some interesting insights about life at KLU from a student’s perspective! If I do not cover something you’d like to know about KLU, you can contact me or one of my fellow students from the “Ask a Student” team. You will find us on Facebook or on our website.

What did I do before going for my Master’s in Global Logistics?

I started my career as an insurance salesman in the field of private health and life insurance. In that business, routines get established pretty quickly and of course you have to do what your supervisors tell you to do.
At some point, I was looking for a more creative job in business. And after a while I thought my only option was to bite the bullet and get a degree in order to become a supervisor myself. After 3 1/2 years of studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, I graduated with a BS in Business Administration. After receiving my degree, I started working for Accenture as an SAP consultant. I acquired lots of work experience there. But after working as a consultant for Accenture for ten months, I decided I needed a master’s degree to become better prepared for the competitive labor market of the future.

Why the master’s program at KLU?

Because my bachelor’s degree includes a major in production logistics and logistics management, I already knew about the growing importance of efficient logistics management – for example, 3D printing and its effects on supply chains. At Accenture, I was also part of the supply chain management community, which fueled my passion for logistics. I wanted to go to a university that could provide me with sophisticated logistics knowledge. I found about six universities that looked interesting, but when I took a detailed look into their master’s programs I saw that only a few of them offered strategic courses that help you to understand the needs of the future. In the MS in Global Logistics program, these were the courses that brought me to KLU:

  • Logistcs Strategy and Business Models
  • Transportation & Distribution Systems
  • Procurement Networks
  • Humanitarian Logistics

And the best thing: KLU is the only university in the world with a main focus on logistics!

The application process

KLU is still a young university (founded in 2010), but from year to year it is making more of a name for itself. This means the number of applications is increasing, so I would advise you to apply as soon as possible. The application period starts in November 2014 for the semester starting in September 2015. If you apply by December 31, 2014, you will be granted a 10% early bird discount on the overall tuition. For a sucessful application, a meaningful motivation letter is VERY important. In it, you should tell KLU that you love logistics! For more information about the the application process, click here.

Admission and financing

Upon acceptance, you will receive your confirmation via email. Next, you will have to hand in several forms. They range from personal details to a proof of health insurance, since you must have health insurance to live in Germany. If you are from outside of Germany or Europe, please be sure to start searching for an apartment ASAP. KLU will provide some useful information on how to find an apartment in Hamburg.

KLU works together with “Studentenwerk,” the student union. Students who are eligible for federal financial aid (Bafög) can apply for it through the student union. Students also have a good access to the different types of loans the student union offers on reasonable terms. For more information, click here.

One option for fincancing your studies is “Brain Capital.” Brain Capital will pay your tuition during your time at the university and after you start working, you pay the tuition back over a specific period. It is important to apply for Brain Capital during the application process. For more information, click here.

First days at KLU

Wow, the first semester started and there were so many new people to meet! Thirty-eight new students for the MS in Global Logistics and 18 for the MS in Management – plus the EMBA students and bachelor’s degee candidates. Currently, KLU has students from 17 different nations. To bring all of us closer together, from the first week on there were many group games and little challenges that had to be solved by mixed teams. The new students also explained group rules like the code of conduct in very practical sessions.

The first week is also used to introduce you to KLU and your fellow students. First you get to know the building better. Here, KLU offers an amazing student lounge with table soccer, a coffee machine, several couches, and a big TV for breaks or movie nights – the students lounge is often used for social events.

Other important locations are the library, lecture rooms, breakout rooms, and the students’ copy center. Copies for KLU students are free – which helps a lot with the professors’ scripts. The breakout rooms are available 24/7 for group work or studying. In Hamburg, most students at other universities have to worry about finding a place to study in silence…

The last and probably most important part for some students is the KLU fitness center, which requires an additional €15/month membership fee. A personal trainer who shows up on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 - 8 p.m. is included.

Of course you also get to know the professors during the first week. In a special session, they present their subjects and some of them introduce the projects they are currently working on.

I can say that the first two weeks are very dynamic and you will have to cope with many new names and cultures, and lots of information. But it’s great fun to grow together with people who share your interests!

Sören

MSc in Global Logistics
Kuehne Logistics University

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