The center, known as the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa), or ITLS (Africa) was formally launched at a breakfast function at the University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality on 20 February 2008.
The function was attended by dignitaries from the academic fraternity as well as key industry role players. ITLS (Africa) is being launched in conjunction with the prestigious ITLS at the University of Sydney, one of the world’s highest ranked transport research institutes.
Prof David Hensher from ITLS in Sydney spoke at the function and, together with Prof Derek van der Merwe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions, which outlines the plan to collaborate in research and maximize mutual potential through the sharing of knowledge and cutting edge research.
ITLS (Africa) will fill a much-needed gap in transport and logistics management research and intends to make a meaningful contribution to the research imperatives in these fields in South Africa as well as the SADC region.
The objectives of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa) are:
- To continuously study the transport, logistics and supply chain business environments in South and southern Africa.
- To establish a data base on critical and key transport and supply chain trends in South and southern Africa.
- To secure commercial research projects by offering customized client-focused research solutions.
- To optimize, manage and market the dissemination of applied and new knowledge of Masters and Doctoral students.
- To develop a research culture to increase academic output
- To publish research findings through public debates, symposia, briefing sessions and publications.
- To make a meaningful contribution to the southern African transport, logistics and supply chain body of knowledge, including the provision of specialized training programmes.