Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00
The field of logistics and transport is a highly developing area of study for present day job seekers due to many reasons. One of the key features in this sector of education is that it relates to the functionalities of commodity business.
As a new and rapidly growing activity in modern business environment, it involves the active role from the time of production of a ‘good’ to its consumption and use by an end-user. In other words, logistics and transportation involves the entire process through which every single product goes to the customer whether by way of domestic or international means of carriage and services.
This logistics market has grown to even further where present day logistics providers not only engage themselves in mere transportation aspects but also performing value-addition through 3PL and 4PL means.
Why do these jobs generate more income than others?
It is because producers alone can’t perform the activities of delivering their products to the final consumer, and the contribution of logistics experts have to be taken into use as a support service. While this sector expands in like manner, the demand for the obtaining of their services have grown rapidly with increasing salary packages.
Nowadays, logistics professionals generate handsome income and commissions out of their jobs in this industry, and an average monthly income of such a professional may even rise up to a six figure salary based on their efficiency in handling up-to-date services. This figure would certainly go higher with higher rate of efficiency and knowledge of the industry behaviour. Therefore, the salary of a logistics professional would not be at fixed rate unlike other types of employment.
What should you do to become a logistics professional?
In order to be able to execute the necessary functions required in this industry, it is very important to possess a commanding knowledge of the job. Collectively, there are various types of performers in the industry ranging from trainees, junior-level executives, middle-level executives to senior-level executives. Due to the fact that this area of profession is new and upcoming, majority of these performers have gained practical experiences on their own rather than that of designed tailor-made system of education and knowledge. The fact remains that this industry heavily requires educated and trained professionals in the years to come. It would lead such professionals outclass any other performer who lacks such education and knowledge.
What type of education and training should a logistics professional gain?
It is very important that future leaders of this trade are highly qualified to perform at their best. In order to do that, they should obtain proper education background on the subject and the necessary practical trainings. CINEC Maritime Campus offers various courses leading to academic professional qualifications in logistics and transport. While its certificate and diploma levels are conducted in its City Campus in Colombo 4, the main Campus in Malabe offers Graduate and Post-Graduate level qualifications to those who are eager to rise up in corporate ladder. Having such qualifications would certainly give an outstanding edge over the others who do not possess the proper educational background.
Why is CINEC special on these courses?
CINEC Maritime Campus is the leader in maritime education in Sri Lanka. As one of the biggest higher educational institutions in the country, CINEC is proud to obtain the State recognition of its programme in logistics and transport with the receiving of status to confer BSc in Logistics and Transport by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This UGC status has given CINEC the much awaited recognition of this course as a market leader in logistics and transport related to education at private level. Now, the students to be enrolled in February 2014 would be able to obtain a UGC recognised Degree in next four years’ time.
What areas are covered in this BSc in Logistics and Transport?
The special thing about the CINEC’s programme is that it covers almost all areas of specialisations in Logistics and Transport. Generally, the core subjects of sea, air, land and cable types of transportation gain much of the concerns through this course while the general subjects of mathematics, economics, law and finance are taught to students in order to provide a versatile knowledge for their jobs. Since the specific subject area covers numerous types of functions ranging from in-house to out-door facilitations, almost all areas of specialisations such as Supply Chain Management, Freight Forwarding, Ship Handling and Navigation, Air Cargo Business, Haulage and Trucking, Law and Contracts are all covered through some systematic approach of learning.
How do you obtain practical knowledge?
Logistics and transport involve great amount of practical knowledge as it is based on industries that focuses on movement of goods and people. Therefore, students who follow this type of education must be accorded with some sound knowledge on its practical side. CINEC has a quite a long history of providing suitable internships to its students in line with the on-going BSc in International Transportation Management and Logistics offered by the Dalian Maritime University, China and delivered by CINEC Maritime Campus in Sri Lanka. Upon the successful completion of three-and-a-half years of campus-based study, the students are assigned for six month’s job-retraining in leading commercial institutions such as CEYLINE Group, GAC Shipping, Aitken Spence, South Asia Gateway Terminals, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Srilankan Airlines, HOLCIM Lanka, Coca Cola, ABANS, Hayles’ Logiwiz, Ace Cargo, MAS Holdings, Delmage Shipping, LAUGHS and John Keels Holdings to name a few.
What are the strengths of the academic faculty?
For any institution, the competence and qualifications of its academic faculty is an important element. At CINEC, we maintain high standards of competence of our permanent and visiting staff who deliver various expertise of the relevant subjects of the syllabi. While in-house lecturers provide general and specialised learning, carefully selected visiting academicians and professionals who have some vast knowledge and experiences in related areas are utilised to provide extra strength to the specialised learning that take place in this logistics and transport degree.
Why you should select CINEC?
CINEC as a leading institution of higher education is fully equipped with almost all modern techniques of learning with its highly sophisticated academic staff and the state-of-the-art university facility in Malabe that provides a suitable studying environment for students. Unlike in Colombo, this eco-friendly environment provides a peaceful mind-set for them to get engage with their educational purposes and aspire in academic as well as extra-curricular activities. It is not just classrooms; but an environment to relax and feel the qualitative developments of their personalities. Nelson Mandel has once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which can change the world”, and CINEC indulges itself in providing the best education for its students in all their programmes aggregating to over 150 different types.
(The writer is Head of Department, Logistics and Transport – Faculty of Management.)