Thursday, March 18, 2010

Russian Railways, DB open logistics management center

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Opening ceremonies took place Wednesday at St. Petersburg State University’s Graduate School of Management for the International Logistics and Supply Chain Management Centre, established jointly by Russian Railways and Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB). The center was founded on the basis of a general agreement between DB Schenker, Russian Railways, St. Petersburg State University’s Graduate School of Management, the European Business School,and St. Petersburg State Railway University.

Taking part in the opening ceremony were Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin, Deutsche Bahn CEO Rüdiger Grube, officials from the St. Petersburg administration, and Russian and German business representatives.

“The International Logistics Centre should become a unique center of applied science in terms of its form and content, and will unite the efforts of the largest employers in Russia with an international consortium of universities, to develop global-level educational programs, in order to prepare management personnel in international and transport logistics to meet the needs of the sector and the country as a whole,” Yakunin said.

Among other objectives, the center will help develop advanced training programs for staff of Russian Railways and Deutsche Bahn AG, includingthe market needs of both companies.

“In view of the ambitious plans for developing Russian Railways’ logistics business and the scale of its activities, we will in the near future need hundreds of professional management staff in various areas of logistics–the management of terminals, delivery chains, and inventories, the creation of information-logistic systems, and others,” Yakunin said. “By entering the logistics market, we are declaring our plans to become not only the largest transport company, but also one of the leading international logistics companies.”