Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management: Celebrating 50 years of excellence

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management in the Johannesburg Business School, College of Business and Economics is celebrating 50 years of great success and achievements this year. The Department was established in 1968 as the Department of Transport Economics at the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU). A name change followed in 1997 to the Department of Transport and Logistics Management. After the merger between the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) and the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) to become the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the name Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management evolved with the purpose to position the Department strategically in higher education and in the transport and supply chain industry.

The Department offers a rich portfolio of diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and a number of continuing education programmes (CEPs) that are industry specific. These qualifications and programmes were developed in close collaboration with South African, continental and global higher education institutions, industry partners and local government. MoU’s were signed with a number of local and international universities to strengthen and expand on transportation studies and training programmes and collaborative research.

The Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management’s Continuous Education Programmes (CEPs) attracts thousands of enrolments annually and have been offered since 1980. To meet the changing learning and training needs of prospective students in a new era of complexity and on-going technologically advancement, the Department has been actively involved in developing three online programmes; two Advanced Diplomas and one online Logistics Diploma.

Since 2007, the Department has entered into an agreement to fund four annual Transport Forum Special Interest Groups (SIG), developed and published the Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management and has signed a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) Sydney in the establishment of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Africa (ITLS Africa).

Purpose-driven values and principles are at the core of the Department with the main aim to provide a comprehensive range of excellent education, training and research programmes for the domestic, continental and international transport and supply chain community. Within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) with its general innovations, increased competition, changing demographic trends and globalised markets and shifting customer profiles, the Department continuously seek and implement valuable and game changing opportunities for the future.

In celebration of this momentous occasion the Department would like to acknowledge and salute all staff members, contributing experts, collaborative partners and industry, alumni and students for your contribution to its success and achievements over the past 50 years and for paving an interesting and exciting new chapter for the next 50 years to come.


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