In line with the national strategy to establish Qatar as a regional logistics hub, the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) recently announced that its first batch of Logistics and Supply Chain Management students is expected to graduate in 2019.
The college’s degree programme will help supply the labour market with sought-after national cadres capable of powering the statewide logistics infrastructure and effectively managing its transport and storage services.
CCQ president Dr Mohamed al-Naemi said that recent achievements in the course of implementing Qatar’s logistics leadership plans highlight the crucial role that specialised academic offerings play in ensuring the smooth running of this intricate system. “These achievements include the establishment of advanced logistics parks, Hamad Port’s early operation, the inauguration of strategic navigation routes with other countries, and the soon-to-be-completed special economic zone projects.
Dr al-Naemi added, “This accelerated development prompted CCQ to bridge the gap between the country’s rapidly-evolving logistics infrastructure and the national labour market’s shortage of advanced calibres. We have achieved this through the development of an academic degree programme in logistics and supply chain management, where students are holistically trained for management positions in transportation, warehousing, distribution, inventory control, purchasing, and international logistics. The programme’s 130 enrollees include many members from the Armed Forces and the Qatari Emiri Navy. The first batch of students in Associate of Applied Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is poised to be the first graduates in the State that hold an academic degree in the discipline”
Dr Muneer Abbad, programme coordinator, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, CCQ, said, “CCQ developed the programme in both English and Arabic, and incorporated the latest know-how and innovations in this domain, in conjunction with 180 hours of practical training at select organisations in Qatar. Our goal is to graduate competent logistics professionals who can devise innovative solutions in storage, transport, information flow and other areas. To take things one step further, the College is currently studying extending its offerings to also include a bachelor degree in logistics, thus supplying the marketplace with qualified cadres at all levels, from warehouse specialists and logistics coordinators, to procurement and production managers and beyond.”
According to experts in the field, Qatar is set to gain an important qualitative addition to its national economy by turning the peninsula into a regional logistics hub. This advancement will help achieve self-sufficiency, attract investors, and strengthen economic ties with rest of world. Moreover, enhanced logistics capabilities will assist in supporting national products and new industries capable of export, and fulfilling the logistical requirements of mega sports events such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in addition to providing advanced logistics services to the entire Arab region.
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