Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management: Celebrating 50 years of excellence, success and achievements (1968-2018)
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 continuing education programmes (CEPs) and a number of industry specific courses. 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.
The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP)
to lead the establishment of a research network of African universities
The initiative aimed at promoting evidence-based transport policies and strategies in Africa. In other words, the goal is to support research changes and development impact.
Africa is facing three urgent transport challenges: (i) the continent has the highest rate of road fatalities in the world; (ii) it has an unprecedented growth rate of urbanization; and (iii) it has the highest transport costs in the world. Over the next 25 years, an additional 500 million people will live in African cities, yet many of these cities are ill-equipped to provide safe, reliable and sustainable transport for all. The time has come to address these challenges and search for solutions through knowledge sharing and research findings in the African transport sector.
The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), an international partnership who aims to facilitate policy development and related capacity-building in the transport sector in Africa, hosted by the World Bank Group, has taken the lead for the establishment of a research network of African universities, in association with the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) and the World Research Institute (WRI), to address the above challenges and unleash the transport research potential within these institutions.
This initiative was launched on January 12th, 2018 during the session "Promoting Research and the African Universities Network" at the Transforming Transportation Forum in Washington, DC. A letter of intent was signed by officials of the World Bank, the World Research Institute (WRI), the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), the University of Nairobi (UoN), the University of Dar es Salam (UoDS), the University of Johannesburg (UoJ), the University of Dakar (UCAD), and the Institut National Polytechnique de Yamoussoukro (INP HB). All the parties involved will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before end of June 2018 that would provide the ground for developing cooperative research activities (joint research, exchange and joint training programs) in the African transport sector to further develop the research potential of African universities and strengthen institutional capacity on a continental level.
This cooperation agreement will offer a unique chance for the creation, development and centralization of transport research on the African continent. This platform will undoubtedly provide support for African countries to develop sound policies and strategies that will lead to efficient, safe and sustainable transport for the people in Africa.
SSATP is an international partnership of over 40 African countries, Regional Economic Communities, continental institutions (African Union Commission), U.N. agencies (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), public and private sector organizations, and international development agencies and organizations. SSATP is funded by European Commission, French development Agency, African Development bank and Swiss Secretariat of Economic Cooperation and hosted by the World Bank's Transport and ICT Global Practice. For more information on the SSATP, please visit our website in English and in French at www.ssatp.org
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management
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Transport Forum hosted by the University of Johannesburg's Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management
Nine and a half years ago, the Transport Forum was created as part of the state-owned arivia.kom's drive to enhance the group's growth strategy in the transport sector. With the acquisition of arivia.kom in 2010, T-Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd became the proud Platinum Sponsor of the Transport Forum. Close cooperation with content providers such as recognised industry bodies, universities, regulatory bodies, consulting houses, NGOs and numerous role players from the private and public transport sectors resulted in this initiative expanding to play a significant role in networking and content provision to decision makers.
The Transport Forum became an enabler and mobiliser in the transport sector with the aim of streamlining interaction and cooperation amongst the role players. Attendance at the monthly special interest group (SIG) sessions is mostly free of charge to reduce red tape and accommodate budget constraints for participants. Networking at these sessions often result in alliances which contribute towards making a difference in the transport industry in South Africa.
The Transport Forum's website: http://www.transportsig.com, offers registered users (free of charge) the opportunity to network with other registered users and to download presentations presented at the SIG sessions. The Transport Forum brings all role-players together cultivating the transport community of South Africa.