The University of Johannesburg
Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management (TSCM), housed in
the Johannesburg Business School, College of Business and Economics,
celebrates 50 years of dedication and achievement.
The Department of TSCM was
established in 1968 as the Department of Transport Economics at the UJ
legacy university RAU and by 1997, has evolved into the Department of
Transport and Logistics Management.
After the establishment of UJ, the Department
of Transport and Supply Chain Management emerged, purposefully
positioned within the changed higher education landscape and in support
of the transport and supply chain industry.
At its core, the Department of TSCM’s purpose-driven values and principles guide the provision of comprehensive
and excellent education, training and research programmes to the
domestic, continental and international transport and supply chain
Today, TSCM offers a rich
portfolio of diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees,
continuing education programmes and specialized industry-targeted
TSCM Continuous Education Programmes, for example, attracts thousands of annual enrolments.
Of further significance is that
all programmes were developed in close collaboration with South African,
continental and global higher education institutions, industry partners
and local government.
Moreover, these initiatives were
strengthened and their stature grown through productive MoAs with local
and international universities.
Other achievements over the past
decade include the department having entered into an funding agreement
to host four annual Transport Forum Special Interest Groups (SIG);
having found the Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management and
having established the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies,
Africa (ITLS Africa) in close association with its global counterpart,
the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) Sydney which is
positioned by the Shanghai rankings as first in Australia and 6th internationally for transportation science and technology.
In the much changed industry
context brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, TSCM
continuously introduces counter-disruptive innovation in world marked by
increased competition, changing demographic trends and globalised
markets and shifting customer profiles. In
meeting education and training needs in a new era of complexity and
on-going technologically advancement, TSCM has introduced two online
Advanced Diplomas and one online Diploma in Logistics.
Says Prof Jackie Walters (HoD: TSCM), “In celebration of the momentous celebration of 50 years of dedication the
Department of TSCM acknowledges and salutes all staff members,
contributing experts, collaborative partners and industry, alumni and
students for their contribution. Especially, for laying the foundation
for exciting new chapters over the next 50 years.”
I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Prof Jackie and the entire
TSCM team for their long-term thinking and dedication, as much as their
responsiveness and commitment to positioning UJ and the CBE as a leader
in the field of transport and supply chain management.