The Uman National University of Horticulture (UNUH) has a unique history and long-established traditions. It takes its roots in 1844, when the Main School of Gardening was established, the only one in the Russian Empire of that time. Nowadays it is on the 38th position among the Ukrainian Universities according to the Webometrics Ranking of World’s Universities. These days going green can be prerequisite for the global competitive advantage. In 2016 according to the “UI GreenMetric World University Rankings” the UNUH had 147th position among the world universities. Sources: 1, 2.
The logistics education at the Uman National University of Horticulture
Since the establishment of this educational institution its scope has been adapted to the strategic challenges and the requirements of the domestic economy. The overall positive trends in Ukrainian agriculture encourage the development of theoretical and methodological basis of logistics education at the University. The intensive agriculture needs efficient logistic solutions. The demand for a logistics study program is growing due to the bottlenecks in Ukrainian agricultural sector during storage, transportation, standardization, retailing, wholesaling and exporting activities. The Department of Management at the UNUH responded to this challenge through the development of study program capable to reflect current and future challenges in the logistics management system in agribusiness.
The high potential for logistics network formation and management has been determined by crossing of important transport arteries at the location of the city of Uman. The enterprises in this predominantly rural area supply high volumes of agricultural commodities that should be transported, stored, processed and supplied to the final consumers. There is a tremendous demand in the high-rank specialists that can solve logistics problems in the agribusiness and beyond.
Numerous logistics subjects have been taught to UNUH students at the Faculties of Management and Economics and Entrepreneurship. However the licensed Master Program in Logistics was launched in 2015.
The University graduates have been employed by organizations of regional and global levels.
The usage of case studies, related to the experiences of efficient and competitive enterprises, facilitates the process of learning. The improvement of teaching methods has been achieved through the collaboration with innovative firms. Among them is the modern vertically integrated agro-industrial holding “LNZ Group”, which created a completely new integrated logistics system in Ukraine. Source: 3.
Among partners of the University is the private rented agricultural enterprise „Uman Greenhouse Complex”. The plant has a warehouse complex reflecting the highest requirements to storage and processing of products and its own logistics center that provides optimal solution to prepackaging, packaging and delivery of the output. Apprenticeship training on such an enterprise is a good way to gain practical experience in different fields of studying, logistics in particular.
The history of cooperation with University of Bremen
The urgent need for constant innovative changes of the educational process determines the necessity for new knowledge searches not only with the help of its own academic and teaching staff, but also by means of collaboration with other national and international universities. Due to such internationalization strategy the teaching staff in logistics was very motivated to fulfill educational projects with the University of Bremen, Germany. The formation of new knowledge and education technologies is possible due to the qualitative changes of the educational components and synergetic effect of the combination of knowledge, obtained from mutual research and networking activities with other universities.
The first contact between the Uman National University of Horticulture and University of Bremen took place in 2015 thank to the preparatory visit of Prof. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis and Dr. Irina Dovbischuk, University of Bremen. The same year the proposals for the GUMLog program were formulated and approved by DAAD. Since then the productive relationships between universities have been developed, accompanied by the academic meetings, round table discussions and conferences.