On 14 July, ceremonies of finishing the 3rd edition of the Summer School of Logistics took place at the Faculty of Management of Bialystok University of Technology and at the Zhejiang University Ningbo Institute of Technology in China. This year, our University hosted 27 students from China, while 22 students from the BUT Faculty of Management visited the Chinese University at the same time. Each group had 2 supervisors.

The Summer School of Logistics in China lasted 4 weeks. On 2 July, the Polish participants were greeted at the Zhejiang University Ningbo Institute of Technology by Prof. Hao Wang, honorary Professor of Bialystok University of Technology, responsible for organising the Summer School of Logistics on the Chinese side. While presenting the curriculum of this year’s edition of the school, Prof. Hao Wang underlined that the aim of the planned activities and workshops was mainly to broaden the knowledge of Logistics and also to get to know the richness of the Chinese culture.

The curriculum included classes on the global economy and finance, e-commerce problems, challenges in intermodal transport, and also issues of modelling in logistics and warehouse management. In addition, the participants paid study visits to a few businesses, got to know the basics of the Chinese language, calligraphy, and the traditions of the Central State, and also visited Beijing and Shanghai.

The Summer School of Logistics at Bialystok University of Technology started officially on 5 July. The ceremony was honoured by the Orchestra of the Town of Bialystok.

Prof. Marta Kosior-Kazberuk, Vice Rector for Education and International Cooperation, emphasised: ‘It is a unique enterprise, combining all the three factors characteristic of innovative curricula: education, practice, and mobility of students and teachers – in this case, in the intercontinental aspect. I congratulate the authors and thank all the people engaged in organising the School.

Prof. Joanicjusz Nazarko, Director of the International China and Central-Eastern Europe Institute of Logistics and Service Science, said: ‘The main idea of this year’s edition of the summer school is the New Silk Route. This Chinese initiative has a chance to become the biggest logistic initiative of our times, and therefore the participants of the Summer School are going to analyse different logistic aspects of the Route and also development possibilities of the countries on the Route.’

Teachers from the BUT Faculty of Management conducted classes on, among others, intermodal transport planning, warehouse management, selected issues of automatic control in transport, virtual freight forwarding, and transport management. Students from Ningbo paid study visits to the following businesses: Adampol, PKP Cargo in Malaszewicze, Okregowa Spoldzielnia Mleczarska (Dairy Plant) in Piatnica, and CEDC International. For recreation, they visited Bialystok and its vicinity, Suprasl, Bialowieza, Cracow, and Zakopane.

‘The school has already gained a solid reputation. It is popular among our students who eagerly apply for places in it. The situation is the same at our partner university in China. Participation in the Summer School of Logistics not only offers a unique opportunity to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of global logistics, but it also gives its participants a good advantage on the job market. This enterprise is of special relevance in the light of the developing idea of the New Silk Route, which provides for the development of transport corridors connecting China and Europe, and consequently, investment in the logistic infrastructure’, said Katarzyna Kuzmicz, PhD, Head of the Summer School of Logistics at the Faculty of Management at our University.


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