Universities collaborate for supply chain training centre

The University of Sydney Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) has joined with the University of Newcastle to establish a food and beverage supply chain training centre.

 “The ARC Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation” will train the next generation of multidisciplinary researchers capable of designing and managing safe, sustainable, and cost-effective food supply chains vital to the industry’s future,” said centre chief investigator, associate professor Behnam Fahimnia.

The sector is currently worth more than 30 billion dollars a year and employs 15 per cent of the national workforce. The Federal Government’s 2013 National Food Plan White Paper calls for “a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply supporting access to nutritious and affordable food”.

The ITLS – University of Newcastle collaboration is backed by the CSIRO, Georgia Institute of Technology, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Coca-Cola Amatil Australia, SunRice, the Batlow Fruit Co-operative, and Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing.

The ITLS is now calling for applications for a PhD scholarship in food and beverage supply chain optimisation.

“The successful applicant will to join our team and will work on supply chain design and management projects in close collaboration with our industry partners,” said Dr Fahimnia.

“The focus of these projects will be on the development of decision tools and optimisation models for the design of efficient, resilient, and sustainable supply chains in food and beverage industry.”

Those interested in applying for the scholarship, valued at nearly $30,000 per annum (with a $10,000 top-up bonus for local students), should email associate professor Behnam Fahimnia.


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