Kühne Foundation

Kühne Logistics University

Since being founded in 2010, Kühne Logistics University (KLU) has been the flagship of the Kühne Foundation in the field of logistics, shaping the specialists and managers of tomorrow. The private university contributes to the professionalization of the logistics industry and its future-oriented and sustainable further development through excellent research, education and training. In keeping with its ambition to be the university for logistics and business management, KLU aims to provide industry and society with cross-sector expertise in these areas in order to meet the considerable challenges of our time. With KLU, the Kühne Foundation has acknowledged the outstanding importance of logistics and supply chain management for the global economy, while also shaping the academic landscape and increasing the visibility of this economic sector.

Education and training  A bachelor’s degree program, four master’s degree programs including a part-time MBA, and a structured doctoral program offer excellent academic environment and career prospects for over 400 students from 60 nations. Certificate programs and seminars for specialists and managers complement the range of courses on logistics, supply chain management and corporate management. An international faculty of ca. 30 professors teaches in English on a modern campus in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Students have rated KLU as the best university with English-language degree programs, awarding it 4.8 out of 5 stars for their study experience (Studyportals 2021).

Practice  Kühne Logistics University promotes exchanges between science and business through research projects, doctoral theses and in numerous event formats. Research, education and training alike are characterized by a clear practical orientation.

Research  The focus is on digital transformation, sustainability and innovative value creation, especially in the areas of transport, global logistics and supply chain management. Three research centers pursue projects in sustainable, maritime and humanitarian logistics, each in cooperation with partners in industry and practice. KLU is one of Germany’s top three universities for supply chain research (SCM Journal List Ranking 2022). The current WirtschaftsWoche ranking (2023) also underscores the university’s excellent research. Here, the university ranked second for business administration among all private business schools in German-speaking countries, measured by research output per professor.


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