The Universidad de los Andes was founded in Bogotá in 1948 by a group of young people and was the first private, secular and politically independent colleges in Colombia. In 1972, the School of Management was established with the aim of training future leaders.
The Kühne Foundation has supported the logistics professorship at the School of Management since March 2017. Prof. Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier holds the Endowed Chair and provides courses in Logistics and Operations Research in the Master's and Bachelor's programmes as well as in an Executive MBA and an Executive Education programme. Since August 2018, the newly developed master programme in Supply Chain Management with specialisation in maritime and port logistics has been offered at the faculty and began with 28 student enrolments.
The excellence and high-quality standards of the faculty are recognised by the highest national accreditation body; the National Accreditation Council and also internationally by the so-called Triple Crown Accreditation (with the business school seals EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). This means the faculty is the only one in Colombia to be included in the one per cent of most prestigious business schools in the world. Today, there are 77 professors at the faculty, 20 of whom come from abroad. More than 1,500 students receive training here in two bachelor's, six master's, two MBA and three specialisation programmes. In 2018, a new campus was inaugurated in the port city of Cartagena.
Research at the department is based on current challenges in Colombia and Latin America.
The chair has established a close cooperation with the KLU, fostering an intensive academic as well as student exchange.