Amman- 28 February 2019

The first workshop of a common project between German and Jordanian partners on a Jordan Innovation Center for Logistics (JOINOLOG) was held at the premises of GJU’s Graduate School of Business Administration in the King Hussein Business Park in Amman on 22nd of January 2019.

The overall aim of the project is to outline and set-up the ‘Jordan Innovation Center for Logistics’ (in short: JOINOLOG). JOINOLOG is the intended joint approach that leads to focused applied research and the generation and implementation of innovations in the field of research.

JOINOLOG will sustainably improve the strengths and competitiveness of the Jordanian logistic innovation ecosystem by research and knowledge transfer in the brought field of logistics, like transport systems or infrastructural measures.

The workshop aimed at preparing the first steps of the project implementation and brought together representatives of governmental institutions, universities, and business partners. Representatives of the logistics services provider “Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV)” came from 350 km distant coast city Aqaba, to provide insight into the challenges of their business. The governmental input was given by representatives of the “Higher Council of Science and Technology (HCST)”, who added a comprehensive view of future plans and institutions.

The German Jordanian University (GJU) was represented by the Vice President, Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann, Dr. Ismail Abushaikha and Dr. Luay Jum’a from GJU’s Logistics Department and Mrs. Britta Kähler, Director of the Office for Industrial Links. The workshop was organized and moderated by the German lead partners, Prof. Dr. Michael Huth and Mr. Jakob Grubmüller from Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

In addition to the resulting, comprehensive analysis of the logistical landscape in Jordan, the status of university and company-related research in Jordan was also discussed.

Different points on how to realize the center were exchanged, which promise great steps for the JOINOLOG project. The results of the workshops will be used to substantiate the concept of JOINOLOG.

It is worth mentioning that the project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the DLR (German Aerospace Center).

JOINOLOG is conducted by a consortium led by Fulda University of Applied Sciences. The consortium consists of German Jordanian University (GJU), Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV), the Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST) in Jordan, Speditions- und Logistikverband Hessen/Rheinland-Pfalz e.V. (SLV), and House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) GmbH.

For more information, please refer to HS Fulda: Jordan Innovation Center for Logistics - JOINOLOG

Contact at GJU: Dr. Ismail Abushaika