Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport successfully organized the International Workshop "Logistics Industry in Vietnam and USA - Reality, Trends and Covid-19 Impacts"

(Updated:29/03/2021)
On March 12, 2021, the International Workshop "Logistics Industry in Vietnam and USA - Reality, Trends and Covid-19 Impacts" was co-organized online by the Faculty of Transport Economics - Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport (UT-HCMC) and Highline College (USA).

Attending to the workshop, there were representatives of UT-HCMC: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ba Hoang - Vice President in charge of UT-HCMC, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Thi Thu Hoa - Head of Department of Logistics and Multimodal Transport Management, Faculty of Transport Economics, lecturers in the Department and International Relations; Highline College: Dr. Emily Lardner - Vice President of Highline College, Dr. Michael Pham - Vice President in charge of Administration and Admissions, Mr. Sam Kaplan – Director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, Ms. Shawna Freeman Lane - Business Faculty and Department Coordinator, Ms. Phuong Thuy – A representative office of Highline College in Viet Nam.

Moreover, the workshop with  two keynote speakers participation, Mr. Tran Huu Trung Tin - Operations Director, Lineage Logistics Vietnam, Mr. Jake Maena – Sales Manager, Lynden Logistics (USA) and lots of teachers and students participation of UT-HCMC and Highline College (Seattle, Washington).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ba Hoang, lecturers, and keynote speakers at the international workshop

Speaking at the opening of workshop, Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ba Hoang expected honestly that lecturers and students of two schools will have a lot of opportunities to connect, exchange, learn from extensive and practical experience on logistics so that the cooperation between UT-HCMC and Highline College will be enhanced more and more considerably.

Dr. Emily Lardner – Vice President of Highline College expressed strongly belief in cooperation with UT-HCMC in the field of training, research, exchange of lecturers and students. She also wished to invite representatives of UT-HCMC to pay a visit and work with Highline College (USA).

Dr. Michael Pham, Vice President in charge of Administration and Admissions of Highline College emphasized the desire of Highline College about the organization for lecturers and students who have the opportunity to have a trip to go sightseeing and experience at UT-HCMC as well as Logistics Enterprises in Viet Nam.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Thi Thu Hoa (Head of Department of Logistics and Multimodal Transport Management, Faculty of Transport Economics, UT-HCMC) gave a discourse on Vietnam Logistics Market, analyzing the situation, trends and impacts of Covid-19 to Logistics, especially the issue of Vietnam Logistics personnel. Specifically, the discourse showed that the average growth rate of Vietnam Logistics industry is about 15% -16% / year. Currently there are about 30000 Logistics enterprises including about 4000 Logistics enterprises providing international Logistics services. According to the forecast by 2030, Vietnam needs more than 200000 professional Logistics human resources and if taking into account the needs of Logistics human resources at levels and also in the field of services and production, it is forecasted to be about 1.5- 2.2 million Logistics human resources. Vietnam is now ranked 39/160 countries in the world about the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) according to Connecting to compete: Trade Logistics in The Global of the World Bank (WB ) and ranked third in the ASEAN region while the United States have a LPI ranked at 14/160.

The discourse also analyzed the demand for Logistics for export goods that meet the requirements of Covid-19 epidemic prevention such as antimicrobial face masks, products, etc. to  markets of countries like the US, Europe, Japan, etc. ... as well as the demand for cold chain logistics to transport, preserve Covid-19 vaccine imported in Vietnam (Currently, VNVC vaccination center system with available staff and facilities is able to serve up to 4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine per month whereby VNVC has 49 odd vaccines warehouses and 2 major warehouses preserving vaccines at a temperature of 2-8 oC; pre-cold warehouses and 3 cold storage warehouses with a total area of ​​more than 1,000 m2, a capacity of more than 4,000 m3, with a capacity of up to 170 million doses of vaccines at a temperature of 2-8 oC or -20 oC to -86 oC).

Mr. Sam Kaplan - Director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management (Highline College) has a discourse on "Washington's Key Role in The Supply Chain" which is focused on the Logistics market of Washington, USA and stressed "Vietnam is One of Top Five Trading Partners through the Ports of the Seattle Area".

The representative of Lineage Logistics Vietnam (headquarter in Seattle, Washington), Mr. Tran Huu Trung Tin shared logistics activities of Lineage Logistics Vietnam in which the global Lineage Logistics is the leading logistics company in the world in the field of storage logistics according to temperature requirements and owning logistics warehouses in the world with more than 5.7 million pallets and 52 million ft³) (1 feet equivalent to 0.3048m). In Vietnam, Lineage Logistics has been becoming a leading FDI investor in the field of cold chain logistics (3 logistics warehouses of Lineage Logistics Vietnam is located in Song Than Industrial Zone, District 7 and VSIP Bac Ninh) with the capacity of about 80000 pallets locations with 82,500m2 of warehousing area which have the capacity to preserve goods at temperatures from -25 oC to 25 oC and manage inventory in real time. Mr. Tin also said Lineage Logistics Vietnam is ready to take students of two schools to go sightseeing and have internships there. Mr. Tin also expressed Lineage Logistics Vietnam desires to continue cooperating with UT-HCMC to hold Career Path Workshop to orient UT-HCMC’s students and introduce the technology applied in Logistics .

Mr. Jake Maena - Sales Manager, representative of Lynden Logistics Company (USA) shared the company's experience. Lynden Logistics, was founded in 1906 in Washington, became the first Logistics company to provide transportation services connecting from Washington to Alaska through the Alcan highway since 1954. Especially, Lynden with strengths in goods transport can be able to preserve goods well according to necessary temperature requirements.

At the Workshop, MSc. La Thu Thuy (Lecturer of Department of Logistics and Multimodal Transport Management, Faculty of Transport Economics) introduced the training program of Logistics and Supply Chain Management major UT-HCMC. UT-HCMC trained this major at first since 2008. With experience of training Logistics human resources, currently graduates are recruited and appreciated by domestic and international logistics companies. Moreover, there are now a number of alumni of Logistics major are working at overseas corporations such as Thai Beer Logistics (Thailand). More importantly, most of graduates are working properly on Logistics and have diverse job opportunities: ocean shipping company, air transport services company, roads, railways, inland waterways company, e-commerce companies like Lazada Express, Tiki, Shopee, manufacturing company, etc. Logistics and Supply Chain Management Training Program of Faculty of Transport Economics has been towards providing professional knowledge, improving career skills and creative thinking to create a learning environment in order that students can learn, experience and integrate well with the occupational environment after graduation.

The representative of Highline College, MSc. Shawna Freeman Lane shared training program of applying orientation on "Global Trade & Logistics" of the Business Faculty and on-job-training internship opportunities of students at corporations: Boeing, Port of Seattle, Amazon, etc.

Throughout the discourse from lecturers of two schools and speakers, students of two schools have spent a lot of interest in the status of logistics from the two countries as well as job opportunities in the field of Logistics & Supply Chain Management after graduating from school, continually asked a lot of questions and was received quick feedbacks and answers from teachers from representatives of two schools and speakers representing businesses in the field of Freight Forwarding or Logistics.

The online International workshop was successfully co-organized attracting the participation of more than 200 people from UT-HCMC and Highline College

The workshop has provided an opportunity to learn about the market & the situation of Logistics human resources in Viet Nam; Washington Logistics market and investment trends of Logistics companies (USA) into Vietnam through the discourses presented by lecturers of the two schools as well as the actual sharing of experts from multinational Logistics companies such as Lineage Logistics Vietnam (headquarter in Seattle, Washington), Lynden Logistics (Washington). The workshop also opens opportunities for cooperation in training, research and academic exchange of the two schools in the future and online co-organization academic events with domestic and foreign partners.

(News & Photos: Department of Logistics and Multimodal Transport Management, Faculty of Transport Economics)

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