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Indicator 1. Presence of courses or exams on Logistics

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions)

Topic: Educational offer

Risk covered: Lack of educational offer specific on Logistics

Methods:

If any courses are available

Development of specific courses or at several levels (Bachelor, Master, professional) focused on Logistics, based on the needs and potentialities of the entity

If there are only some courses available

Development of specific courses or exams at the missing level

If there are courses available at all levels

Analysis of the contents and educational methods used
Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If any courses are available

Analysis of specific needs of the territory in terms of Logistics courses/exam and analysis of the potentialities of creation of courses/exams

Proposal of courses focused on Logistics during official meetings for the periodical (usually annual or biennial) course planning.

Proposal to local/ national key players on Logistics (e.g. Port/Airport Authorities) or Trade Associations of co-financing of courses on Logistics.

Creation of a “Strategic Committee” comprised of the above-mentioned figures, with consultative powers.

If there are only some courses available

Proposal of courses focused on Logistics during official meetings for the periodical (annual…) course planning

If there are courses available at all levels

See Collaboration in Designing Courses
 Guideline reference:

If there are any courses or only some courses available

If there are courses available at all levels

Indicator 2. Presence of dedicated staff for collaboration on didactic activities on logistic topics

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions), Research institutions, Companies

Topic: Structure

Risk covered: Lack of dedicated structure

Methods:

If there are any dedicated structures

Identification of a reference person in the most suitable administrative office who will be in charge to take care of active collaborations with external partners about didactic activities on logistic topics

If there are dedicated structures

Analysis of the existing staff and of their functions
Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If there are any dedicated structures

Analysis of the staff chart and selection of a unit and a position where the role/responsibility for didactic activities in the logistic field can be assigned. The diplomacy and organizational competence will be considered as fundamental requirements.

If there are dedicated structures

Analysis of the most efficient profile in terms of management of collaboration with external partners from good practices and self-assessment
 Guideline reference:

If there are dedicated structures

Indicator 3. Presence of Research centers on Logistics

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions), Research institutions, Companies

Topic: Structure

Risk covered: Lack of dedicated structure

Methods:

If there are any dedicated structures

Evaluation of the opportunity to create a research center (1) or the activation of a collaboration with an existing one (2)

If there are dedicated structures

Analysis of the activities offered/ planned in the Center – analysis of the organizational structure – analysis of the active collaborations

Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If there are any dedicated structures

1.      Start of the process of creation of a Research Center: search of possible Partners for financial and scientific support with a proposal of governance and activities inspired to the best practices

1.1.    Proposal to local/ national key players on Logistics (e.g. Port/Airport Authorities) or Trade Associations of co-financing of the research center on Logistics.

2.        Activation of collaborations: Search of possible Partners for activating a first a temporary collaboration, with the perspective of an enduring one.

If there are dedicated structures

Using the Good practices, analyse the alignment of the activities of the Center in terms of innovation, effectiveness, diffusion of the results. Assessment of the governance: the Center should be participated by different actors to reach completeness. Evaluation of active collaborations: consider the profile of Partners and the ones presented in the best practice to evaluate an enlargement

 Guideline reference:

If there are dedicated structures

Indicator 4. Presence of external contacts for selecting educational contents

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions)

Topic: Collaboration in Designing Courses

Risk covered: Contents/ Methods not aligned with company’s needs

Methods:

If contents/methods are not aligned

Plan to include experts from the industry, Research institutes and (when absent) lecturers of different fields (e.g. Engineering, Economy, Informatic, Law) in the meetings in which the courses are designed

If contents/methods are aligned

Review of the contents (1), evaluation of alignment of programmes and requirements of the accreditation process (2)

Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If contents/methods are not aligned

In respect of the national standards required, selection of contents using:

-topics considered essential by the industry

-the last innovative results achieved by ad-hoc research institutions

The Good practice will also help in guiding the balance of the different needs. 

If contents/methods are aligned

If the collaboration is already active, consider (1) the review of contents based on the best practices’ ones and (2) starting the accreditation process for the course with the alignment of the required elements.

 Guideline reference:

If contents/methods are not aligned

If contents/methods are aligned

Indicator 5. Presence of external contacts for defining educational programmes

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions)

Topic: Collaboration in Designing Courses

Risk covered: Contents/ Methods not aligned with company’s needs

Methods:

If contents/methods are not aligned

Plan to include experts from the industry, Research institutes and (when absent) lecturers of different fields (e.g. Engineering, Economy, Informatic, Law) in the meetings in which the programmes are designed

If contents/methods are aligned

Review of the programmes (1), evaluation of alignment of programmes and requirements of the accreditation process (2)

Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If contents/methods are not aligned

At the official meetings of Didactic Councils, proposal of participation of experts from the Logistics area and researchers to debate about the proposed programme of courses/exams on Logistics.

Guidelines to lecturers to guide the definition of programmes: contents needed are mostly the currently required topics from Companies, the last trends and findings of Research centers and the LogiComp, the “competences tracking tool” that identified the most important competences related to the Logistic field.

If contents/methods are aligned

If the collaboration is already active, consider (1) the review of programmes based on the best practices’ ones and (2) starting the accreditation process for the course with the alignment of the required elements.

 Guideline reference:

If contents/methods are not aligned

 

Indicator 6. Presence of external contacts for choosing lecturers

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions)

Topic: Collaboration in Designing Courses

Risk covered: Contents/ Methods not aligned with company’s needs

Methods:

If contents/methods are not aligned

Plan to include experts from the industry, researchers from Research institutes and lecturers of different fields (e.g. Engineering, Economy, Informatic, Law) as lecturers

If contents/methods are aligned

Review of the selected lecturers (1), evaluation of alignment of programmes and requirements of the accreditation process (2)
Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If contents/methods are not aligned

Lectures should be mixed as presented:

–   Internal and guest professors (national/ international)

–   Guest experts from Business (national/ international)

–   Partners/ Alumni (in research/ business topics)

If contents/methods are aligned

If the collaboration is already active, consider (1) the review of the selected lectures based on the best practices’ ones and (2) starting the accreditation process for the course with the alignment of the required elements.

Guideline reference:

If contents/methods are aligned

Indicator 7. Presence of external contacts for selecting educational methods

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions)

Topic: Collaboration in Designing Courses

Risk covered: Contents/ Methods not aligned with company’s needs

Methods:

If contents/methods are not aligned

Plan to include experts from the industry, researchers from Research institutes and lecturers of different fields (e.g. Engineering, Economy, Informatic, Law) in the meetings in which the methods are selected

If contents/methods are aligned

Review of the methods (1), evaluation of alignment of programmes and requirements of the accreditation process (2)
Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If contents/methods are not aligned

The most efficient methods, to be used, from the analysed good practices for methods are the following:

–   Innovative teaching methods: case studies, projects, industry specific software experiencing, simulations, interactive games

–   Intensive Alumni interactions

If contents/methods are aligned

If the collaboration is already active, consider (1) the review of methods based on the best practices’ ones and (2) starting the accreditation process for the course with the alignment of the required elements.
 

Guideline reference:

If contents/methods are not aligned

If contents/methods are aligned

Indicator 8. Presence of external contacts for the governance on Logistics

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions), Research institutions, Companies

Topic: Collaboration in The Governance

Risk covered: Lack of contacts with other stakeholder for relevant decision about the core activity

Methods:

If there are any contacts with other stakeholders

Inclusion of business experts and researchers in the governance body

If there are contacts with other stakeholders

Check of the structure adopted (see above Indicators)
Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If there are any contacts with other stakeholders

Creation of ad-hoc Strategic Committee with key players on Logistics to advise and consult about opportunities of collaborations, courses, exams.In respect of the institution structure, the powers assigned to the Committee could be different.

If there are contacts with other stakeholders

Check of the structure adopted (see above Indicators)
 

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Indicator 9. Presence of research activities/ topics in Logistics

Actors involved: HEIs (High Education Institutions), Research institutions, Companies

Topic: Innovation

Risk covered: Lack of use of innovative topics/ results/ trends

Methods:

If any innovative topics/results are used

Develop of research activities on Logistics

If innovative topics/results are used

Check of the methods adopted (see above Indicators)
Instruments and possible actions to be used/implemented:

If any innovative topics/results are used

Prevision of development of research projects on Logistics inside the course, using a compendium of last research achievements and trends in parallel to the course contents 

If innovative topics/results are used

Check of the instruments adopted (see above Indicators)