I'M IN LOGISTICS. Let me be taught!

One of the tasks of a logistician is to arrange the best possible cargo movement, saving time for delivery of goods and money. At first glance it might seem that this is not a big deal. However, it is important to consider many factors in organizing the carriage: choosing the best shipping method, route development, the timeframe definition, searching for the ways of reducing the financial cost. It is especially important to know Foreign Economic Trade paperwork, customs legislation, international regulations of international transportation.


Many higher education institutions are now offering to get a logistic education, but which of them give a really good base? Experts of International logistics consortium ACEX have compiled a list of recommendations of higher education institutions, where education is valued above all.


State University of Management confidently holds the position of the leader of management education in Russia for 95 years already. More than 15 thousand students study at the State University, 12 directions of bachelor's degree and 7 directions of magistracy are open.

One of the graduates of the State University of Management is Denis Smirnov, director of the Togliatti branch of the Customs Logistics Agency. "I started my studies at the University, specializing in Intermodal Transportation Management. I successfully passed  qualifying  exams. My university is not the only one that prepares logistics specialists, - Denis says, - the formation of Moscow State University of Railway Engineering and Moscow State Automobile & Road Technical University (MADI) is also valued in our sphere. I chose the State University of Management because it conducted correspondence preparation before the qualifying examinations. Thanks to mentors, my study at the University was supported by real training in logistics companies. This was the practice at the WFS, the port forwarder, and the 3PL provider. "

Training in logistics companies allows you to understand better the scope in which you have to work, and to see the nuances of the work of a logistician  starting from the University.

Denis Smirnov


The Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (RFTA) is a Russian university that trains specialists in international economic relations and finance, foreign trade management and international law.

Evgeniya Vidulina"Now the program" Logistics in foreign economic activity "has appeared in the Master's program at the Faculty of Foreign Trade Management, - says the graduate of the university – ACEX agency network coordinator Evgeniya Vidulina. - In my case, logistics was a block in international economic education, which allowed the complex study of transport issues in connection with the external trade, contractual terms of transactions, insurance, accounting, customs ".

In the current realities, the logistician is obliged to be involved in all spheres, even indirectly related to the organization of international delivery, in order to advise the client. Such knowledge and skills become the bonus that will keep the client in the company .


It offers programs for specialists in logistics and supply chains. The International Training Center for Logisticians in Logistics is working within the HSE. 18 programs in various fields of activity, including the programs of professional development and MBA. 

"Today in Moscow, HSE offers a relatively good level of education in the field of logistics. But there is a common problem for all higher education institutions: insufficient level of communication with business, communication of profile departments with employers. Specific decisions and actions in this direction are required,says Yrysbek Tashbaev, project manager of the Community of Leaders and Logistics Specialists" Council of Supply Chain Professionals ". - If we talk about advanced training courses, then there are good programs at the Coordination Council for Logistics. I also recommend taking a course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an online program for Supply Chain Management, they have other basic and specialized courses. They are free, if you do not need to get a certificate; there are also various training programs that allow you to improve your professional level. If you do not need to get a diploma of higher or additional education, then I recommend joining the Council of Supply Chain Professionals - there is a good exchange of practical experience and knowledge between the participants. "

All educational institutions lack communication with business. There is no communication between the departments and the employer. Everyone understands that there are problems, but no one wants to discuss them. We need real actions.

Yrysbek Tashbaev

According to colleagues, the level of higher education in Russia is far from the practice that young specialists will encounter in real work. And what is the situation abroad?


One of the leading universities in China in the field of economics and finance, business, management and law, the University-participant of «Project 211» of the Government of China, a state program aimed at promoting 100 Chinese universities to the world level. It is necessary to name the undergraduate programs in English, which is rare in the universities of China. The University offers the program of Economics (international transport and logistics).

"I graduated from the International Institute of Business and Economics in Beijing," says Anastasia Sonko, logistics specialist of Atlantic Cargo, ACEX alliance member in Moscow. "My background helped me to join the process quickly. I can recommend this university. Of course, at the university we can find out what logistics mean, but you can become a logistician  only in real work. "

Anastasia Sonko

What will be useful in the future?

Every day logistics is changing - new technologies are emerging, the role of innovations is growing, and, consequently, the requirements to the profession are tightened. What has changed, what will the logistics of the future have to know and be able to do?

"There have been many changes in logistics for 10 years since my graduation from the university. To a greater extent, they are connected with the introduction of digital technologies and increasing of the quality requirements to the services provided, "commentsDenis Smirnov.

Despite the development of technology in the future, the importance of communicative, perhaps even psychological, skills in communication will increase even more, industry experts say.

"It's not enough just to offer a low rate, you need to be able to analyze the clients’ behavior, offer him an option that will satisfy exactly his needs, convey, convince him of the optimal decision. It is equally important to act in relations with partners and service providers, "Evgenia Vidulina shares her opinion.

At the University, we can find out what logisticians are, but you can become a logistician only in real work.

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