The Department of Logistics was established by the order of the Rector of the National Aviation University №17 / od of February 7, 2003 as a separate educational and scientific structural unit of the Faculty of Management and Logistics to train specialists in "Logistics". By the way, at the initiative of NAU, the specialty of Logistics was included in the "List of areas and specialties for which training in higher education institutions at the appropriate educational and qualification levels" by order of the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine №50 from 11.01.2002. of Ministers of Ukraine №19-9 / 33 dated 28.12.2001
At the first stage of its operation, the main purpose of the department was to promote the concept of logistics in Ukraine, study, adaptation and dissemination of international experience in training specialists in logistics, as well as logistics solutions and technologies in the domestic business environment. The first teaching staff of the department was small, but no less professional, and included associate professors Kosareva OY, Chernyshova OP, Polyanska NE, Lukina SY and assistants Karpun OV and Skachek LM Especially valuable was the experience of Russian colleagues - the Moscow Automobile Institute, the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg University of Engineering and Economics, who began training logistics two years earlier than in Ukraine. Teachers of the department were regular participants of the Moscow International Logistics Forum, which at that time was the main source of information about the experience of implementing logistics technologies in the activities of enterprises in the post-Soviet space.
The first staff of the Department of Logistics, autumn 2004
Forecasting the growth of demand for professional logistics managers, the department offered the labor market a variety of training programs for full-time and part-time forms of training, retraining and advanced training. Together with the Association of Logistics and Supply Chain Management of Italy (AILOG), courses were organized on the basis of NAU, the main purpose of which was educational activities and presentation of international experience in the field of logistics. Cooperation with universities of different countries and international organizations allowed the department to develop educational, methodological, scientific and informational training of logistics professionals at the level of international standards and become one of the leading departments of logistics in Ukraine.
Our partners include the Italian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association AILOG, the Russian Logistics Coordination Council (KSL), the NEA Research and Training Institute with the support of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Economy of the Kingdom of Germany, the German Logistics Union (BVL), the Association Logistics Association of Russia, European Logistics Association (ELA), Higher School of Logistics in Poznan (Poland), Wildau Technical University (Germany), Ningbo University of Technology (China), Chisinau Institute of Transport and Logistics (Moldova), Magdeb University Department of Logistics. Otto von Henrique, Moscow Automobile and Road Institute, Volgograd State Technical University; St. Petersburg University of Engineering and Economics (Russia), etc.
Taking into account the experience of European countries, the Department of Logistics initiated the creation of a professional association in Ukraine - the public organization "Ukrainian Logistics Association" (June, 2005), the main purpose of which was to consolidate the efforts of teaching staff of Ukraine and the business community. development of the theory and practice of logistics.
The establishment of the association provided an opportunity to more actively develop cooperation with European NGOs to share experiences in the field of logistics training, as well as to obtain information on best logistics practices, better logistics projects and technologies for conducting logistics business. Thanks to personal contacts with colleagues from abroad, teachers of the department joined the interesting projects of the European Union:
- "Support to the Integration of Ukraine into the European Transport Network TEN-T", - "Intensification of training in the transport sector in the TRACECA countries" (EUROPEAID / 12698 / C / SER / MULTI ),
- "LOG4GREEN: development of international transport and logistics clusters" (Transport Clusters Development and Implementation Measures of a Six Region Strategic Joint Action Plan for Knowledge-based Regional Innovations).
In May 2012, the most significant event in the logistics of Ukraine took place: the General Assembly of the European Logistics Association was held in Kyiv. Leaders of logistics associations in almost all European countries gathered to discuss the main trends in the development of global logistics, training issues, best practices in the implementation of logistics technologies in business and more. It is extremely gratifying that foreign guests praised the development of logistics in Ukraine and, in particular, the quality of training of students majoring in "Logistics" at NAU, who took an active part in servicing the events of the European Assembly.
Пresident of the Ukrainian Logistics Association M. Hryhorak and President of the European Logistics Association Joss Marinus during the YPA General Assembly in Kyiv (2012)
The next stage in the development of the department is associated with an extremely important area of legalization of the specialty "Logistics" in Ukraine. Teachers of the department were involved in the development of the first generation of industry standards of higher education in the specialty "Logistics", as well as in their improvement. Suffice it to say that 13 of the 28 meetings of the Logistics subcommittee of the Scientific and Methodological Commission for Management and Administration of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine were held at the National Aviation University. Active cooperation with colleagues from other higher education institutions, who have also started training logistics specialists, has allowed to develop and implement in the educational process programs of all disciplines, almost all of which are innovative.
Educational and methodological and informational quality assurance of training specialists in "Logistics" is aimed at continuous improvement of the educational process in order to meet the requirements and expectations of employers, the introduction of innovative learning technologies, balanced and cognitive learning, mastering skills and competencies (competencies) communication, creative and critical analysis, teamwork and the ability to self-realization in society.
Thus, a brief digression into the history of formation and development of the Department of Logistics shows that it has already been formed as an educational and scientific unit. We look confidently into the future of logistics in Ukraine, as the department has the most talented and creative students.