From 21 – 28 March 2016, SIM University's (UniSIM) School of Business collaborated with Bhutan's Royal Institute of Management (RIM) to hold the Bhutan Immersion in Logistics and Procurement for UniSIM's Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme students and graduates. This was a follow-up to the successful first visit to Bhutan in December 2014 where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UniSIM and RIM.
Nine students and two graduates from UniSIM's Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Business programmes teamed up with five graduate diploma students from RIM's Department of Finance and Business for this event. They were led by UniSIM's Associate Professor Tan Yan Weng, Head of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Urban Transport Management programmes, and associate Dr Tony Halim, together with three RIM faculty members. The participants visited Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals, which is under the Ministry of Health's Traditional Medicine Services, and Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, to learn about their production and supply issues; and the 8Eleven supermarket to understand their logistics issues. Working in a four-member cross-cultural team, the participants presented their proposed solutions to the issues that were identified at the case company, Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals, to a judging panel that included its Director General and Chief Pharmacist, as well as the Director General of RIM.
According to Mr Mogan s/o Vithilingam, a final-year Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme student, this was one of his most memorable overseas trips as he had gained invaluable experience working in a team to solve problems under time pressure and presenting his team's ideas to a panel.
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Participants of the Bhutan Immersion in Logistics and Procurement.