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SUSS and HELP Logistics Collaboration: Learning about Humanitarian Supply Chain through Board Games

SUSS Logistics and Supply Chain Management students spent an engaging and fun-filled afternoon at a game-based approach workshop on humanitarian supply chain organised by the School of Business and HELP Logistics. With facilitation by the HELP Logistics team on the Business on The Move (BoTM) humanitarian edition board game, 16 SUSS students, 2 Army Logistics Training Institute guests and a few SUSS lecturers immersed themselves in a realistic board game simulating effective and efficient humanitarian supply chain deliveries of relief items.

Additionally, the BoTM workshop co-organised by SUSS and HELP Logistics aims to raise awareness of the importance of effective and efficient supply chain operations in the humanitarian arena to young local talents and encourage the positive transformation of supply chain and logistics knowledge.

Participants engrossed in the humanitarian board game
Participants engrossed in the humanitarian board game

The game involved taking into consideration supply chain planning, capabilities of different transport modes, resource optimisation, the urgency of deliveries, collaboration with peers and trade-offs in the field. Through the interactive board game, participants simulated the deliveries of humanitarian relief items from overseas to the affected sites and learned practical lessons on planning and operating an uninterrupted humanitarian supply chain during the first 72 hours of emergency response. At the end of the workshop, Associate Professor Allan Chia, Dean of SUSS School of Business, presented Certificates of Achievement to the participants which included students, alumni, faculty members and guests from the Singapore Army.

Group photo of BoTM Workshop participants and facilitators
Group photo of  BoTM Workshop participants and facilitators 

An SUSS student and participant of the workshop said, "One thing I like the most about this workshop is that it gave us (students) the opportunity to work with fellow course mates, from full-time and part-time as well as our seniors and juniors. This workshop gave me a better insight into the humanitarian supply chain sector, which is hardly discussed in school. I realised that when it comes to saving a life, it is not about being commercial and tight-fisted. Also, when transporting essential needs such as medical products and food to affected places, we should always identify the type of emergency such as during war, or the development situation, like refugee camps, where the projects are usually for an extended period of time."

SUSS looks forward to continuing our partnership with HELP Logistics to support learning through collaboration and gaming opportunities for our students!

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