Science & Education


       Number of (applied) universities and research institutes dealing with logistical issues              

The various logistics-related higher learning partnerships in Singapore include the Logistics Institute Asia-Pacific, involving Nanyang Technical University and Georgia Institute of Technology, and the MIT-Singapore transportation initiative, which is part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. In addition, the Institut des Sciences Economiques awards logistics degrees in its Singapore campus as do several local universities including the School of Business Logistics in Chennai and the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Material Management.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), and the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) are dealing with logistics issues.

Temasek Polytechnic (TP) offers a course “Logistics and Operation Management”. Ngee Ann polytech: international supply chain management (iscm) (a 3-year course).






Number of research entities dealing with sustainability aspects within logistics 




With more than $636,62 millions of research funding in the area of sustainability, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a global leader in this area.

SAP Research Singapore is among the largest research centers globally. SAP Research Singapore address the increasingly complex challenges facing urban cities today, across areas such as transportation, logistics, urban management and sustainability. The research center employ around 60 research staff and up to 40 undergraduate and PhD student interns, with a focus on tapping the local talent pool. A collaboration between SAP, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), SAP Research Singapore is also the first corporate lab to be established at the NRF’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Expertise (CREATE).

Sustainable Supply Chain Centre of Asia Pacific (SSCCAP)

In 2010, DHL announced its collaboration with The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific (TLI-Asia Pacific) to establish the Sustainable Supply Chain Centre of Asia Pacific (SSCCAP) in Singapore. Building on DHL’s sustainable supply chain expertise and global GoGreen customer solutions, SSCCAP will develop practical business tools for the industry to establish benchmarks, in addition to focusing on research and education to drive sustainable supply chain development in the region.










Existence of a Strategic Research Agenda dedicated to (sustainable) logistics




There is no Research Agenda especially dedicated to logistics, however, there is a strategy with strong links to logistics:

The National Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), chaired by the Prime Minister, were set up in 2006. Its mission is:

- To advise the Singapore Cabinet on national research and innovation policies and strategies to drive the transformation of Singapore into a knowledge-based economy, with strong capabilities in research and development (R&D); and

-  To lead the national drive to promote research, innovation and enterprise, by encouraging new initiatives in knowledge creation in science and technology, and to catalyse new areas of economic growth.

The Council has identified Strategic areas of research to build up core R&D capabilities. These are areas that Singapore has a unique competitive edge to gain a leadership position. There are currently three Strategic Research Programmes: Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Water Technologies including Clean Energy and Interactive and Digital Media. Especially the Environmental and Water Technologies Programme has several links to logistics.

The RIEC and National Research Foundation (NRF) as its secretary will continue to explore other emerging areas beyond these three programmes and opportunities for synergy and cross-disciplinary research at the interfaces between the three research areas.

A high-level Steering Committee and an Executive Committee comprising representatives from public sector agencies, industry and academia, have been formed in each of these Strategic Research Programmes to oversee and coordinate the programme from a multidisciplinary and holistic sector-wide perspective.










Existence of interdisciplinary logistics research
(e.g. existence of interdisciplinary centres)




Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre.

SMART is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF). SMART serves as an intellectual hub for international research collaborations, not only between MIT and Singapore, but also involving researchers from the region and beyond. At SMART, they identify and carry out research on critical problems of societal importance.  SMART is a magnet attracting and anchoring global research talents, while simultaneously instilling and promoting a culture of translational research and entrepreneurship in Singapore. Five interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) have been established to date, among them is the Future Urban Mobility (FM).










Existence of logistics specific vocational training (occupational and extra-occupational)




Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
: among the Professional Development Executive Courses: is a course of Logistics Productivity Measurement and Improvement.

The Logistics Academy
The Logistics Academy was founded by Singapore Logistics Association in 2010 in order to provide quality training and lifelong learning for the logistics workforce. Today, there are Special Training Programmes, Training Courses and Workforce Skills Qualifications as well as Continuous Learning Programmes.