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University supply chain program ranks No. 7 in world

February 19, 2016
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A West Michigan university’s supply chain program is among the best in the world.

SCM World, a global community of supply chain practitioners, named Western Michigan University as the only West Michigan-based institution among its top 100 universities across the globe based on input from surveying the supply chain profession.

Local ranking

WMU was ranked seventh overall among the top universities in the world with a score of 382, placing the Kalamazoo-based university among the ranks of institutions such as Michigan State University, Penn State University, Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and London Business School.

Sime Curkovic, professor of supply chain management at WMU, said university industry partners and the supply chain faculty have known for a long time WMU “more than adequately prepares” students for the workforce.

“This study externally validates that claim for us, and now people outside of our network will realize this,” said Curkovic.  “For our students and alumni, this study increases the value of their degrees because of the increased brand name and reputation.”

In terms of ranking by industry, WMU was named second for industrial, ninth for health care and pharmaceutical, 11th for CPG and retail, 13th for logistics and distribution, and 14th for high-tech. WMU also secured a top five ranking for its undergraduate supply chain program.

“I would encourage all employers to find the best supply chain talent across several schools, not just the ones they went to,” said Curkovic. “There is talent everywhere, including WMU.”

The survey

SCM World’s fourth annual Supply Chain University 100 survey ranks the top supply chain universities throughout the world based on feedback from the supply chain profession. The survey is designed to evaluate how hiring professionals view the academic preparation given to young supply chain talent entering the field.

The annual poll surveyed nearly 2,300 individuals during the five-month period between September 2015 and the end of January 2016 on their top three choices of university or college options from a list of 190 institutions. Respondents also were also given the option to choose schools other than those listed.

Each school was ranked based on its overall score, which was determined by the ranking given by each poll respondent. A number one ranking was worth three points, while schools listed second and third received two points and one point, respectively.

Michigan schools

SCM World’s report also named two other Michigan-based schools among the Top 100 Universities for their supply chain programming. Michigan State University was ranked as the overall top university with a score of 1,149, and University of Michigan was listed eighth with a score of 306.

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