Kühne Logistics University

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Kuehne Logistics University - Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU)
Kühne Logistics University Logo.png
Type Business School
Established September 2010
President Thomas Strothotte
Dean Jan Becker (research), Christian Barrot (programs)
Academic staff
Students 202
Location Hamburg, Germany
Website http://www.the-klu.org

Kuehne Logistics University – Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU) is a private, state-recognized college (Hochschule) based in Hamburg, Germany. It was founded by the Kühne Stiftung (Kuehne Foundation) which is based in Schindellegi, Switzerland. The contracting body is the Kühne Logistics University GmbH. The non-profit foundation supports education and further education as well as research and science in transport and logistics.

KLU comprises two departments: "Logistics" and "Management and Economics", and it spans the whole gamut of university education and executive education, from bachelor's degrees and two master’s programs to the structured PhD program. KLU is located at Hamburg’s HafenCity area and its classes are taught in English.


The Kuehne Logistics University evolved in September 2010 from Kühne School of Logistics and Management, the graduate business school for logistics management at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH). The Kühne School was founded in 2003 as a public–private partnership by the Technical University of Hamburg and the Kühne Foundation as Hamburg School of Logistics, but was later renamed in honor of Klaus-Michael Kühne, a German entrepreneur who donated 3 million euro for the school's foundation, followed by an additional donation of 30 million euro in 2007.[1] In conjunction with the opening ceremony of the new campus, Klaus-Michael Kühne donated an additional 40 million euro to the KLU.[2]

Kühne School offered a full-time and a part-time in-service M.B.A. program with a logistics management specialization, and two master’s programs, one in Logistics, Infrastructure, and Mobility and the other in International Industrial Engineering.

  • 2003 founding of HSL Hamburg School of Logistics
  • 2004 MBA-degree program – full-time
  • 2005 Accreditation of full-time MBA Programs by ASIIN
  • 2006 MBA-degree program – part-time
  • 2006 First Summer School – part-time
  • 2007 renaming and change of legal status to Kühne School of Logistics and Management at the TUHH
  • 2007 Master-degree program International Engineering and Management – full-time
  • 2008 Accreditation of the part-time MBA-Programs by ASIIN
  • 2008 Master-degree program logistics, Infrastructure and mobility – full-time
  • 2010 founding and state recognition of the Kühne Logistics University - Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU)

Right to confer doctorates[edit]

KLU was granted the right to confer PhD degrees on September 7, 2017. The Hamburg Senate adopted the relevant resolution in a session on August 8, 2017.


All programs are accredited by either ASIIN or FIBAA. As a private higher education institution, KLU has been accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR, Wissenschaftsrat) which regularly assesses the quality of private education undertakings in Germany. In its decision, the Wissenschaftsrat highlighted the international education at KLU and the quality of its research output. [3]


  • Bachelor of Science Management
  • Bachelor of Science Business Administration (starting 2018)
  • Master of Science Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science Management
  • TriContinent Master of Science in Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science Maritime Law & Logistics
  • Doctoral Program (PhD)
  • MBA Leadership & Supply Chain Management



The 2014 Handelsblatt Ranking for Business Schools places Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg at the very top. KLU ranks no. 3 in research output per professor among all universities in Germany and has the highest research output of all private business schools in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

CHE University Ranking 2014

KLU achieved a top rating in the five most important criteria CHE Center for Higher Education examined in its current master’s student rankings for business administration. KLU students who responded to the survey gave the overall learning environment, academic program, supervision, and international orientation the top rating of very good. They gave the same rating to the degree program’s relevance to academics and practice, the library, and the building and facilities.

U-Multirank 2014

KLU ranks top in timely program completion and international degree orientation. International students are clearly in the majority at KLU, which is our trademark as an internationally oriented scientific university. A semester abroad at one of the partner universities in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Americas plus internships at renowned, global companies are standard components of the KLU program.

Handelsblatt Ranking 2012

KLU is ranked among the top universities within a field of over 120 institutions. This ranking has been achieved even though the newly founded university has only a fraction of the professors of other well-established universities. When the research performance per professor is taken as a yardstick, a truer picture of the research strength of KLU is presented: KLU is in seventh place – on a par with long-established faculties such as those at the universities of Mannheim, Munich, and Cologne.


In July 2012, the KLU was awarded the ERASMUS University Charter.

See also[edit]

Kuehne+Nagel International AG


  1. ^ Maaß, Stephan (2007-07-08). "30 Millionen Euro für Logistik-Uni". Die Welt (in German). 
  2. ^ "Milestones". The KLU. 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ Accreditation Decision of the Wissenshaftsrat of 2015 [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°32′26″N 9°59′39″E / 53.54056°N 9.99417°E / 53.54056; 9.99417