Malaysia Research Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain (MaRCeLS) PDF Print E-mail
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Malaysia Research Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain (MaRCeLS) was established in April 2009 under organization re-structuring of Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam.  It was formed to undertake research, consultancy and training activities specifically in the field of logistics and supply chain.

In November 2009, MaRCeLS has been granted a total of RM 10 million research grants for the period of 5 years to facilitate the research needs of the MLC.  The grant was awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) initiated by the Malaysia Logistics Council (MLC) and supported by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to carry out logistics and supply chain – related research (Cabinet Committee for Services Meeting on 12 February 2009 and MOHE Meeting on 25th June 2009).

MALAYSIA RESEARCH CENTRE FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN (MaRCeLS)Having considered the number of critical issues raised up by the practitioners in the logistics and supply chain industry, there is a strong need for a creation of MaRCeLS that focuses on research related to the development and commercialization of the industry.  The research centre is expected to provide a forum of discussing issues and solutions in determining the direction of the industry.  Thus, it is the intention of MaRCeLS to devote itself towards exploiting the extensive network of experts and resources available in UiTM to facilitate the development of ‘knowledge through research’.


MaRCeLS was established to achieve the following objectives.

  • To serve as a national and international focal point for advanced research in the field of logistics and supply chain management through research and collaboration with industry partners and government agencies both locally and internationally.
  • To serve the role as a comprehensive logistics information centre through the collection, organization and process of domestic and external data as well as dissemination of information.
  • To provide platforms for capacity building in the form of training and  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes as well as postgraduate courses in logistics and supply chain at both Masters and Doctoral (PhD) level.

It is hoped that by facilitating the development and promotion of logistics and supply chain management research as well as bridging the gap between the academia, government agencies and the industry, MaRCeLS would drive the development of the logistics industry as well as ensuring the sustainable growth of the industry.


Activities in MaRCeLS
The activities are designed to meet the purpose of bringing together academics, government agencies and industry practitioners from various disciplines all over the world to discuss ideas, issues, experiences, implementations, best practice, current development of management and equipment as well as exploring best methods in meeting the challenges.  Thus, the main activities/programmes of MaRCeLS are three-fold namely education, research and consultancy services to the industry.

1. Education

The Centre’s goal in education is pursued through three main programmes:

  • The postgraduate research programmes at Masters and Doctoral (PhD) level.
  • International Conference in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Fellowship programme
The Centre strives to advance understanding and expanding knowledge
Consultancy services to the Industry

MaRCeLS will work closely with closely with the Malaysia Logistics Council (MLC) in meeting the needs of the indutry. Thus, four major services will be offered to the industry practitioners at large namely

  • Research and Consultancy
  • Customised/training programmes
  • Professional development programmes
  • Workshops/Dialogues/Forums/Meetings

In meeting the needs of the indutry as well serving the role to the MLC, it is proposed that the series of activities will be conducted as follows



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