At the end of April this year, the final round of the 6th International Logistics Open Tournament was held at The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. AsstrA representatives took part in the event as members of the jury.
This sixth edition of the logistics tournament was attended by teams from many famous Moscow universities, including The Russian University of Transport (MIIT), The Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, The State University of Management (SUM), The National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), and The Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University (MADI). During the competition, students tested their abilities and demonstrated their knowledge, skills and capabilities. An interesting feature of this event is that it is held entirely in English.
The final round of the tournament was divided into two stages. During the first stage, the participants had to calculate the costs of two versions of the planned federal logistics network. In the second half of the competition, the participants honed their negotiation skills. Each contestant had to defend his or her assigned position and resolve the problem.
The judges evaluated the depth and thoroughness of the contestants’ solutions, the persuasiveness of their arguments, the level and quality of the materials they presented, as well as their creativity and willingness to take a non-standard, original approach to the solution.
"For the third year in a row our company played a role in the Logistics Open Tournament. Participating as experts in such an event is not only pleasant but also useful from a professional point of view, as AsstrA puts great emphasis on building a network of young, energetic, and ambitious students at the logistics faculties of leading universities. Here we see the cream of the crop of future logistics talents," said Yulia Vesnovskaya, an HR-manager for the AsstrA group of companies, as she described her impressions of the event.
The Logistics Open Tournament serves as a platform uniting representatives of leading Moscow universities and the largest companies in various services sectors. Leading firms like Macmillan, AirBridgeCargo, GEFCO, NESTLE, Russian Railways Logistics, ROSTRANSMODERNIZATSIA, AMTEK have all shown interest in the event. The tournament gives all participants a unique chance to prove themselves and establish relations with potential employers. The winners of the tournament were students from the Russian University of Transport (MIIT). Their victory spoke to the high level of training this institution provides.
"Several of our most successful employees are engineering graduates," says Yulia Vesnovskaya. "When selecting staff, we take into account the quality of university from where they graduated. Despite the internal corporate trainings we provide, the basic knowledge that a new employee brings in is important.”