Commencement Ceremony 2011


More than 400 students from 45 countries Receive Master’s Degrees from ZLC in Zaragoza

  • Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) graduates the 10th Master’s of Logistics class and the 7th MIT Zaragoza Master’s Degree class.
  • From 25 different countries, the 31 MIT Zaragoza Master in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (ZLOG) students received their diplomas today along with the 24 students of the tenth Master’s in Logistics (MdL) class.

ZARAGOZA.- 31 May 2011.- More than 400 students from a total of 45 countries have passed through the halls of Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) where the 7th graduating class received degrees today from the MIT Zaragoza Master’s program which was established in collaboration with the prestigious MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Also graduating today were the students of the 10th Master’s in Logistics class – the other master’s program that is taught at ZLC.

The Regional Minister of Science, Technology and University and President of the Zaragoza Logistics Center Foundation Board of Trustees, Javier Velasco, and the Dean of University of Zaragoza Research, José Ramón Beltrán, participated in the graduation ceremony for the two logistics master’s programs that the Zaragoza Logistics Center offers in the Aragonese capital.

The MIT-Zaragoza Master’s (also known as ZLOG) is a nine-month full-time program fully taught in English by international professors. Located in the heart of PLAZA, the Zaragoza Logistics Center university institute offers the master’s which features a three-week stay at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics as part of the curriculum. Upon graduating, students receive a diploma from the University of Zaragoza and an MIT CTL certificate.

31 Students from 25 Different Countries

This markedly international master’s program graduated its seventh class with 31 students from 25 different countries, 22% women. Only 3 of these students are Spanish, including a woman from Aragon. Forty-seven percent already hold a post-graduate degree (most commonly MBAs).

The ZLOG program is an opportunity for candidates who are seeking a career in international logistics and supply chain management. To date, 18 Spanish students (around 12% of the total) have graduated and are currently working for Accenture, Heineken, Hewlett-Packard, JDA, Oxfam and Roche, among others, in countries like Spain, the United States, Holland, Switzerland and South Africa. Eight of these students are from the Aragon region.

Senior Vice President and Head of Global Supply Chain for BASF, Robert Blackburn, gave the traditional commencement speech at the University of Zaragoza Paranymph hall.

Best Master’s Degree Final Project Award

The award for the Best Master’s Degree Final Project was bestowed during the ceremony upon Pedro Campos, from Brazil, and Álvaro Galve, from Spain, for their paper Direct-to-Pharmacy Distribution in Spain: An Operational and Politico-Economic Analysis. Under the direction of Dr. Prashant Yadav, MIT Zaragoza Program Professor, this project aims to design an operational strategy to create a more direct and efficient distribution model for Spanish pharmacies. The study suggests the use of non-market strategies that allow for changes in current regulations and acceptance of this distribution model by all parties involved. Registration for the next ZLOG academic year, which begins mid-August, is still open for Spanish students. Moreover, ZLC offers various specific grants for students from Spain and Aragon covering all or part of the fees which currently total €21,500.

About Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC): Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) is a research institute created by the Government of Aragon in collaboration with the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Center for Transport and Logistics and the University of Zaragoza. ZLC is directly linked to the development of PLAZA, the largest logistics platform in Europe, which is used as a large-scale laboratory to develop new concepts and technologies. It was founded at the end of 2003 with a mission to establish an international center of excellence in Zaragoza to train future global leaders in logistics and supply chain management and conduct state-of-the-art research.

ZLC offers postgraduate higher education (master’s and doctorate programs) and executive training in Spanish and English, research activities and collaboration projects with the industry. For more information:

About MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics: The MIT CTL has been a world leader in supply chain management education and research for more than three decades. In combining its cutting edge research with industry relations, the business program converts innovative research into commercial applications that are highly competitive in the marketplace. As far as education, MIT is consistently ranked the best in logistics and supply chain management business programs. For more information, visit

About the MIT Zaragoza International Logistics Program (MIT Zaragoza Program): The MIT-Zaragoza Program is the product of a unique research and education agreement between ZLC and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Its education programs are based on the prestigious MIT curriculum and include a master’s program, doctorate program and executive training courses, all with an international focus.

Research is conducted through interaction between a renowned international teaching staff and associated companies that use PLAZA as a laboratory to create new processes, concepts and technologies in the field of logistics. The objective is to foster joint development of ideas and knowledge transfer among companies through various dissemination activities and international forums.

For more information:

Cristina Tabuenca, Marketing Manager

Zaragoza Logistics Center
Edificio Nayade – Portal 5
Calle Bari 55 – PLAZA
50197 Zaragoza (SPAIN)
Tel: +34 976 077 611
Fax: +34 976 077 601

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