Learning Network for Trade Logistics Development: Finland – South-East Asia (LNTLD)


University of Turku

Contact details

Sini Laari, Project Researcher, sini.laari(at)utu.fi
Dr. Lauri Ojala, Professor, lauri.ojala(at)utu.fi


€65 800

€67 200


6/2014 - 12/2015

6/2012 - 8/2014

Academic field

Trade and Transport Facilitation

Funding since



Thammasat Business School, Bangkok, Thailand
Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), Selangor, Malaysia

Brief Description:

The LNTLD project has received North-South-South funding for academic years 2012-2014 and 2014-2015. Trade and Transport Facilitation (TTF) are part of the broader Aid for Trade agenda, and increasingly recognized as essential contributors to competitiveness and export-led growth of nations.

The aims of the LNTLD project for years 2014-2015 are to build capacity and know-how for the development and good governance of sustainable trade logistics in developing countries through TTF initiatives.

This project addresses the following development needs: 1) The ability of university graduates from both Finland and South-East Asia to design, implement, and evaluate TTF initiatives, taking into consideration both performance and social, environmental and financial sustainability, as they work in government, for multilateral agencies, or at other stakeholders. 2) Capacity and know-how of the Finnish and South-East faculty of the participating universities to conduct high-impact TTF dissemination to support policy-making in South-East Asian and other developing countries.

Key activities include:

  • teacher exchange
  • graduate student exchange (from FIN to SEA and from SEA to FIN)
  • postgraduate student exchange (from SEA to FIN)
  • intensive course

Funded Activities 2014-2015 2012-2014
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 5 6
Number of Student Exchanges: 8 8
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 1 1
Number of Intensive Courses: 1 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

University of Turku and the partner universities will organise a one-week intensive course in South-East Asia (Malaysia) in academic year 2014-2015, bringing together students from each of the partner institutions.The course will include a pre-selection of students from the basic module course, by the means of a literature based exam. Similar selection procedure will take place in the South-East Asian universities.

The selected students (about 10 from Finland and 6 from each partner university, 25 in total) will be given an opportunity to participate in the extended part, and will gain insight on TTF issues in South-East Asia, as well as in other developing and developed countries of the world, through intensive lectures on TTF background and methods, as well as through visits to infrastructure related sites (e.g. ports, border-crossing points), government ministries, and local offices of multilateral agencies, as well as factories of multinational companies.

Each partner institution will contribute to the content by giving an overview of the logistics profile of the country, with special emphasis on TTF issues. Theoretical background will be covered by TSE and Thammasat Business School, MITRANS and FTU. The university hosting the course together with the applicant will be in charge of the arrangements for visits, such as Port Klang, one of the largest container ports in the world, and Malaysian Ministries dealing with TTF issues.

The students from MY/VN/TH/FIN actually participating in the intensive part of the course in Malaysia will act as the national team leaders. This means that in each country a group of ten students (total 40+) will complete the course without participating the intensive days in Malaysia.

Brief Description of Dissemination Measures:

This network comprises some of the best academic knowhow in this field in the respective countries and partly also globally. All of the network partners are also well linked to their national stakeholders both in business and government. Thus, the network partners are uniquely positioned to disseminate relevant knowledge and expertise in TTF both nationally, regionally, and also globally.

a) Providing triple helix stakeholders with relevant information
- Government: Policy support and analyses on TTF issues including e.g. the level of logistics costs, key performance indicators, and development needs.
- Business: Market intelligence on national, regional and international TTF issues.
- Academia: Joint research, joint TTF courses, and input to other types of teaching.

b) Outreach events with the above stakeholders
- Short seminars or info sessions to triple helix stakeholders as part of network meetings and other joint activities.