Online Course | Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Industry 4.0

In this Online Course, you study various supply chain concepts and need to overcome current challenges in a business simulation game. By making practical choices for your company and reflecting on them on a theoretical level, you learn and experience first-hand how effective and sustainable supply chain management works.

You consider sustainability and climate risk management and learn about Industry 4.0 in a real production environment. Understand the technologies‘ impact on the supply chain and integrate a responsible and modern way of thinking.

Study format:
Short Course | Online Course
3 weeks: July 04 - 22, 2022
Credit Points:
2 ECTS (about 60 hours)
Course fees:
1,194 €
RWTH Aachen University Certificate

Master the circular economy in a business simulation game

The course is highly interactive and contains a lot of intensive and fun teamwork.

  • Online exercises & use cases
  • Work 4.0: profiles and roles
  • Game-based approach
  • Circular business model design
  • Application workshop with AI and Big Data
  • Intercultural exchange & social events

Benefit from excellent teaching of RWTH Aachen University

Our Online Courses are uniquely designed for international students who want to gain insights into current research topics at RWTH Aachen – a top-ranked university and one of Europe’s leading science and research institutions. You benefit from high-value academic content, excellent lecturers and a strong network of industry partners.

Program Outline | Online Course 2022

The aim of this course is for you to consider a wide range of effects and consequences you deal with in real-life supply chain management and production. The program provides daily live sessions via zoom for group exercises, practical use cases and the business simulation game. Theoretical input helps you to make the right choices in our practical units.

State-of-the-art solutions in smart logistics include connected devices in the supply chain. This is why we familiarize you with machine connectivity and intelligent asset tracking tools. As a result, you grasp the future-oriented topic of Industry 4.0, bear sustainability in mind and make climate-sensitive decisions.

Presentation of a certificate of the RWTH International Academy

Your Lecturers | Online Course 2022

This program is conducted by the ITA Academy from the Institute of Textile Technology. In their model factory for digitalisation in production, they demonstrate supply chain management and Industry 4.0 technologies. Additionally, a lecturer, author and co-developer of business simulation games provides his insights into supply chain management and circular economy. This way, the professional lecturers establish the connection between theory and real-life challenges and solutions.

The contents of the program may change. RWTH International Academy reserves the right to make changes to the organization, the staffing or the running of a program that have no major effect on the overall character of the program.

What's included? Enjoy a full online experience from home

Our Online Courses are highly interactive and will contain a lot of intensive teamwork. As a participant you develop practical ideas together with renowned professors, get to know future workplaces in Germany and expand your skills with hands-on case studies.

The program fees contain:

  • Excellent teaching from RWTH Aachen
  • Networking with professors
  • Group work & self study
  • Virtual social events
  • Sports: stretching exercises / evening yoga
  • Digital sightseeing tour
  • Benefitting from intercultural exchange
  • Getting to know the German way of life
  • RWTH Certificate
RWTH Online Courses student

Supporting Program & Intercultural Experience

We've come up with creative ways to include social events - not only in our on-campus Summer Schools, but also in the Online Courses. Therefore, you connect with the other participants, get to know the program managers with whom you can talk about the student life in Aachen, learn about the beautiful city and exchange cultural views and fun facts.

Are you interested in this Online Course 2022?

Level up your skills and upgrade your CV in one of our programs this summer. Make the most out of your freetime and earn an RWTH certificate for your outstanding effort. Besides, as a participant you create unforgettable memories – even at home.

Check out the requirements

Every year we welcome students from all over the world. You can become part of our international student community if you:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • pursue your higher education
    - 1st/2nd year of studies completed
    - degree related to our program
  • are proficient in the English language

No previous knowledge is needed for this course. The content is taught starting from the basics.

Although the entire program was carried out online, I really enjoyed all the lectures and the social events. It was my first time participating in such an international program and I think this experience broadened my perspective. I had a great time talking with the mentors and I got to know many things about Germany. I would like to visit Aachen some day.

Taiki Yamashita, Japan | Online Course 2021

Detailed Topics of this Course

The following topics will be included:

Exploring supply chain management - demands and efficiency

Mastering a circular business model

Industry 4.0 in production and supply chain management

Digitalization of supply chains

Your live sessions

From Monday to Friday, you meet with our team and your lecturers through Zoom. These sessions are for teaching, group work, expert talks and social events and take place from 1pm to 3pm German time (UTC+1). Please use a tool like this to calculate the exact time in your part of the world.

In our virtual learning environment, there are also pre-recorded lectures, reading assignments and other tasks to complete whenever it suits you. Together with the live sessions, you'll have around 17-20 hours of workload in each week.

Further Information

If you want to learn more about all relevant processes and check our scholarship opportunities, make sure to read through our formalities page. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to get in touch with us or check the FAQs.

Any further questions? We are always happy to help you!

The Short Term Programs Team of RWTH International Academy is looking forward to welcoming you to Aachen or in our Online Courses! Should you have any questions about the programs, please get in touch:

Phone: +49 241 80 27804

These programs could also be interesting for you

RWTH Summer School - Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Supply Chain Management & Logistics

The program is divided into two weeks of teaching. In week one, students explore and master the fundamentals of supply chain management by conducting a case study.

In week two, students learn about the potentials regarding the digitalization of the supply chain by theoretical and game-based lectures.

RWTH Summer School - Producation Technology meets Industry 4.0

Production Technology meets Industry 4.0

The Summer School provides students with an overview of RWTH Aachen’s research concerning Industry 4.0. Headed by the Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production” of RWTH, currently important research topics are discussed: automation and information technology, materials science, production technology, smart decision support.

Short Courses Overview

Program Package

Discover Aachen

RWTH Aachen University