From the 24th to the 28th of September 10 students of the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg and 15 students of the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt were sent to a seminar and a cultural exchange to Thaliand and Laos where they encountered with 30 students of the University of Naresuan, Thailand. The group was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Dirk Sackmann, Prof. Dr. Andreas Jattke and Ms. Larissa Lößer. The fourth flying seminar was part of the lecture for ‚International Logistics‘ by Prof. Dr. Sackmann (offered during summer semester 2018).

The journey started off with the introduction of the ‘Laos-China Railway Project‘ and visits of local temples in Luang Prabang, Laos as well as the attendance of an offering ceremony held by traditional monks. Followed by travelling to Phitsanulok, Thailand for the scheduled conference on the 26th of September.


Topics of the conference were Canabis Supply Chain Management, Economic Corridors and further logistic related matters involving, among other things, the Jackfruit transportation system. All participating students wrote term papers in advance and presented their results to the other attendees as part of their seminar.

Following the seminar was a ‚Memorandum of Understanding‘ signing ceremony where the Naresuan University and the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg solemnly agreed on future cooperations.


In addition to the seminar in Phitsanulok the students visited the campus and the logistics faculty as well as participated in a guided banana- factory tour where bananas are dryed and distributed by solar energy.

After the conference the students travelled to Ayutthaya, Thailand where they visited a floating market and a huge historical temple before returning back home.