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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bridging a gap

PERDANA University has launched the Master’s programme in International Trade that will shape the study of international trade in the region.

The programme was launched by Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong at the ministry.

Lee said that the programme offered courses to enhance technical and negotiating skills, educate future generations of trade negotiators, provide quality training in international trade issues, and equip students with a sound knowledge of World Trade Oganisation (WTO) rules.

“I am pleased that with this collaboration, experts in trade negotiations and technical matters from the ministry will serve as guest lecturers,” said Lee.

The programme is offered in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Zurich University of Applied Sciences School of Management and Law (ZHAW), with the support of the ministry.

The programme is suitable for those who are expected to be knowledgeable or who participate in commercial diplomacy and trade negotiations.

It is valuable for representatives of private sector or civil society organisations focussing on international trade.

“The programme is designed to support nation building and it is our initiative of giving back to the community,” said Perdana University vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Sothi Rachagan, who is also Chair of the UNCTAD Intergovernmental Working Committee on Financial Services.

Also present at the ceremony were UNCTAD head (Competition and Consumer Policies Branch) Dr Hassan Qaqaya; MIT legal advisor Norzita Abu Samah; University of St. Gallen Switzerland professor of International Trade and Economic Development and academic director Prof Dr Simon John Evenett; the ministry’s senior director Khoo Boo Seng; and High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia Vanu Gopala Menon.

Prof Evenett is the module leader for the International Trade Economics module which is the first module to be taught.

He also delivered a keynote address entitled “The WTO at Twenty: Trouble in Paradise”, which was was followed by a preview of the programme presented by Prof Sothi and Dr Hassan.

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