Master programme connects European and Chinese customs professionals

Through a new co-operation agreement, Shanghai Customs College (SCC) and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), two staff members from SCC will join the part-time MSc in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme at RSM in September. The schools also intends to offer two joint customs and supply chain compliance programmes for the European and Asian market – a 10-day diploma programme and a part-time master programme. Modules will be taught in Shanghai and in Rotterdam.

Representatives from Shanghai Customs College and RSM signed a letter of intent and established a co-operative relationship in the area of customs and trade compliance at a signing ceremony at SCC in Shanghai on 6 June 2017.

European and Chinese customs and trade compliance officials will work alongside representatives of trade through the co-operation when they join RSM’s part-time MSc in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance in September 2017. The programme will be taught by faculty members from RSM and guest lecturers from SCC. Participants can follow modules in Rotterdam and in Shanghai. A limited number of qualified senior customs and trade compliance professionals and lecturers can study all or parts of the programme.

Customs and trade in East and West

The executive programme in Rotterdam was developed upon request of the Dutch Customs Administration and builds on the EU Competence Framework for Customs, says the programme’s Executive Director Klaas Wassens. “The co-operation with Shanghai Customs College underlines the uniqueness and international character of the programme, and draws in customs and trade compliance professionals both in East and West,” he said.

SCC will support two representatives to join the Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance in Rotterdam. This part-time programme combines safety, security, innovation and sustainability with compliance and efficiency in international trade. The part-time master programme is recognised by Chinese customs as the benchmark for well-educated customs and trade compliance professionals.

Competitive Customs College

“Social and economic development require us to develop high-quality talents in customs and trade,” says SCC’s President Cong Yuhao, adding that Shanghai Customs College aims to build the most influential and competitive customs college in the world. “So we very much appreciate our co-operation with RSM. Together, we can educate professionals in Europe and in Asia, and we can contribute to the development of trade between China and Europe. I am pleased that two of our staff members will participate in RSM’s master programme and acquire new knowledge.”

RSM and SCC will offer programmes in China for the Asian market and SCC will support students to join RSM’s programmes in Rotterdam. In addition, several qualified SCC graduates can apply for RSM’s full-time, one-year MSc in Supply Chain Management. Undergraduate students can also take courses from the BSc in International Business Administration.

Shanghai Customs College (SCC) is China’s premier educational institution for the development of talent in the area of customs and trade compliance. The school attracts leaders from provincial and municipal government and provides research and education to 2,000 bachelor and master students. SCC is the regional training centre in the Asia-Pacific region for the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and attracts participants from more than 110 countries and regions. SCC is well connected to the Customs Administration of the Netherlands; a relationship established over 20 years ago.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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