Asia joins with Rotterdam for customs professionals master programme

Customs professionals in Asia are invited to the Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) through a joint collaboration with Shanghai Customs College (SCC). Some modules of the joint master programme will be offered in Shanghai, while others will be delivered in Rotterdam.

Shanghai Customs College already acts as the regional training centre for the World Customs Organisation (WCO). “This executive master programme offers a unique extension of our activities for customs and trade professionals in Asia who want to become customs leaders,” says Prof. Cong Yuhao, president of SCC.

The current cohort of the master programme already includes two representatives of Shanghai Customs College. Zhou Xin is lecturer at Shanghai Customs College. “This programme covers the topics of various fields, and offers me a comprehensive view on customs regulations and IT-based supply chain compliance. The discussions with the professionals from customs and trade are inspiring. Participants share ideas and information with each other. It promotes better mutual understanding between customs and business and will lead to more effective co-operation in the future,” she says.

Fan Xiaojing, lecturer in customs law at Shanghai Customs College, adds: “I’m lucky to be involved in this programme, which focuses on the latest developments of supply chain management from the perspective of customs and trade. It always inspires me to think deeply how China’s border management is changing and what the differences are between China and Europe in terms of politics, the economy and culture.”

International trade

In the part-time master programme, professionals learn how to combine safety, security and sustainability in international trade with compliance and efficiency.

The collaboration between RSM and SCC allows customs officers and trade professionals in Europe and Asia to further develop their knowledge and skills in customs and trade compliance. The track for China and Asia is offered as part of RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme. Upon completion of this ‘RSM SCC Asian Track’, graduates receive the MSc degree from RSM.

“The Netherlands and China share a passion for international trade, and the growth of e-commerce illustrates the importance of bringing together customs procedures and global supply chains,” said Prof. Steef van de Velde, Dean of RSM.

Global case development and research

RSM researches global supply chain management extensively, and is well-connected to the Port of Rotterdam, a large international centre of trade and distribution. RSM and SCC will also explore opportunities for joint research and case development around the topics of global supply chain, international trade and harbours.

The first modules of the three-year master programme in Shanghai is expected to start in October, 2019.

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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.

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) for 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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