The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has renewed the accreditation of the Executive MSc in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

The two-and-a-half year programme, which adheres to the EU Customs Competence Framework, has been re-accredited by NVAO for another five years. The NVAO accreditation acknowledges the quality of the part-time master programme, which consists of 11 modules and an online learning platform.

“This programme allows professionals in customs and trade to better co-operate and improve their knowledge, and it helps to secure the top position of Dutch logistics,” says Frank Heijmann, head of trade relations, Customs Administration of the Netherlands. 

Cross-border supply chains

The English-taught Executive MSc in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme aims to benefit professionals working in cross-border supply chains, government agencies, and people working in policy-making, legal advisory, and auditing roles at customs authorities of EU member states. Participants also include consultants, accountants, traders, exporters and terminal operators in services and logistics businesses.

“The growing importance of e-commerce and the pressure on speed and efficiency in global logistics, require supply chain and customs professionals to collaborate and seamlessly connect flows of goods and data,” says Prof. Rob Zuidwijk, endowed professor of ports in global networks and academic director of the executive master. “Our programme provides essential knowledge to those professionals who want to meet these challenges and want to be on the forefront of global logistics and trade facilitation.”

International trade and customs professionals

The programme launched in 2015, and the first cohort graduated in September 2017. Customs and trade professionals from all over the world participate in the programme. The current class represents 12 nationalities: American, Belgian, Brazilian, Chinese, Dutch, French, Irish, Mexican, Polish, Portuguese, Singaporean and Turkish.

“The programme brings strategic value to customs and foreign trade management by driving compliance efficiency, confronting new challenges and accelerating growth in cross-border trade,” says participant Sasank Mohanty, global customs and foreign trade manager at Sandoz, a Novartis company.

RSM also offers a shorter Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance, starting in late 2018 with nine days of study spread over nine months.

The next run of the Executive MSc in Customs and Supply Chain Management will kick off in September 2019.

More information

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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