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Experts convene in support of the Master of Global Trade

Published 08 October 2020

Advancing the focus of the Master of Global Trade being developed by employers, for employers, a foundational meeting was held between the program’s Employer Partner Advisory Committee (EPAC) and the Scholar Advisory Committee (SAC).

Hosted by VF Corp at its Ho Chi Minh City office on 24 September 2020, the 20 representatives joined in person and virtually from six Asian cities to review progress made in the first half of the Master of Global Trade program and to identify opportunities for continued program enhancement.

The meeting included senior leaders from VF Corp, Samsung, Avery Dennison, Asia Trade Centre, House of Habib, Innolux Footwear, VinGroup, HSBC and Virbac, together with Hinrich Foundation and RMIT University.

EPAC & SAC Meeting To Enhance Master Of Global Trade
Screenshot Of EPAC & SAC Meeting For The Master Of Global Trade Review
The advisory committee members reviewed each of the courses of the Graduate Certificate of Global Trade stage of the Master of Global Trade for relevance, quality of instruction and applicability to the student’s work and companies’ businesses. This unique governance structure supplements the academic oversight of RMIT University.

The gathering of trade practitioners reviewed feedback and experience of both the scholars and employers, allowing all parties to work together to ensure the program continues to meet the needs of all stakeholders. High level feedback included:

  • Recognition of the critical value that the extensive trade experience of all lecturers and guest speakers brings to the class.
  • Recommendations on steps to fine-tune the hybrid delivery of the course to enhance learning in-class and remotely for the students – all of whom are working full-time while studying.
  • Commitment to invite more companies to join the Master of Global Trade program to help develop leadership talent across global trade value chains.

The suggestions from both Employer Partners and Scholars for the next stages of the program showcased a commitment to continually enhance the Master of Global Trade:

The first four courses were fantastic. We especially appreciated Dr Burkhard’s instruction in Global Market Entry and Dr Eckart’s work in International Logistics because their practical experience allows them to successfully covey messages and expectations of the courses.
Hoang Phan - Manager of Asia Aquaculture Development & Technical Support at Virbac
Intensive class online is a good practice and we just need to have additional breaks during the four days to avoid exhaustion of the participants. All group work and classwork should occur during the 4 days intensive along with additional instruction.
Deborah Elms - Executive Director of Asian Trade Centre
As a trade practitioner, I appreciate the practical knowledge and experiences of the lecturers. The speaker brought us many real key frameworks in actual business context that is easy to understand and apply.
Michael Bones - Deputy CEO of Innolux

Present at the meeting was RMIT’s Senior Program Manager of the Master of Global Trade, Dr Steven Clarke, who reconfirmed the university’s commitment to ensuring that feedback is taken into direct account for the program’s continued development. RMIT’s commitment to industry engagement and practicality of the program is unparalleled in trade education, resulting in the unique power and impact of the Master of Global Trade.

Outcomes of the meeting re-confirmed that the unique success of the program is reliant on the continued engagement and feedback from both Employer Partners and Scholars, all of whom are working professionals and Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholars.

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