Beginning January 30 the Cross-Border Institute (CBI) at the University of Windsor will offer a new program in international trade, border management, cross-border logistics and security that can lead program graduates to the professional designation of Certified International Trade Professional (CITP).
The Border Management and International Trade Certificate program, offered in partnership with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), is an eight-course program that will be offered by the CBI on a continuous four-week cycle, one at a time, Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to accommodate working professionals and students currently studying in complementary disciplines.
“With its location at the busiest border crossing in North America, the University of Windsor is uniquely suited to offer a program of this type,” says Bill Anderson, Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy and Director of the Cross-Border Transportation Centre.
“This is a program that bridges the traditional disciplines and will address emerging trends in international trade while taking into consideration the needs and focus of stakeholders from such areas as government, industry and academia.”
Dr. Anderson says the program has broad application for anyone interested in understanding and navigating the challenges around borders and border management and is suitable for mid-career professionals, anyone considering a career in an international border related field, or for individuals studying for personal interest.
Courses, which can be taken as stand-alone classes, or as part of the certification program, include offerings in such areas as supply chain management; international marketing and the regulatory environment; trade law, policy and the international political environment, and a number of other areas that Anderson says will appeal to students with a broad range of interests.
“Cross-border issues have far-reaching impact and implications for everyone from the manufacturing executive to the casual border user,” Anderson says. “We are proud to be the first university in the world to offer a program of this type and think that the University of Windsor’s geographic setting and the perspective we bring to border issues is an ideal fit.”