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Graduate Course Focuses on Imports and Exports

It’s a natural fit: International trade and the School of Business. Now, UB is ramping up the value of that partnership by introducing a special topics graduate business course this fall that will appeal to international business, general business and entrepreneurship students -- or anyone considering a future with an organization engaged in international trade. The Import and Export Management course (MGMT 797: Special Topic) also will be invaluable to those students who are contemplating the launch or expansion of a business through traditional trade networks, or who have aspirations to establish an internet-based business.

According to Christine Nielsen, professor of international business and strategy and lead instructor of the course, the purpose of the course is to prepare students for careers in international trade.

“The course has been developed in partnership between the University of Baltimore and Samuel Shapiro & Company, Inc., a global leader in international trade services,” Nielsen said. “We will cover the entire trade cycle, including strategic issues, financing, logistics and the ABCs of importing and exporting. A case study will be developed in cooperation with a firm active in international trade.”

In other words, this is real-world stuff. Yes, there will be textbooks, but students will gain plenty of practical knowledge – the start of a skillset that may serve them well for decades to come. After all, international borders, trade policies and the rise of the Web are all contributing to the rise of the true global marketplace. None of that is going away in the foreseeable future.

A team of trade specialists and academics with proficiencies in international business and entrepreneurship helped design this innovative course. Regional international trade leaders have been integral in the development of the content for the course as well as adding their unique insights.

By the end of the semester, students will understand many practical aspects of international trade through presentations by importers and exporters. They will recognize the major challenges of the industry, and the keys to their success. In addition to these presentations, other benefits offered to students will include a series of short cases that focus on relevant issues and reinforce the technical information and knowledge imparted through class meetings and course assignments.

To find out more about the course, contact lead course instructor Christine Nielsen, professor of international business and strategy at cnielsen@ubalt.edu.

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