First graduates obtain business degree from International Trade Center (ITC) in Ghana

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New one-year course puts graduates on the path to success in international business, covering everything from marketing to distribution

The first class of students graduated from ITC in International Business, marking a major milestone in efforts to close a critical education gap.

The graduation ceremony took place on July 6, 2022 in Accra at Africa House, the headquarters of the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. The place emphasized how their studies will promote the integration of the region.

The online course is designed to bridge an educational gap around international trade, with in-person support from the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA).

Together with ITC and the UK’s Institute of Export&International Trade (IoE&IT), the three organizations worked together for three years to deliver the program.

“This is an important moment for ITC as it represents the first step in a vision to close the education gap in international trade,” said Shaun Lake, Senior Advisor in e-learning at ITC.

Among the cohort of motivated students, nine received diplomas for successfully completing the full one-year programme, and another 10 received partial certificates for completing individual modules.

At the event, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Commerce, Herbert Krapa urged the new graduates to use their knowledge to take advantage of growing business opportunities across Africa.

Afua Asabea Asare, CEO of GEPA, hailed the fruitful collaboration in delivering high quality, multi-faceted training that prepared graduates to work in international trade.

She said that “graduates will be able to transform Ghana’s natural resources and raw materials into manufactured economic wealth. I want to believe I’m looking at the next generation of entrepreneurial minds.

Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Strategic Projects and International Development at IoE&IT, congratulated the graduates for their excellent performance. As a tutor for all participants, he also commented on the excellent results of some of the top participants.

The Diploma in International Business program is already on track to have more graduates in Ghana, with a second cohort of students approaching their own graduation date, and enrollment is now open for a third cohort.

The Diploma in International Business was developed in 2020 to meet the training needs of professionals and small businesses in developing countries.

The program consists of four modules:

• The business environment

• International Trade Financing

• International marketing

• International physical distribution

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the International Trade Centre.

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