TradeMalta’s SME Export and Internationalisation training course accredited by the University of Malta

A 10-week training course which TradeMalta promotes with early-stage exporters is being accredited as a Unit within the University of Malta’s Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS).  The course is designed for those SMEs interested in exporting and internationalising their products or services. Starting in January 2017, the programme consists of eight workshop sessions, delivered by academics and industry professionals, and two panel discussions during which experienced exporters share their thoughts with participants.
Following a process of quality assurance, the University accredited the course which is now worth four ECTS credits that are valid towards any Certificate, Diploma, Higher diploma and Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies.  This accreditation provides course participants with access to the University’s online resources and use of other facilities.  The SME Internationalisation and Export Management course covers issues such as export readiness, financing and risk, international marketing strategies, relationship management, financial forecasting, market intelligence, industry analysis and using social media for export.  Malta University Consulting Ltd collaborates with TradeMalta in delivering this course.
The training course is part of TradeMalta’s Go Global programme, aimed at early-stage exporters.  Apart from the training course, the Go Global programme provides SMEs with a free diagnosis of export readiness as well as financial assistance for executing their export plans.  The overall programme is supported by HSBC Commercial banking.
The collaboration between the University of Malta and TradeMalta was formalised in an agreement signed on 15 November,2016.  The Rector, Professor Alfred J. Vella, and the Director of the Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr Jean-Paul De Lucca, signed on behalf of the University of Malta, while Mr David G. Curmi, Chairman, and Mr Anton Buttigieg, CEO, signed on behalf of TradeMalta.
At the signing Mr Curmi said “The Go Global training programme has been refreshed and lecturers having both academic and industry experience were recruited.  New training content and practical sessions with established exporters have also been introduced.  The University accreditation is an important milestone as it provides us with a quality seal from a very respectable institution”.
The Rector said “The University of Malta and TradeMalta share common aims in the context of the growing importance of lifelong learning and I am glad that through the Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences we can engage together in this meaningful outreach initiative aim at an important sector of our economy.”
TradeMalta is a public private partnership between the Government of Malta and the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry set up to offer support to Malta-based companies in their quest to succeed in international markets.
The University of Malta’s Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS) is designed to offer a flexible opportunity for continuing tertiary education in a broad range of subjects.  Its aims include the fostering of interdisciplinary collaboration within the University and through its engagement with specialists outside academia.  More information here.