30 August-7 September 2018, Saint Petersburg, Russia
At the invitation from the North-West Institute of Management of Russian Presidential Academy (RANEPA Branch), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended an Academic Seminar on Customs Modernization, which was held on 30 August-7 September 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The purpose of the seminar was to create and develop young specialists’ professional competencies who are ready to master and apply the best practices of customs administrations in their future professional activity. Around 40 professors and students from faculty of Customs Management and Security of RANEPA, the Azerbaijan State Economic University, the Armenia Customs Academy and the Shanghai Customs College attended the seminar.
During his mission, Dr. Tong gave several lectures on the WCO Secretariat and regional entities’ missions, strategy, working bodies and functions. He emphasized the particular importance for future customs officers to be aware of the instruments and tools developed by the WCO. Dr. Tong also attended a roundtable discussion with the faculty staff and internationals students. He shared his views on how to implement the WCO PICARD standards closer with the course syllabus, and further pointed out the way of making full use of the WCO E-Learning platform and research series papers to cultivate future customs leaders.
On 1 September 2018, Dr. Tong was invited to join a special ceremony of initiating students of the North-West Institute of Management. He witnessed the sound gun salute performance, and celebrate the opening of new semester together with the Rector of RANEPA, 1st Class Actual State Councilor of Russian Federation，Professor Vladimir Shamakhov.
The North-West Institute of Management provides one of the best programs on Customs education in Russia, and the Institute was recognized by the WCO as satisfying the professional PICARD standards. The Faculty of Customs Management and Security offers courses to more than 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate students and customs offiers. Their delegation visited the ROCB A/P and Thai Customs Academy in April 2018.
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