1. What is the Master of International Trade?

The Master of International Trade (MIT) is a postgraduate programme offered by Perdana University that is designed for professionals and those interested in this field who wish to deepen their knowledge of international trade negotiations and commercial diplomacy. The curriculum is designed to guide and mentor students to understand the rules of international trade and to maximize leverage and influence outcomes when dealing with international negotiation and trading exercises.

2. Why did Perdana University decide to run this programme?

Perdana University (Perdana) runs world-recognised Medical and Allied Health Programmes, and we have made our mark in the medical industry on this front. However, as a Public and Private Partnership (PPP) initiative, Perdana works very closely with the Malaysian Government to look into critical areas where training is needed to help the Nation move forward.

3. Who are our partners?

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) are collaborating with Perdana University to offer the MIT programme.

4. Conferment of award

The award and certificate of attendance will be conferred by Perdana University in collaboration with Zurich University of Applied Sciences School of Management and Law and UNCTAD.

5. What are the aims of the programme?

  • Provide first class training in international trade issues, a sound knowledge of WTO rules and negotiation processes.
  • Educate future generations of trade negotiators, business and civil society leaders in Malaysia and from the region.
  • Upgrade skills of Government officials at the various Ministries and government departments handling international trade related matters.
  • Remedy the limited technical and negotiating capacity of developing countries to understand and participate effectively in trade negotiations of the Doha Development Agenda and the WTO as well as in on-going regional and bilateral FTA negotiations.

6. How will this programme be delivered?

  • A combination of theory with real-world applications of International Trade and commercial diplomacy.
  • Taught and facilitated by world-renowned and experienced trade negotiators and academicians from across the globe.
  • Flexible learning schedules for working professionals.
  • Optional study tour – visit to trade related institutions in Geneva such as the WTO, UNCTAD, WIPO and ILO.

7. How is the programme structured?

The MIT programme consists of 12 modules (8 core and 4 electives) which are arranged to maximize the amount of theoretical and practical knowledge in law, economics, and topics on various areas of trade negotiations, including intellectual property, trade in services, competition law and policy, investment, government procurement, tariff peaks and other residual protection. It can be completed in a minimum of 15 months. The programme culminates with a compulsory module on ‘Simulation of Trade Negotiation’ involving a case study of a trade dispute between countries. The modules will be entirely taught and facilitated by world-renowned and experienced trade negotiators and academicians from across the globe.

The following modules will be offered in 2015:

No Module Guided Learning
1 Alternative Dispute Resolution (E) 7 – 11 Sept 2015
2 Tariff Peaks and Other Residual Protection (E) 14 – 19 Sept 2015
3 The WTO Institutions, Negotiations and Compliance (C) 21 – 26 Sept 2015
4 Research Methodology (C) 28 Sept – 2 Oct 2015
5 Negotiations on Intellectual Property Rights (E) 4 – 8 Jan 2016
6 International Trade Law (C) 11 – 15 Jan 2016
7 Industrial Organisation (C) 18 – 22 Jan 2016
8 Value Negotiations (C) 25 – 29 Jan 2016
9 International Trade Economics (C) 3 – 7 May 2016
10 Competition Law & Policy (C) 9 – 13 May 2016
11 The WTO Agreement on Anti-dumping (E) 16 – 20 May 2016
12 Case Study on Simulation of Trade Negotiation (C) 23 – 27 May 2016

C) Compulsory    (E) Elective

8. Who does the programme cater to?

This programme is suitable for those who are expected to be knowledgeable and/or participate in commercial diplomacy and trade negotiations.

It is valuable for parliamentarians and representatives of private sector or civil society organisations focussing on international trade. Journalists and researchers who seek to understand negotiating processes and explain these to the public will also benefit from this programme. Fresh graduates seeking a career in a related field will gain a comparative advantage by obtaining the MIT award.

The programme is designed to enable those in employment to complete the programme over an extended period of up to 4 years. Each module only requires attendance for five days of face-to-face lectures.

9. What is the duration of this programme?

Learners may choose to complete the programme in the minimum period of 12 months with face- to-face teaching of the 12 modules modules in January, May and September.

10. What is the entry requirement for this programme?

The minimum entry requirement is:

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent


Bachelor’s degree with a CGPA of below 2.50 and 5 years working experience in the relevant field/industry.

11. Who will teach this programme?

The MIT programme will be taught and facilitated by an international faculty of academics and practitioners from Zurich University of Applied Science School of Management and Law (ZHAW), St Gallen University, German University in Cairo, UNCTAD and WTO.

12. The faculty include:

    • Professor Dr Simon Evenett, Academic Director and Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen:  Professor Evenett specialises in competition and the analysis of existing and proposed agreements at the WTO. He holds a BA (Cambridge) and a PhD (Yale) in Economics and has taught at Oxford University, the University of Michigan Business School, and Rutgers University.
    • Professor Dr Patrick Krauskopf, Professor and Head of the Center for Competition and Commercial Law, ZHAW:  Professor Krauskopf is also a practicing attorney in New York and in Switzerland. He previously served as Deputy Director and Chief International Affairs with the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO). He lectures and researches on contracts, torts and competition law and is a competition law expert with WTO, UNCTAD and ICN. He holds an LLM (Fribourg), PhD (Berkley) and LLM (Harvard).
    • Dr Qaqaya has been with UNCTAD since 1981 specialising in financial regulation, international trade, and anti-dumping. He simultaneously lectures on international economics at the Webster University in Geneva. He holds a Master’s in International Law (Lausanne) and PhD (LSE) in Economics and has been travelling the world consistently over the years, assisting over 20 countries in drafting competition law and application guidelines, and organising training workshops.
    • Professor Dr Max Schweizer, Professor and Head of Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy Competence Center, ZHAW:  Professor Schweizer is a long serving diplomat of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He was a Deputy Director at the Swiss Economic Mission for the WTO and EFTA with the diplomatic title of Minister.  He studied geography, history and political science at the Zurich University where he wrote his doctoral thesis.
    • Professor Dr Andreas Abegg, Professor and Head of the Center for Public Commercial Law, School of Management and Law, ZHAW: Professor Abegg  is a practicing attorney and Professor Juris at Lillehammer University College in Norway. His Doctor of Laws and his post-doctoral habilitation thesis are on the interplay of public interests and private ordering. He lectures and researches on administrative law, contract law and legal theory.
    • Professor Dr Christian Müeller, Professor and Head of Economics Department, German University in Cairo, Egypt: Professor Müeller lectures and researches on business cycles, asset prices and is an Econometrics-backed expert adviser on public finance and competition policy. He is the founder of Smartpoll – the smartphone revolution of teaching and surveying.  He holds a PhD (Humboldt) in Economics and Econometrics.

Information on faculty and the specific modules they will teach is available on our website:

13. Can students begin the course in May or September?

Yes, they can. However, they must complete all the other modules before completing the Case Study on Simulation of Trade Negotiation (which is offered only in January).

14. Will there be work to be undertaken after the face-to- face contact with the module leaders?

Yes, there will be online exercises and assignments to be submitted which will form part of the coursework and assessment for each module. The type of assignments will vary with the module.

15. What will be the medium of instruction?

The programme will be taught in English.

16. How long is the guided learning (face-to-face) with the module leader?

The programme allows for up to 40 hours of face-to-face contact for each module. The mix of lectures, tutorials, quizzes and role play will vary with each module. Learners may contact the Programme Co-ordinator for guidance and will have access to materials on the Perdana University virtual learning platform during their independent learning time. Each module comes to an end three months after the face-to-face sessions for that module.

17. Are the modules offered as a stand-alone?

Yes, they are. Each module is complete by itself and covers a special area of concern in international trade. You will have access to academics and practitioners and gain in-depth knowledge that combines theory with real-world applications of international trade and commercial diplomacy.

18. Is the programme open to all nationalities?

Yes, it is.  As a matter of fact, Perdana University welcomes and embraces the diversity provided by an international student population on campus.

19. Where will the programme be run?

The programme will be conducted at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

Ministry of International Trade and Industry
16th Floor, Block 10, Government Offices Complex
Jalan Duta, 50622 Kuala Lumpur
(View on google map)

20. What is the fee for this programme?

Tuition fees for the award of the Master of International Trade award:
RM3,750 per module (a total of RM45,000 for the whole programme)

Tuition fee for stand-alone modules leading to a Certificate of Attendance for each module: RM5,000 per module

*Excludes the cost for the Optional Study Tour

21. How do I apply?

For more details, kindly contact:

Programme Coordinator at 03 8941 8646 (ext: 108) or


Marketing Department at 03 8941 8646 or