Institute of Export marks 100% increase in student enrolment

Fri 9 May 2014
Posted by: IOE News
IOE News

The Institute of Export (IOE) is marking a double celebration as an unprecedented number of students embark on its internationally accredited courses – and the first students graduate from its flagship Foundation Degree in International Trade.

A total of 450 students have signed up to courses across 2013-2014 compared to 225 students the previous year. The successes of graduates completing the IOE’s suite of qualifications in international trade have been acknowledged at an annual ceremony at London’s Mansion House – the home and office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Key guests and speakers included Lord Empey OBE, London Sheriff Adrian Waddingham, Ian Taylor, acting chair of the IOE and Steve Childs, national head of international foreign exchange and trade at Barclays Business – the main sponsors of the event.


Students receiving special accolades include Dan Garnon, special export control manager civil aerospace at Rolls-Royce in Derby who scooped the highest overall marks in the Institute’s Diploma in International Trade and in the Diploma’s Practical Global Trading and Management of International Trade modules.

Rebecca Hill, who is responsible for bookings and quotations at Geest Line, which transports cargo between Europe and the Caribbean and Locunda Karam, CEO of strategic project Services Ltd based in Cape Town, South Africa, are the first graduates of the IOE’s two year Foundation Degree in Professional Practice of International Trade.

IOE Director General Lesley Batchelor said that the substantial increase in enrolment highlighted the importance that businesses are placing in embedding professionalism into international trade by investing in enhancing the skills of their teams.

She said: “A big congratulations to all our graduates. Over 700 students are currently studying our courses which are internationally recognised and the number of organisations investing in enrolling their employees on them reflects the key role they play in global trading. Our qualifications equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise to work in international trade.

“We also focus on improving their knowledge of the context of international trade, ensuring they are aware of the differing cultural aspects and ways of doing business.”

IOE acting chair, Ian Taylor added: “If we benchmark the UK with our competitors in the world for ‘best practice’ it becomes obvious that an integrated policy on international trade is going to produce a lot more benefit for business than a piecemeal approach. A long-term strategy would guarantee a structured approach to international trade too – not a constant search for ‘quick fixes’.

“Culturally the UK is coming to recognise the need for joined-up policies. With strong support from government, its agencies and other organisations, the Institute is at the heart of driving professionalism in international trade.”

Grateful thanks go to the ACCA & Amber Road who generously helped with the reception and Geest Line, Norsk, Primo plc and RWA who sponsored prizes for the event.

We would also like to congratulate the 2013 prize winners:

The Worshipful Company of World Traders silver-salver award for Highest Marks in the Diploma in International Trade – Daniel Garnon

The Barclays prize for Highest Mark in Practical Global Trading – Daniel Garnon

The Barclays prize for Highest Mark in Management of International Trade – Daniel Garnon

The Barclays prize for Highest Mark in International Logistics and Purchasing – Alena Awofadeju

The Barclays prize for Highest Mark in International Marketing Strategy – Anke Heggie

The Amber Road prize for Highest Marks in the Advanced Certificate in International Trade – Elaine McKeown

Highest Mark in The Business Environment – Ruth Stockley

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants prize for Highest Mark in Finance in International Trade – Marie Harvey

Highest Mark in International Marketing – Nindy Bhari

The Primo plc prize for Highest Mark in International Physical Distribution – Rebecca Stacey

The RWA prize for Highest Mark in Certified International Trade Advisor – James O’Toole

The Barclays prize for Highest Barclays Mark in Certified International Trade Advisor – Alex Spires

Highest Mark in the Certificate in International Trade – Alexandre Petit

Highest Marks in Introduction to International Trade Management – Alexandre Petit

Highest Marks in Fundamentals of International Business – James McCauley

Highest Marks in the Global Marketplace – Lena Muxfeldt

The Norsk prize for Highest Marks in International Transport and Documentation – Linda Reilly

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