- Today, we are celebrating the start
of the Masters in Customs
and Supply Chain Compliance programme.
We have participants from Dutch customs and Belgium customs
but a large majority comes
from international for-profit companies.
This is Moscow.
And this is?
- Switzerland. - Switzerland.
- Paris. - Paris.
- Brussels. - Brussels.
- This programme is unique
because traditional customs education
was always only about legal aspects.
What we introduced is really 1/3 legal,
1/3 supply chain management expertise, 1/3 IT.
And it turns out that we are the first in the whole world
to do that education like that
and it's now taken as an example all over the world
by other customs administrations.
- It's a unique programme
because we work together with the private sector.
Public and private employees study together
in this very, very nice programme.
- We join up three complete different professions.
The profession of the supply chain manager,
the profession of the IT and compliance manager,
and next to that
the profession of the traditional customs professional
who is more a legislative part.
- The most important role of this master
is creating awareness
not only within customs,
within governmental bodies,
but especially also in commerce.
- It's important to have a multi-disciplinary view
on customs and supply chain compliance
because the supply chain in itself
is composed of different actors
and therefore the specialists need to have
a multi-disciplinary view
to cope with constantly changing global trade
and trade facilitation.
- It's really fun to teach these mingled students
both from tax office, customs, and industry
because in the discussions in class
we can really bring our different view points together.
So, for example,
they can discuss about the operations
and planning and design of a terminal
from a viewpoint of industry
and then also think about how should customs make sure
that security stands are hold.
And in the discussion we can bring those values together.
(men screaming) (drums banging)
- The reason why Dinalog is providing a scholarship
to this programme is
because the customs is at a world-class level
in the Netherlands
and we would like to stimulate the education
of as many people as possible in this area.
- You are also smiling right now, that's very good.
And hopefully you'll still be smiling
when you're deep in the programme,
when you're studying all these very difficult
and nasty exams.
- I chose this programme
because I've been working for government almost 20 years now
and have done several jobs in IT, in auditing,
and also working with supply chain,
and I would like to integrate all those things
in my future jobs,
and this is a great programme to do that.
- So, you all, dear students,
the success of this programme depends on you.
I wish you all the luck from me.
Thank you very much.
- What was missing in my career
is also some kind of a certification
in supply chain and customs compliance,
and that's why I decided to join this programme.
And I am very, very happy about that.