A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Customs Management is offered jointly by CCES and the East & Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI). Eight countries in the ESA region (Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) have granted ESAMI a charter to award degrees. The MBA Customs Management offers students from these countries the opportunity for specialized postgraduate studies within Africa similar to what CCES has been offering in Canberra (face-to-face) and in all continents (online).
The first group of students commenced the two year MBA in July 2011. The pioneer group comprises sixteen students from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. A second group commenced the program in July 2012 with fourteen students from Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania. Tuition for the four Customs units was undertaken in a four week intensive residency session held at the ESAMI Campus in Arusha Tanzania. CCES lecturers for the sessions were from Australia, Kenya, Rwanda and Liberia.
The four units taught by CCES are Customs Management Theory and Practice, Regulatory Compliance Management, International Customs Law and Customs Reform & modernization.
After the residency, students return to ESAMI centres in their countries to take classes in 12 different subjects including Research Methods, General Management & Organizational Behaviour, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Procurement and Global Supply Chain & Logistics Management. The Master’s Thesis will be on a topic relevant to Customs, and students will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of knowledge through their research.
The Director General of ESAMI, Prof. Bonard Mwape sees the programme as “our contribution in solving the challenges in customs management and administration in Africa,” he considers that “without a critical mass of trained staff in customs management, Africa’s customs performance will remain poor”.