October, 2015 Edition

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In this newsletter

  • CCES Alumni Profile

  • University of Canberra Graduation – 1st October 2015 

  • CCES Student Graduates with PhD 

  • CCES courses to be delivered on-campus from July 2016! 

  • Semester 1, 2015 Medal Winner 

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

  • KDU, Sri Lanka Open Day 

  • Study CCES Courses On-Campus in South-East Asia 

  • International Women in Law Enforcement Conference - Leadership, Collaboration & Security – India – October 2015 

  • ESAMI - Final Thesis Presentations



Alumni Profile

Student Name:
Ashok Sadhwani (USA)

Course Name:
Master of International Customs Law and Administration

When did you graduate?

What is your current job position?
  1. CEO of Asmara USA Inc., a Los Angeles-based trade compliance consulting company
  2. Instructor, International Trade, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension
  3. Visiting Professor, International Business Program, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 
I discovered that the discipline and focus in research that CCES provided during the course has helped more than anything else while I go about my business of consulting, teaching and training in International Trade and Customs. I was always familiar with import regulations such as product classification, trade security and rules of origin issues specifically in the US which after attending MICLA classes, I came to realize were not that much different than in other countries either. But it did give me a razor-sharp focus when speaking on these topics with my students and peers.

Australia was a great place to visit and do the Masters program. Canberra was quiet so I could concentrate on the research and writing. The rest of the course I finished online from Los Angeles and during my various worldwide travels. Learnt a lot by interacting with the instructors.

My background has been international trade since I was 19, more the practice of it than theory. Having run import export businesses in Japan, Singapore, Egypt, India and the US, the time came for me to buttress this experience and practical knowledge with some structured learning! Obtained a US customs broker license, began to teach subjects in international trade and customs and worked with various US companies helping set up their import export procedures.

Currently I still manage regulatory trade operations for US-based clients, provide training in customs procedures and teach the subject. This gets me to travel a lot which I love. I have been clocking in 100k air miles for the last 10 years and will stop only when I drop down exhausted.

My personal interests of writing, reading, playing badminton, studying wine, good cuisine, computer design, animation, comic strips, drones, Arduino, 3D printing lead the pack of many more. If I could draw, paint and craft, I’d be spending more time doing just that!

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Recent Publications

WCO News No.78 October 2015

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New courses commence in 2016, Apply Now

Graduate Certificate in International Revenue Administration

This course enhances prospects for employment and advancement for those with, or seeking, careers in revenue administration, related public sector professions and businesses involved in cross-border trade. Graduates will develop skills and knowledge that will be highly attractive to employers in these fields.

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Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration

The Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration provides professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the field of customs and border management and has been designed for people engaged in both government employment and in the trading community. It has an international focus making it suitable for professionals from all around the world.

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University of Canberra Graduation – 1st October 2015

On Thursday 1st October 2015, the University of Canberra held their graduation ceremony, where 11 CCES Graduates conferred their awards.

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CCES Student Graduates with PhD

This month one of our esteemed PhD Candidates, Ms Ji Soo Yi from Korea was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Her research thesis was titled, “Rules of Origin and Korea’s Use of Free Trade Agreements”.

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CCES courses to be delivered on-campus from July 2016!

From July 2016, we are planning to offer the Bachelor of Border Management & the Master of Customs Administration on campus here in Canberra, Australia.
Register your interest if you would like to study with us here in Canberra.

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Semester 1, 2015 Medal Winner

Our Medal winner for Semester 1, 2015 is Alistair Gall. He Graduated this month with the Master of International Customs Law & Administration. 

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Following the signing of an MOU between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), CCES has been collaborating with UTRGV to develop and implement two award programs that will represent the foundation for a long term working relationship between the two institutions.

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KDU, Sri Lanka Open Day

On 3rd October 2015, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in Colombo, Sri Lanka held an Open Day at which CCES was represented. Professor David Widdowson and M.M.M. Rishafy represented CCES to advise on the Bachelor of Border Management and Master of Customs Administration, which will be offered at the KDU Campus from February next year. This follows the recent signing of an MOU between KDU and Charles Sturt University (CSU).

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Study CCES Courses On-Campus in South-East Asia

In 2016, the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies, Charles Sturt University will deliver two courses in collaboration with General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). For the first time, the Bachelor of Border Management and the Master of Customs Administration will be available for on-campus studies in South Asia.

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International Women in Law Enforcement Conference - Leadership, Collaboration & Security – India – October 2015

The Conference was hosted by the Director of the SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Ms Aruna Bahuguna, and was the first international law enforcement conference held in India.  Charles Sturt University, Australia was the principal conference partner, and Interpol was the principal sponsor agency. 

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ESAMI - Final Thesis Presentations

35 students studying the Master of Business Administration in Customs jointly offered by CCES and ESAMI will present their theses in next month.  

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