School of Trade Negotiations of Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) established in October 2017. It is the first specialized institution in China to train trade negotiators. The predecessor of the institution was the School of WTO Research and Education (SWTO) established in May 2002. It was one of the earliest academic institutions in China to carry out the WTO research and education.In November 2009, Professor Lei ZHANG applied for the WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) initiated by the WTO Secretariat and successfully obtained the Chair after fierce competition with over 70 members of WTO all over the world. Prof. Zhang then became the WTO Chair Holder. The School also became one of the 19 WTO Chairs around the world and the only one in China. As the host institute of WTO Chair in China, the School has developed itself to be a core participant in the global academic network of the WTO Secretariat, and has gradually become an internationally renowned academic institution on WTO-related topics.
Adhering to the traditional advantages of SUIBE in the field of WTO researches, the School of Trade Negotiations has established Master Program of WTO Law and independently enrolls graduate students while integrating academic resources inside and outside the University. The curriculum of the Master Program is designed by experts from the WTO Secretariat and in line with the internationally renowned institutions.
The School offers a Bachelor Program of International Economic and Trade Rules, a Master Programs of WTO Law, and undergraduate courses of International Business (International Economic Organization Orientation). It aims to cultivate students who are familiar with China’s domestic policies and national situations and have a good understanding of international regulation in trade and economics. They are asked to speak fluently English or other foreign languages with necessary negotiating skills. Specifically, the following five types of talents are mainly cultivated and delivered who can: (1) participate in the negotiations on bilateral and regional agreements; (2) participate in multilateral negotiations in international organizations; (3) support negotiations in international organizations; (4) deal with international dispute settlement and arbitration; and (5) handle international legal affairs for non-governmental organizations and foreign-related law firms.
The School of Trade Negotiations currently has near 20 full-time faculty members, more than 90% of whom are PhD holders and most of whom either have studied abroad or have been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Georgetown University, Boston University, Universit?t Hamburg, Universit?t Bonn, Tokyo University, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Aix-Marseille Université, Université de Lausanne, UniversitàdegliStudi di Torino, UNITO, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore);many of our faculty members serve either as arbitrator of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), academic coordinator of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the member and jury of the Permanent Academic Committee of the Moot Court Debate Competition of European Law Students' Association (ELSA), the expert on Global Value Chain of the Advisory Committee on Economic and Trade Policy of the Ministry of Commerce, the expert on Overseas Intellectual Property Rights Defence Assistance of Enterprises of the Ministry of Commerce, or consultant of Shanghai International Trade Service Base for Overseas Intellectual Property Rights Protection (SITISC).
The School of Trade Negotiations adheres to the concept of internationalization, and has established cooperation with WTO, UNCTAD VI, UNESCAP/ARTNeTand a close cooperative relationship with major WTO academic institutions worldwide, in order to create a soundplatform for international exchanges among scholars and students. The School has sent its graduate students to the WTO secretariat and the Ministry of Commerce for internship.
The School attaches great importance to the establishment of scientific research institutions, and has established Shanghai Center for Global Trade and Economic Governance (SC-GTEG), the Shanghai WTO Research Center (by the Ministry of Education Regional and Nationals Studies Research Centers), 21st Century Marine Silk Road Center (with Shanghai Maritime Court) and China WTO Dispute Settlement Research Center, etc. Based on these research institutions, the School pools research sources from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) as well as well-known universities all over the world, research institutions and think tanks from home and abroad.The School has undertaken a large number of scientific research projects at home and abroad, and has contributed to decision-making of relevant government departments with significant achievements.
In the near future, the School commits itself to achieve 'Three Becomes': (1) becoming the most attractive research institutes and think tanks for trade negotiations; (2) becoming the most potential talents cultivation base for high-end trade negotiations; and (3) becoming the most energetic platform for trade negotiations and communications.
In the near future, the school will mainly cooperate with international economic organizations such as WTO, World Bank, IMF, UNCTAD, OECD, WIPO, AIIB, BRICS, etc. It will explore the three-stage training mode, namely: (1) the integration of Chinese, English and French teaching and study; (2) the joint cultivation of talents among Chinese and foreign universities and international organizations; (3) the cultivation of innovative undergraduate, postgraduate talents with a highly adherent education background from undergraduate to postgraduate.
The School will enable students to be civil servants of international organizations, international first-rate scholars, negotiators and Chinese negotiation officers through a cooperative teaching between Chinese and foreign scholars. Meanwhile, the School will actively strive for the support of central government and Shanghai Municipal People's Government, undertake foreign-related technical assistance by sharing China’s experience in trade negotiation, cultivate relevant talents for other developing countries in order to explore the path of diversified development jointly.