International business law students visit Carlisle
The University of Cumbria’s Business Interaction Centre on Paternoster Row is playing host this week to 26 postgraduate law students originating from a total of 12 different countries.
Students from Australia, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Nigeria, Austria, Canada, Zimbabwe, Ghana, India and the United Arab Emirates joined their UK counterparts to hear presentations and lectures from experts and local speakers.
The week-long residential module is the only opportunity the students have to meet each other face-to-face, as they are studying an online masters degree in international business law. The university runs the course in conjunction with Robert Kennedy College, which has its headquarters in Zurich.
Many of the students are already senior executives and attorneys, employed by large international corporations or bodies. The majority specialise in mergers, international trade and intellectual property with the others coming from a science, medical or teaching background.
Peter Dada is a solicitor at a law firm in his native Nigeria and spent a long time looking for a postgraduate course which would fit alongside his career.
“This online masters degree was the perfect opportunity to expand my qualifications whilst still working full time,” he explains. “And this residential week has been very helpful, allowing me to interact more fully with my lecturers and network with the other students.
“I’ve really enjoyed visiting Carlisle as well. When I walk through the city centre every morning, past the Cathedral, it feels like I’m in a real university environment.”
Ann Thanaraj is the university’s principal law lecturer and comments:
“I am delighted that we have so many wonderful scholars with us in Carlisle. It is a great opportunity for us to meet the students and for them to have the chance to share ideas and practices of law across the different countries, business sectors and legal jurisdictions.
“They are enjoying an intensive five days of discussion, teaching, developing negotiation strategies and exploring dispute resolution from a range of international jurisdictions.”
During the week the students heard presentations from top national law firm Weightmans Solicitors, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Totalpost, a global company based in Alston which won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2013.
The keynote speaker was from United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), a government department which works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.
Sylvia Grainger is student enterprise co-ordinator at the university and explains:
“Making connections with postgraduate students from major international companies such as these can have a positive knock-on effect for the local business community. On their return home, we hope these students will consider further how they might engage with Cumbrian businesses in the future.”
Further information about the Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Business Law course can be found here. Further information about the University of Cumbria’s Carlisle Business Interaction Centre can be found at www.cumbria.ac.uk/CBIC