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North-West University registered two of their professors for a two-year export practice course in the late 1980s and subsequently introduced export subjects into their BCom and BCom (Hons) degree programmes. Approximately fifteen years ago, the university’s School of Economics entered into a licensing agreement with ITRISA enabling the use of ITRISA material in these programmes.   NWU students are able to gain credits with ITRISA for the ITRISA subjects they have successfully completed and subsequently register with ITRISA – either while they are still at university or after they have graduated – for those subjects they still require in order to be awarded an ITRISA qualification.

All NWU School of Economics’ faculty currently teaching export subjects at the Potchefstroom campus are also graduates of ITRISA, in addition to holding advanced academic qualifications (Masters and Doctorates).  In addition, Professor Wilma Viviers of the university’s TRADE research entity is a Fellow of ITRISA.

ITRISA delivers guest lectures at the university and awards a prize on an annual basis to the best student in international trade at the university.  ITRISA also partners with North-West University from time to time in tendering for/undertaking large projects.


ITRISA directors Mike Smith and Rose Blatch (left) with NWU’s Prof Wilma Viviers, Prof Waldo Kruger, Prof Marianne Matthee and Prof Ermie Steenkamp at the DIRCO campus in Tshwane where they conducted an Export Promotion Course for South Africa’s Foreign Economic Representatives prior to their deployment abroad.