International Business and Trade

Program Presentation

An increasingly competitive world requires that professionals to have a comprehensive training in every area that consists of a company’s structure. The crisis has created the need to expand business operations towards new emerging markets.

In order to deal with this challenge, professionals require an understanding and development of the skills needed to manage the entry into a new market and successfully compete within it.

FUNIBER’s program of Business and Trade is intended to give participants a solid understanding of the functioning of international trade. The modules in the program are designed to provide the professional with the necessary tools and skills to design a process for a company’s internationalization, and in turn efficiently manage a multinational company.

Who is the programme for?

The structure of the specialization allows the program to be aimed at Administrators of SMEs who wish to internationalize their business activities, graduates and professionals who want to expand their job prospects in the world of international business.

Diploma

The International Business and Trade program has different degree in each of the countries where it is given, therefore each one of them has specific characteristics and academic requisites:

  • The Degrees will be granted by the university in which the student has enrolled with the endorsement of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).
  • The Degree will specify the nature of the program (Specialization, Bachelor) according to the current terminology of each country.

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the International Business and Trade Specialization Program depends on the student’s academic profile and of the requisites of the corresponding University:

ACADEMIC PROFILE OF THE STUDENTa DEGREE GRANTED LENGTHb CREDITSc
People without a previous degree Associate’s Degree 390 39
Bachelor Specialization 490 49

a. The student may go to the FUNIBER office of their country to clear any doubts on this subject.
b. Length in hours.
c.Equivalences in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • This being a distance learning program, not subject to classroom attendance, there is no specific date of initiation, which is why the student can finalize the enrolment process at any time, as long as there are available spaces in the program.
  • Due to academic and learning reasons, this program has a minimum length of three months.
  • The maximum amount of time to finish this program is one year. In this time, the student must have turned in all the corresponding evaluation of the subjects and the Case Study and Resolution, and in the case of the Specialization, the Final Project.

The credit structure of the International Business and Trade program for the associate’s degree is shown in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Subjects 39 9 390

a. Equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree.
b. Length in months.

In the case of Specialization, the credit structure is as follows:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Subjects 39 9 390
2nd Part: Final Project of the Course 10 3 100
TOTAL 49 12 490

a.Equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree.
b. Length in months.

Objectives

General objective:

  • The International Business and Trade program is aimed at developing a comprehensive training designed to learn and design a plan of internationalization of a company and develop the skills needed to manage an international company efficiently, proposing business models applicable to the various international markets.

Specific objectives:

  • Teaching the proper management of tools needed to identify business opportunities in international markets and implement them efficiently.
  • Know the phases of internationalization of a company and analyze relevant media to define the plan to make it effective.
  • Develop a critical analyzing capability for selecting international markets, taking into account risk, liquidity and profitability of investments abroad.
  • Develop the management techniques of a multinational company with a strategic perspective in the various departments of marketing, exports, finances, HR, CSR, logistics and management.

Career Opportunities

Some of the possible career opportunities of the Specialization in International Business and Trade program are:

  • General Administrators.
  • Marketing Director.
  • Logistics Director.
  • Business Consultant.
  • Chief of the Exports Department.

Study Plan

The International Business and Trade program is made up of 10 subjects and a Final Project of the Course or Final Project of the Specialization.

  • 1ST PART: SUBJECTS (390 HOURS)

The subjects allow the students to learn and understand how International Business and Trade work from its theoretical and conceptual fundamentals, guiding the student to use these tools to generate a differential value that can be converted into tangible benefits for an international company.

The subjects and hours of the first part of the program are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Economics 30
2 International Commerce 50
3 Strategic Management and Planning 40
4 Strategic Management of Human Resources 40
5 International Marketing 40
6 Innovation, Development and Investigation: Management Strategies 40
7 Logistics 40
8 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Techniques 30
9 Financial Management 40
10 Legal Aspects and Free Trade Agreements 40
  TOTAL 390
  • 2ND PART: FINAL PROJECT OF THE SPECIALIZATION (100 HOURS)

In the case of Specialization, the last part of the program will be destined towards the development of the Project.

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Final Project 100

Management

  • Dr. Silvia Aparicio. Doctora en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Licenciada en Administración y Dirección de Empresas por la Universidad de Cantabria. Directora Académica Internacional del Área de Desarrollo Directivo, Organización Empresarial y Recursos Humanos de la Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González Doctor in Business QC from the University of León. Associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of León.
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Doctor of Economics, Antonio Nebrija University, Spain. He is Dean of the European University of the Atlantic (Universidad Europea del Atlántico). 
  • Dr. Eduardo Silva. PhD in Projects by the International Iberoamerican University. Master’s Degree in International Business Administration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Lawyer and Notary by the Rafael Landívar University. Lawyer of the Legal Department of the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Executive Director of the Iberoamerican University Foundation, at headquarters in Guatemala.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dra. Cristina Hidalgo González. PhD in Business Sciences from the University of Leon, Spain. Holder Teacher of the Applied Economics Department at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. Salvador Rus Rufino. PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona, Spain. PhD in History from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Holder Teacher and Director of the Chair of Family Business History, University of León.
  • Dr. Sergio Balarezzo Saldaña. PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Chancellor of Research and Teacher at the University of Piura, Peru. Researcher in the operations and projects management.
  • Dr. Francisco J. Hidalgo Trujillo. Doctor in Engineering Projects: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications, Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Advisor and consultant of organizations. Analyst of strategic processes and business development.
  • Dr. Eugeni Aguiló Pérez. Professor of Applied Economics at the Universitat de les Illes Balears.
  • Dr. Luis Morales. Director of the Graduate School of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón. Bolivia.
  • Dr. Manuel Maeda Takeuchi. Professor of Engineering Programs and Business Administration, University of Piura, Peru. Management experience in administration, corporation projects, operations and finance administration.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. PhD in Project Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. Master’s Degree in Project Management and Design, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Teacher at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Teacher at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. PhD in Business Administration Engineering and Masetr’s Degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. Business, technology and business solutions consultant. Teacher at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. (c) Eduardo García Villena. PhD in Projects Engineering (Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. Academic Director of the Environment Area of the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • Dra. (c) Olga Capó Iturrieta. PhD in Projects Engineering (Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. Responsible for the Area of Projects at theInstituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA), Chile.
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. PhD in Projects Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Head of e-Learning in the Iberoamerican University Foundation..
  • Ms. Saúl Domingo Soriano. PhD candidate in Business Sciences, University of Leon. Master’s Degree in General Business Management, Institut Català de Tecnologia, Barcelona. Master’s Degree in Consultancy and Information Technologies, E-business, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University, Spain. Director of Master's Degree and Specializations Final Projects, FUNIBER.
  • Ms. Lourdes Plaza. NG Chile. Master's in e-business Information Technology Consulting (Spain). Master's in Information Technology (Chile).
  • Ms. Virginia Saman. Prof. at University of Santa María de Chile Campus Guayaquil. Master’s in Logistics (France).
  • Ms. Andrea Salem. Computer Software Engineer (Ecuador-Chile). Master's in e-business Information Technology Consulting (Spain).
  • MBA Humberto Maydana. University of Piura. Peru.
  • Ing. Gabriela Larrea. Commercial Engineer (Ecuador-Chile). Communications Director of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) Ecuador.
  • Dr. Eduardo Silva. PhD in Projects by the International Iberoamerican University. Master’s Degree in International Business Administration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Lawyer and Notary by the Rafael Landívar University. Lawyer of the Legal Department of the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Executive Director of the Iberoamerican University Foundation, at headquarters in Guatemala. 

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