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New Institute to Educate International Traders

Published: April 26, 2000
International traders in Florida and beyond will be able to avail themselves of cutting-edge information and hands-on assistance to increase their business when The Institute for World Commerce Education (IWCE) opens its doors. Formation of the new institute is being announced today by The University of Tampa (UT) and World Trade Center Tampa Bay (WTCTB).

The mission of the IWCE is to create, advance, deliver and facilitate creative and innovative programs and learning opportunities for businesses, governments and organizations in Florida. The IWCE will draw upon a network of regional, national and international partners including, but not limited to, businesses, governments colleges and universities to provide focused programs and forums.


The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)  and Beyond: What Regional Integration can do for your Company is a series of educational programs to be offered in conjunction with the Center for Business Education and Research at the University of Florida. The first program was offered in mid-March, and the next program will be offered in September with a focus on agriculture.


In addition to seminars and research, the Institute will develop a certificate program in global leadership with partners around the world. According to Corinne Young, executive director of the Institute, "IWCE will reach far beyond the borders of Tampa Bay to ensure that beyond-the-cutting-edge ideas can be developed."


The formation of the institute will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 8 at two Tampa events:  a luncheon at The University of Tampa to be keynoted by Dr. Eduardo Solis, director of foreign trade and investment for Mexico, and a grand opening reception at WTCTB’s new headquarters on Channelside Drive.


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