Press Release | 10 Jan. 2020

IE University and the International Trade Centre launch Scholarship Program to empower Women in Trade


Madrid, 9 January 2020 – IE Foundation, IE School of Global and Public Affairs and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have launched a new scholarship program that will empower women working in trade and business expansion in developing countries.

The purpose of this new scholarship, jointly funded by ITC and IE Foundation, is to provide talented women with an opportunity to study the Executive Master in Internationalization and Trade at the School of Global and Public Affairs of IE, a world-class international university recognized by the quality and innovation of its programs.

Inspired by the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative, this scholarship was founded on the belief that women’s economic empowerment is not a matter limited to government policy or the private sector, but a shared social responsibility. The SheTrades initiative, active across the world in countries from Africa to Asia, the Middle East to the Caribbean, and Latin America, helps female entrepreneurs to enhance their skills and business knowledge, grow their organizations and stay up to date with market trends. 

The scholarship will help women increase the value of the businesses they represent and work for, expand the markets they have access to and help them connect with potential partners, buyers and investors.

ITC Executive Director Arancha González said: “At ITC we are extremely pleased to see our partnership with IE School of Global and Public Affairs coming to fruition with the launch of this Executive Master in Internationalization and Trade and the launch of this scholarship aimed at enabling more women in developing countries to benefit.”

“Today, more than ever, there is a need to better understand the mechanisms of trade in the 21st century and to help policymakers and businesses navigate an increasingly complex landscape. Through this scholarship program, designed to enable women in trade to take the Executive Master, we aim to advance this effort further and ensure that it is also inclusive,” she added.

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