International Trade is the exchange of capital and consumer goods and services among nations. The strongest case for international trade is that it promote rapid economic growth and development. Over the years, there have been fundamentals structural changes in the global economy. These structural changes include globalization, trade and payments liberalization, tariff reforms, rapid integration of national economies and shift in macroeconomic management from regulation to deregulation.

Unfortunately, many developing economies especially in Africa, are yet to actually benefit from their trade with the advanced economies of the world. Specifically, African economies are still characterized by sluggish economic growth, rising and unstable interest and exchange rates, inflationary pressures, poverty, mass unemployment, huge public debt and persistent balance of payments deficits.  These developments have therefore thrown major challenges to African leaders and macroeconomic managers in terms of the formulation and implementation of trade policies. In the light of the foregoing, the University of Port Harcourt, in partnership with the African Busines Roundtable (ABR) recently established the Bamanga Tukur Institute for International Trade and Development (BTI).  The Institute will serve as a platform for continental integration of the African economy into   the global economy and ensure poverty reduction.



The Institute is to be the leading research and academic Centre in Trade and Development Policies in Africa.



The Bamaga Tukur Institute for International Trade and Development aims at inculcating and encouraging a culture of quality and collaborative research in trade and development.  It will nurture competitive ideas for creative problem solving and produce high quality trade policy analysis who will influence policy on trade and development.



The objective of the Institute includes Research, Teaching and Learning, Continuing Education, Community Service and capacity building in Trade and Development for sustainable development in Africa.


Specific Objectives:

  • To carry out applied research that will benefit the Trade and Investment Promotion Industry.
  • To produce Masters and Ph.D. graduates in Trade and Related Areas.
  • Run certificate post graduate diploma programmes for non-trade professionals.
  • Run short courses, organize workshops and conferences to enhance skills of Trade Industry Staff and other Professionals.
  • Focus on Trade Policy-makers, Trade Negotiators, Trade Statisticians/Analysts, Entrepreneurs, Import and Export Finance Managers, Trade Lawyers and Graduate Students in International Trade and Development 



The governance structure of the Institute consists of:

  • Board of Trustees:  The chairman is the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, while the Vice-Chancellor and representatives from the Trade Industry will be member.
  • Governing Board:  The members include a chairman and other nominees of the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and the African Business Roundtable (ABR).
  • Advisory Board:  The Advisory Board consists of a chairman, other nominees of the Vice-Chancellor and ABR, and industry representatives.
  • Academic Board:  The Academic Board consists of

          (i)      The Director of the Centre (Chairman)

          (ii)     Deputy Director of the Centre

          (iii)    University Librarian

          (iv)    Dean Graduate School

          (v)     Dean Faculty of Social Sciences

          (vi)    Dean Faculty of Management Sciences

          (vii)   Head of Collaborating Departments

          (viii)  All Lecturers in the programme.


Application for Admission into the Master of Science Degree in International Trade and Development 2012/2013 Session.

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1.    Method of Application

Application is on line. Log on to and follow the instructions. Payment can be made at UBA Plc into Account No. 1004970025 or U&C Microfinance Bank Ltd, Account No. 1528022304. Proceed with the print out from the bank and obtain Application form on line or from the Office of the Director, Bamanga Tukur Institute (International Trade and Development), University of Port Harcourt, East West Road, Port Harcourt, on payment of a non-refundable fee of twenty thousand five hundred naira (N20,500) only which includes bank charges.


2.    Deadline for Submission of Completed Application Forms 

Completed Application forms, academic transcripts, two reference letters and other relevant documents must be returned to the Director, Bamanga Tukur Institute, University of Port Harcourt not later than 15th February 2013.


For more information about the programme, please contact

+23480136682127, +2348057875446