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Resource Persons

(1)Principles

Both Customs lecturers and resource persons outside of Customs are selected, taking the following aspects into consideration:

(i) They have professional knowledge and skills on the given subject; and

(ii)They have good teaching techniques

In general, lectures given by Customs officials (trainers) have more advantages in such aspects as meeting the organization’s specific requirements, contributing to trainers’ own development, and are often more cost-effective.
 On the other hand, outsourcing is suitable for lectures on academic subjects (such as criminal law and economics), and on how to cope with emerging challenges surrounding Customs in fields that Customs officials do not have expertise on, such as trading business and practice, foreign languages, or any other topic new to current Customs officials.
 If the entire course is designed to acquire such a subject, the course will be commissioned to other government agencies or outsourced to a private institution. As for specific commissioned courses, please see “Commissioned Training.”

(2)The Current Situation

Generally, in-house trainers have advantages in many aspects. Therefore, in-house trainers are preferentially chosen as lecturers wherever appropriate. In a case where in-house trainers are not available for some reason, lecturers from regional Customs in related fields are often sought as alternatives. If outsourcing is considered as preferable, such in the cases mentioned above, proper outsourced lecturers will be invited.
 With respect to the selection criteria for outsourced lecturers, as well as considering lecturers’ academic qualifications to a certain degree, we place importance on their lecturing experience and reputation in the relevant fields. Their level of expertise and reputation are also evaluated using feedback from the trainees. The level of trainees and the gap between an actual and required capacity to be filled by lecturers are also considered in the selection of a lecturer.

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