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Belarusian members join UNCTAD for videoconference on WIR 14
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Monday, 30 March 2015 13:39

altTwenty-four students and academics from Vi core member, the Belarus State Economic University, and the Kazak University of Foreign Relations,  gathered at the UNDP offices in Minsk for a presentation of the latest World Investment Report (WIR) March 24.

The presentation was delivered by WIR co-author, Kalman Kalotay, of the UNCTAD Division on Investment and Enterprise.

The report reviews general trend in foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in different regions, and examines investment strategies in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set the development agenda for the period 2015-2030.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 06:53
Vi online course on trade and gender graduates 66
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Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Monday, 23 March 2015 17:41

altSixty-six participants from 40 countries have successfully completed the first edition of the Virtual Institute online course on trade and gender, held January 19 to March 8.

Developed in cooperation with UNCTAD’s Trade, Gender and Development Section, the online course is part of a joint capacity-building project funded by the Government of Finland. Closely following the successful three-phase model of the Vi project on trade and poverty completed last year, the trade and gender project includes the development of teaching materials, training of academics and practitioners, and mentoring of researchers as they undertake original research on the topic.

The ultimate goal of the project is to equip academics, government officials and civil society with the knowledge necessary to analyze the two-way relationship between trade and gender, and to produce gender-aware policy recommendations.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 17:43
Scholarships available: Second edition of Vi online course on non-tariff measures - Deadline: April 19
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Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00

The Vi and the Trade Information Section of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities are now accepting applications from government officials, academics and practitioners to participate in the second edition of the online course on non-tariff measures (NTM) and data collection, to be held June 1 to July 19.

Part of the UNCTAD-led international effort to improve access and increase transparency with regard to NTMs, the course was developed to train experts around the world who can effectively collect and classify information about these measures.

All selected participants will be exempt from course fees, and will receive the course DVD free-of-charge. 

Top graduates will become part of the UNCTAD NTM consultancy roster, and may be considered for future data collection or related work.

Applications must be submitted online no later than April 19.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 15:36
Colombian university member Sergio Arboleda at UNCTAD for third Vi study visit
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Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

altTen students of the Master's in International Trade programme at Vi Colombian affiliate member, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, took part in a training programme provided by UNCTAD experts March 9-10.

The third Vi study visit organized for Sergio Arboleda since 2013, this year’s programme, extended to two days, included presentations of the latest UNCTAD flagship reports, and lectures on entrepreneurship and trade in services in Colombia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:56
Ecuadorian university 54th Vi core member
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:43
altThe Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil (USCG), the first academic institution to represent Ecuador in UNCTAD's academic network, joined the Virtual Institute today, bringing the number of core university members to 54.
Membership discussions were initiated last July by Ryan Cobey, advisor to the Minister of Foreign Trade, who learned about the Vi from Ramon Torrent, of Spanish core member, Universitat de Barcelona. Cobey met with the Vi in Geneva last December, and introduced the idea of Vi membership to academic institutions in the country upon his return. USCG responded positively in January, and completed  membership formalities in a short period of time.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 13:58
Vi welcomes first university member from the Philippines
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:10
Ateneo de Manila UniversityThe Ateneo de Manila University joined the Virtual Institute academic network today, bringing the number of core member universities to 53.
Interest in Vi membership began in 2012, when Ateneo lecturer, Philip Arnold Tuaño, took part in the first edition of the Vi online course on trade and poverty. Discussions gathered momentum during the December 2014 Vi workshop on trade and poverty held in Manila last December, which was attended by Marissa Maricosa Paderon, an assistant professor and director of the university's European Studies Programme. Paderon was the driving force behind getting her university to become the first Vi member in the country.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 15:54
Call for applications: Vi regional workshop on trade and gender analysis
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Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:15

altResearchers from sub-Saharan Africa may apply to participate in the upcoming Virtual Institute regional workshop on trade and gender analysis, to be held June 15-19 in South Africa.

Funded by the Government of Finland, the workshop is offered in cooperation with the UNCTAD Trade, Gender and Development Section, and will be hosted by Vi affiliate member, the North-West University, at its Potchefstroom Campus.

Deadline for applications is April 17.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 09:48
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