- Vlasta Macku
The Philippines' University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) today became the Virtual Institute's 118th member. Along with core member, Ateneo de Manila University, UA&P is the second university to represent the country in UNCTAD's programme for academic cooperation.
Interest in Vi membership was sparked when UA&P lecturer, George Manzano participated in the first edition of the Vi online course on trade and poverty in 2012. His cooperation with the Vi continued with his selection as one of the authors of the Vi collection of country case studies on trade and poverty published in 2014. UA&P subsequently hosted a national launch of the book and a related professional development workshop in December 2014.
Successor of a think tank established in 1967 to conduct research and offer graduate courses in economics and management, UA&P was officially estblished in 1995. Its aspiration is to "form individuals who are professionally competent, creative and enterprising, zealous for the common good, and capable of making free, morally upright choices, and who can thus act as positive agents of change and service to society."