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100+ Vi members in Colombia link with UNCTAD for LDC report videoconference
Contributed by Pablo Gabriel Bortz   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:48

More than 100(*) students and lecturers from Vi Colombian member universities, EAFIT, EAN, Santo Tomás and La Salle, gathered for a videoconference presentation of UNCTAD's The Least Developed Countries Report 2014 February 23.

The report was presented by its co-author and coordinator, Rolf Traeger, Chief of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Section at UNCTAD.

"Our findings identify a trend we labeled 'the LDC paradox ': even though these countries grew at accelerated rates in the 2000s, they did not fully achieve their development goals because of the lack of structural transformation," he said.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 17:24
 
Eighth Russian university joins Vi network
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:21
The East Siberia State University of Technology and Management (ESSUTM) joined the Virtual Institute today. The eighth university from the country in UNCTAD's programme for academic cooperation, its membership expands the Vi affiliate network to 44. 
 
Established in 1962, ESSUTM is located in the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, about 100 kilometres from Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. The university is one of the leading educational and scientific centres in Eastern Siberia, offering education, re-training and the enhancement of professional skills, including in the area of economics and law. It has a branch in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, and cooperation agreements with a number of universities in Europe, America and Asia.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:54
 
First Vi professional development workshop for Burundi trains 25
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Contributed by Vlasta Macku and Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:14
Twenty-five Burundian academics and trade practitioners(*) gained skills in the analysis of the impact of trade policy instruments and agreements during a Vi workshop held January 5-8 in Bujumbura.
 
Delivered by Marco Fugazza, of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, the event was the first professional development activity organized by the Vi for core member, the University of Burundi. The workshop was funded by the Government of Finland.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:54
 
Vi videoconference for Russian members focuses on WIR 2014
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Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:36

Vi's Eveliina Kauppinen (left) and UNCTAD's Kalman KalotayEighty-one students and lecturers from Vi Russian members, the St. Petersburg State University, the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and the North-West Institute of Management, joined UNCTAD’s Kalman Kalotay, of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, for a videoconference presentation of the World Investment Report (WIR) 2014 on December 10.

Kalotay began his presentation of the report, which this year focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an overview of global and transition-economies investment trends.

 
Vi Asian workshops train 44 on trade and poverty analysis
Contributed by Cristian Ugarte   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

altThe Vi, with support from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Finland,  organized two workshops on the analysis of the impact of trade on household welfare in Hanoi (Viet Nam) and Manila (The Philippines) in December.

Complementing the Asian launches of the Vi book, "Trade policies, household welfare and poverty alleviation: Case studies from the Virtual Institute academic network," the workshops were hosted by the Centre for Analysis and Forecasting (CAF) in Hanoi, and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Manila.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:30
 
South-South teaching supports new Master's in Kenya
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

altThe Vi, with support from the government of Finland, facilitated a South-South capacity-building activity between core member, the University of Nairobi, and affiliate member, Moi University, Kenya, November 3-14.

The idea of this teaching cooperation emerged in June 2013 when Moi’s Vi member coordinator, Mark Korir, Head of the Department of Economics,, then a Vi fellow, and Bethuel Kinuthia, then a participant in the Vi project on trade and poverty, met in Geneva.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:41
 
Vi trade and poverty book launched in Asia
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:09

altAsia became the second region to host the launch of the Vi publication "Trade policies, household welfare and poverty alleviation: Case studies from the Virtual Institute academic network" early December.

The book was the outcome of a three-year Vi capacity-building project funded by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Finland.

The objective of the project, which trained and mentored researchers from developing and transition countries throughout the development of their country case studies, was to strengthen their capacity to provide trade and poverty analysis to their governments.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:59
 
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