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Argentina hosts its first videoconference on TDR
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 27 October 2014 17:04

altVi core member FLACSO Argentina gathered 21 lecturers and students of its Global Studies Programme (GSP) around its first Vi videoconference presentation on the 2014 edition of the Trade and Development October 23.

Introduced by Valentina Delich, coordinator of the GSP's course on Re-ordering Global Economy and Society", the presentation was delivered by the leader of the TDR team, Alfredo Calcagno (pictured).

"In its first part, the TDR discusses current economic trends while the second part analyses the link between these short-term issues and longer-term trends. We explore whether the international economic system and global governance are functioning reasonably well and generating expected outcomes or if we are at a breaking point when things will need to change", started Calcagno.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 17:14
First edition of Vi online course on non-tariff measures graduates 60
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:16

altThe first edition of the online course on non-tariff measures (NTMs), developed in cooperation between the Vi and UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities concluded October 19, awarding 60 participants the UNCTAD Certified Non-Tariff Measures Data Collector Certificate. The graduates, coming from academic institutions and governments in 43 countries, will become part of the UNCTAD NTM Data Collector Roster.

Post-course evaluation questionnaires confirm that the course both increased participants' knowledge of NTMs and helped them better appreciate the NTM-related policy issues facing their countries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:21
Russian universities open the Vi fall videoconference season with a TDR presentation
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

Eighty students and lecturers of international economics, international trading system, international relations and public economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the St. Petersburg State University and the North-West Institute of Management joined in for a videoconference presentation of the Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2014 October 15.

The findings of the report, this year focusing on global governance and policy space for development, were presented by one of the TDR’s authors, Jörg Mayer (pictured, right), of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:14
First think tank from Tanzania joins the Vi
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

altThe East African Research Capacity Development Foundation (EARCDF) joined the Vi today as a first think tank member from the United Republic of Tanzania, in addition to the two current university members - the University of Dar es Salaam and the Open University of Tanzania.

The idea of EARCDF becoming a Vi member came about upon its establishment in 2012, based on earlier discussions between ex-UNCTAD expert Sam Laird, and EARCDF's trade economist, Johansein Rutaihwa. The application was supported by H.E. Mr. Modest J. Mero, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations in Geneva. 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:14
Newest Colombian affiliate member visits UNCTAD for the first time
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Friday, 10 October 2014 09:47

altA group of twenty-six students and faculty members from Vi’s latest Colombian affiliate member, Universidad de la Salle, came to UNCTAD for a study visit October 7.

The aim of the one-day training programme was to introduce the students to UNCTAD’s work on trade, gender and development, as well as the findings of the latest Trade and Development Report (TDR) and the World Investment Report (WIR).

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 12:51
Chinese students in Geneva for fifth Vi study tour
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

The Virtual Institute’s core Chinese member, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), came to Geneva for their fifth annual study tour September 29-October 3. The one-week programme on trade and development trained 27 students in total and it was delivered by experts from UNCTAD divisions and Vi partner organizations: the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The programme comprised 13 sessions on current trade and development issues, with a particular focus on China’s development. UNCTAD topics included introduction to the organization's work, trends and  challenges in the world economy, foreign direct investment, global value chains, trade facilitation, and technology and innovation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:00
Second Indian university joins Vi network
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) joined the Virtual Institute today, becoming the second university to represent the country in UNCTAD's academic network.

The link between IIFT and the Vi was established very recently through Rashmi Banga, of UNCTAD's Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Vi’s home division. The application followed swiftly and IIFT became a Vi member in less than one month.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:33
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