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Russian member universities in Geneva for sixth annual Vi study tour
Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:19
altThe sixth annual Virtual Institute study tour for Russian members, held April 7-11, comprised 55 students and lecturers from four universities. Participating in this year's edition were the State University Higher School of Economics, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the St. Petersburg State University and the North-West Institute.
The one-week training programme included 13 sessions on trade and development topics, delivered by experts from UNCTAD’s divisions on Globalization and Development Strategies (GDS), Technology and Logistics, and Investment and Enterprise (DIAE), as well as Virtual Institute partner organizations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). Also part of the tour was a discussion with representatives of the country’s delegation in Geneva.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:40
Moroccan university joins UNCTAD for second videoconference on WIR
Contributed by David Bicchetti   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:49
altThe Vi organized a videoconference on the findings of the 2013 UNCTAD World Investment Report (WIR) for 45 academics, students and government representatives gathered at Vi core Moroccan university member, Université Mohammed V – Souissi April 11.
Axele Giroud from UNCTAD's Division on Investment and Enterprise, started her presentation with an update on foreign direct investment (FDI) flows and policies, based on the recently released UNCTAD Trend Monitor 2014 and Policy Monitor 2014.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:26
Government of Finland backs Vi activities once again
Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:17
Staunch Virtual Institute patron, the Government of Finland, has once again come through for Vi members, who will benefit from capacity-building support made possible by a grant of EUR 630000 covering activities in the 2014-15 biennium.
Part of the funds will support the Vi project on trade and gender implemented in cooperation with UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities. The bulk of the grant will co-fund the Vi UN Development Account project on trade and poverty, and ensure continued teaching and research capacity-building services for Vi members in sub-Saharan Africa and the least developed countries.
First Vi videoconference on Review of Maritime Transport hosted by Colombia
Contributed by David Zavaleta   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 11:29

Twenty-five students of international business at Vi Colombian affiliate member, Universidad EAN in Bogota, gathered March 17 to discuss the findings of UNCTAD's Review of Maritime Transport (RMT) 2013.

The coordinator of the RMT team, Jan Hoffmann, presented 10 key long-term trends in international shipping, which related to demand, supply, markets, and future perspectives and challenges for the industry.

Concerning the demand side, Hoffmann began by describing the change in the position of emerging economies in international maritime transport. While being exporters of large volumes of raw materials and importers of high value (low volume) manufactured goods in the 1970, they "now also import raw materials and export manufactured goods."

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 07:08
Information Economy Report 2013 kicks off the Vi spring videoconference season
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Contributed by David Bicchetti   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:41

altTwenty-two students and lecturers from the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarus State Economic University gathered at the UNDP office in Minsk March 17 to discuss the findings of UNCTAD's Information Economy Report (IER) 2013. The report, entitled “The Cloud Economy and Developing Countries,” was presented by one of its authors, Scarlett Fondeur Gil of UNCTAD's Division on Technology and Logistics. 

The Permanent Mission of Belarus in Geneva was represented by its Counsellor, Aleksandr Tselyuk, who also contributed actively to the discussion.

Scarlett Fondeur started by explaining the rationale behind the theme of the report: the cloud economy is an emerging trend in the ICT sector, which has also raised a number of questions among policymakers, particularly in the past year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:13
University of Barcelona in Geneva for fourth Vi Study Visit
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Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:35

altFor their fourth annual study visit, 33 students of the International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO) programme at Vi core Spanish member, the University of Barcelona (UB), came to UNCTAD on February 25. The group represented 20 different nationalities from countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

During the first session of the programme, Hamed El-Kady, of UNCTAD's Division on Investment and Enterprise, introduced the group to international investment policies. In his presentation, he emphasized the practical implications of the fragmented, often overlapping, network of International Investment Agreements (IIAs) – both bilateral and regional – for national development strategies of developing countries.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 13:56
Fourth Chinese university joins Vi affiliate network
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:08

altA fourth university from China, the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), has joined the ranks of the Virtual Institute affiliate network today.

The first contact with the Dean of CUFE's School of International Trade and Economics (SITE), Yihong Tang, dates back to 2006 when she, at the time working at our core member, the University of International Business and Economics, attended a Vi workshop on quantitative tools for trade and trade policy analysis. The idea of a closer cooperation was taken up again following her appointment at CUFE and the participation of a colleague of hers, Dahai Fu, in the Vi project on trade and poverty in 2012.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:46
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