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18th Colombian university joins Vi
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 18 August 2014 16:41
Bogota's Universidad de La Salle joined the Virtual Institute today, bringing the number of Colombian university members in the network to a record 18.
The membership resulted from the initiative of Ricardo Buitrago, former Vi affiliate member coordinator of Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz.
The university was founded in 1964 with the mission to provide education and generate knowledge to contribute to the economic and social transformation of the country.  The Vi's counterpart at the university will be the School of Economics and Social Sciences.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:32
Vi fellowship advances development of international integration textbook
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
Vi fellow, Silvia Rozas, lecturer at Colombian affiliate member, Universidad del Norte, spent June 20 - July 25 in Geneva developing the content of a textbook on international integration for her undergraduate course for international business students. 
In the framework of the fellowship, the Vi facilitated meetings with experts from UNCTAD, WTO and ITC, who provided her with up-to-date, relevant information on issues of international integration theory and practice. Her stay was also an opportunity to exchange with Geneva-based Colombian government representatives to the WTO and UNCTAD, Gabriel Duque and Juan Camilo Saretzki-Forero.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:06
Vi network welcomes second Zambian university member
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:30

The Zambian Open University (ZAOU) joined the Virtual Institute network today, expanding the number of affiliate university members to 39.

Our first contacts date to 2011, when we were approached by Bonaventure Bowa, then economic policy advisor for the Canadian International Development Agency, with regard to cooperation on the development of a Master's programme in Trade, Development and International Relations. In the course of 2012, the Vi provided curricular advice for this programme, which was approved by ZAOU's Senate in 2013 and launched in January 2014. The university's Vi membership is thus the culmination of long-term cooperation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:17
Latest Vi fellow identifies sectors for growth and poverty reduction in Senegal
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
altMarème Ndoye (pictured, left), lecturer and researcher at Vi core Senegalese member, Cheikh Anta Diop University, spent her five-week (June 16-July 18) Vi fellowship identifying sectors in the Senegalese economy which have potential to create value added, and contribute to growth and poverty reduction.
With guidance from Piergiuseppe Fortunato, of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Ndoye completed the first draft of her research paper, “World demand and specialization of the Senegalese economy.”  The work highlights the issue of competitiveness, and aims to contribute to the Strategic Plan "Emerging Senegal" (Plan stratégique Sénégal Emergent), which sets ambitious national economic goals for 2035.
"Competitiveness is at the core of development strategies under globalization", Ndoye said during the discussion of her findings with Mamour Niang (pictured), First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Senegal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:29
Vi welcomes Belgian core university member
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 07 July 2014 10:45
Belgium's College of Europe today became the Vi's 50th core university member, joining Vi Think Tanks,  the European Policy Centre and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven, as the third institution to represent the country in UNCTAD's academic network.
Their interest in membership was triggered by the UNCTAD/WTO Practical Guide for Trade Policy Analysis we published in 2012. They found this material particularly effective for their students, who very often need to analyze and quantify trade policy outcomes and objectives. 
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 14:44
Dominican Republic appoints second think tank to Vi network
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:51

Empírica - Centro de Aplicaciones Económicas (Centre of Applied Economic Research) has been appointed by the Goverment of the Dominican Republic as the second think tank to represent the country in the Vi's network. The addition of Empírica brings the number of Vi think tanks to 15.

Contact with Empírica began when UNCTAD colleague, Amelia Santos-Paulino, of the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, met with the think tank's director of inter-institutional relations in May 2014. Membership formalities were then completed speedily after the first direct contact with the Vi in June.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:20
Seventh Russian university joins the Vi
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:37

The Russian Foreign Trade Academy (RFTA) today became the seventh institution to represent the Russian Federation in UNCTAD’s programme for academic cooperation. The country now ranks second, along with Brazil, in the number of Vi university members, just after Colombia.

RFTA's cooperation with the Vi has been encouraged by the Ministry of Economic Development, to which the Academy is affiliated. Other factors contributing to their interest in Vi membership have been the positive experience of the current Vi members in Russia and the wish of the Academy itself to expand its international academic cooperation network.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:29
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