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Serbian university becomes 54th Vi core member
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 24 November 2014 15:14

The University of Belgrade today joined the Virtual Institute. The first Vi institution in Serbia, its membership brings the number of countries represented in UNCTAD's academic network to 54.

The first contact with the university was established through our colleague, Mohan Panicker, who put us in touch in 2012, after the university first hosted the UNCTAD flagship course on key international economic issues, for which he is responsible. Since then, we have been regularly in touch with his counterpart at the university, Predrag Bjelic, who was also the driving force behind his university's Vi application.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 16:36
Second Nigerian university member expands Vi affiliate network to 42
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Friday, 21 November 2014 11:54
Covenant UniversityNigeria’s Covenant University today joined the Virtual Institute, becoming the second university to represent the country in Vi’s academic network.
Located in Ota, Ogun State, in south-western Nigeria, Covenant was established in 2002. With an approach based on holistic human development and an integrated learning curriculum, the university’s vision is to prepare a new generation of leaders for the African continent.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 14:52
Latest Vi fellow designs new undergraduate trade programme for Kenya
Contributed by Susana Olivares and Vlasta Macku   
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00
Tabitha Kiriti Nganga (pictured, right), Vi coordinator at Kenyan core member, the University of Nairobi, developed the curriculum for a proposed Bachelor’s programme on international economics and trade during her Vi fellowship, October 6 to November 14.
The purpose of the programme is to prepare graduates to work in the government and the business sector, and to create a critical mass of students with a trade background for the university’s Master's in international trading systems.  
Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 11:37
TDR topic of first Vi videoconference for Tanzania
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
In its first videoconference for Tanzania, held November 10, the Vi gathered 31 students, staff and experts from Vi core member, the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, affiliate member, the Open University of Tanzania, and country offices of TradeMark East Africa in Tanzania and Kenya, to discuss the findings of the 2014 edition of the Trade and Development Report (TDR), November 10. The event was hosted by TradeMark East Africa, a non-profit organization supporting trade in the region.
The report was presented by co-author, Pilar Fajarnés, of UNCTAD's Division on Globalization and Development Strategies.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 15:39
Core German member students complete fourth annual Vi study visit
Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen and Susana Olivares   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
A group of 36 students and two lecturers from German Virtual Institute core member, HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, took part in a half-day training session at UNCTAD for the fourth consecutive year on November 7, as part of a Vi-organized study visit.
Alfredo Calcagno, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, introduced the students to the work and key objectives of UNCTAD, and presented the findings of the latest edition of the organization’s flagship publication, the Trade and Development Report (TDR).
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:08
Vi welcomes first Finnish university to its academic network
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:57
altThe University of Jyväskylä (JYU) has become the first Virtual Institute university member from Finland today, expanding Vi membership to 53 countries worldwide.
The contacts with potential members in Finland, the Vi's long-standing donor, were facilitated by Kent Wilska, Commercial Counsellor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, who brought the Vi to the attention of the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) in November 2012. The University of Jyväskylä, which is acting as a coordinator of the 10 universities associated in UniPID, decided to join the Vi in October 2014.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 16:01
First Vi capacity-building activity for Nepal trains 47
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
The Vi organized a workshop on Post-2015 development policies for 47 participants from core Nepalese member, Mid-Western University, as well as research institutes and national and international NGOs October 30 to November 1. 
Delivered by Rolf Traeger, of UNCTAD's Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, the workshop was complemented by a policy dialogue on millennium development goals (MDGs) and the least developed countries, attended by 30 participants from government and academia. 
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 16:44
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