From 14 to 18 May 2018, the Vi organized a series of six presentations for 17 students of the Master's programme in International Trade Policy of Vi core member, the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Presentations were delivered by experts representing all UNCTAD divisions, covering a very wide range of topics such as “FDI trends and impact on development”; “Trade Facilitation Agreement and UNCTAD’s work o the Caribbean”; “Post-2015 development agenda”; “Climate change and development”; “Competition policy: UNCTAD and the CARICOM region”; and “Structural transformation for inclusive and sustained growth.”
Approximately 120 undergraduate students from Vi core university member, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan, took part in a videoconference delivered by UNCTADs expert, Piergiuseppe Fortunato, May 4.
Fortunato, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, based his presentation on UNCTAD's latest Trade and Development Report, entitled “Beyond Austerity: Towards a Global New Deal.”
A group of around 20 students and professors from Virtual Institute core member, the Belarus State Economic University, took part in a videoconference on the main findings of UNCTAD’s World Investment Report (WIR) 2017 and related foreign direct investment (FDI) issues April 10.
The WIR is one of UNCTAD’s flagship reports. It consists of three parts: global and regional trends, policy trends and issues, and a thematic issue changing from year-to-year. In 2017, the WIR focused on the rise of the digital economy and its implications for FDI and development. The presentation of these topics was delivered by report co-author, Kalman Kalotay, Economist at UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise.
The Vi is now accepting applications from researchers and university lecturers from developing countries and countries with economies in transition for the fourth edition of its online course on trade and poverty analysis, scheduled for June 4 to August 19 2018. Funded by the Government of Finland, the course will provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of trade and trade-related policies on poverty and income distribution. In addition to strengthening teaching and research capacities in participants' countries, the course aims to support governments in the design of pro-poor trade policies conducive to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
All selected participants will be exempt from course fees, and will receive the course DVD including the Vi teaching material on trade and poverty, free-of-charge. As a hands-on technical course, the pedagogical approach emphasizes data manipulation and the use of econometric tools. Applicants must, therefore, have knowledge of Stata and trade theory and policy, as well as a Master's degree in Economics and excellent knowledge of English. Participants with passing grades in all course activities will receive a certificate of completion.
Applications, including CV and letter of institutional support, must be submitted online no later than May 13.
The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) joined the Virtual Institute today. Founded in 1946, the institution is the second from the country inthe Vi network, whose membership currently stands at 137 universities and think tanks in 64 countries.
PUCE is anational, private university offering undergraduate and graduate programmes to approximately 19,000 students through six campuses. In the past seven decades, PUCE hascontributed about 40,000 professionals committed to the sustainable development of the country.
I feel that the Virtual Institute represents a model for capacity building which is unparalleled. It is not only a mechanism, it’s not only a channel, but it is a forum where people get together and learn.
Fredrik Arthur, Gender Equality Ambassador
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway