Turkey's Istanbul Gedik University joined the Virtual Institute January 9, becoming the Vi's 55th affiliate institutional member. The second university from Turkey in the network, was founded in 2010 by Turkey’s Gedik Holding, the university cooperates with industry to provide students theoretical knowledge coupled with hands-on training to equip them with the necessary qualifications and skills in demand inthe national and international competitive industrial and business environment.
Eighty-two academics, policymakers and representatives of civil society in 60 countries successfully completed the first edition of the Virtual Institute online course on structural transformation and industrial policy. Held November 1 to December 19 with funding from the Government of Finland, the course succeeded in preparing participants to contribute to policy design and enrich their academic work.
“The course has opened up a wide landscape of knowledge and skills we Least Developed Countries need to emulate in our quest for structural transformation with the aim of catching up with modern industrialization trends geared toward ending poverty,” said Themba Simelane, trade practitioner at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade in Swaziland.
Master's students from Vi Pakistani core university member, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA),took part in a videoconference delivered by UNCTAD expert Ricardo Gottschalk, December 8. About 150 students from the business school attended the conference, based on UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report, entitled “Beyond Austerity: Towards a Global New Deal.”
Ricardo Gottschalk, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, discussed the recent trends in the world economy and highlighted the current economic fragility in the context of a weak global demand. The presentation also provided a discussion of the main contributors to rising inequality in the global economy, including automation (and the use of robots), financialization and growing corporate market power.
Academics, policymakers and representatives of civil society in developing countries and countries with economies in transition are invited to apply to participate in the first edition of the Virtual Institute online course on structural transformation and industrial policy.
The seven-week course, scheduled November 1 to December 19, is open to candidates involved in research, teaching, policy formulation and implementation, or field work in the area of development.
Applicants must hold a Master's degree in economics, international relations or political science, with coursework in development economics. Excellent knowledge of English, including technical terminology, is also required.
Candidates must complete the online application process, as well as submit a photo, current CV and nomination letter from their institution, by October 22.
Eighty-three academics and government officials from 47 countries successfully completed the third edition of the Virtual Institute online course on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Data Collection, held July 10 to August 27. Developed by the Vi and the Trade Analysis Branch (TAB) of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, this year's delivery was funded by the Government of Finland.
According to the evaluation questionnaire, all respondents found that the knowledge acquired during the online course enhanced their knowledge of non-tariff measures, and helped them understand the policy issues that their countries face in international trade. They also felt prepared to collect, classify and/or analyze NTMs in their countries.
This research (impact of a trade agreement between Morocco and UEMOA) is very concrete and of great interest to policymakers. Such evaluations should precede the conclusion of all agreements the country may sign.
Mamour Niang, First Counsellor
Permanent Mission of Senegal