Three junior lecturers from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, completed their six-week fellowships at UNCTAD on 14 December 2007.
Under the guidance of mentors from UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities, they worked on research assignments of specific relevance for their country - on the liberalization of financial services under GATS, regional integration, and fiscal regime for the mining sector.
As part of UNCTAD's research and technical cooperation activities on management of external debt of developing countries, the UNCTAD Virtual Institute and the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies have launched a new e-learning module on debt sustainability analysis (DSA).
The training module is targeted at policy makers, debt analysts, practitioners, as well as academics, and is prepared as part of a secretariat technical assistance project on Capacity Building for Debt Sustainability in Developing Countries.
UNCTAD's New Technologies, Training and Capacity Building Branch (NTTCB) - the Virtual Institute's home within UNCTAD - organized the fifth meeting of the "UNCTAD Advisory Group on the Strengthening of Training Capacities and Human Resources Development" on 26 November in Geneva.
In the fastest application procedure in the history of the network, the University of Nairobi's School of Economics today became member number 23 of the Virtual Institute.
"We met with a very dynamic lecturer from the University of Nairobi at the trade and poverty workshop in Tanzania last month," said Vi's Chief Vlasta Macku. "Tabitha immediately began negotiations to admit her university into the network, and she got it all done in less than two weeks!"
In a video conference held December 10, UNCTAD presented its World Investment Report 2007 to two Russian Vi member universities actively engaged in trade and investment training and research - the State University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, and St. Petersburg State University.
In addition to masters students and staff from the two universities, the videoconference gathered a varied audience that included government representatives (Ministry of Economic Development and Trade in Moscow, and Geneva's Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation), the press (two daily newspapers in Moscow and a TV channel in St. Petersburg) and the Director of the British Council office in St. Petersburg, whose facilities hosted the event.
The videoconference was moderated by Tatiana Isachenko, Vi coordinator at HSE, Olga Trofimenko from St. Petersburg State University, and Vlasta Macku, Chief of the Virtual Institute.
The Vi is a space where a lot of opportunities and support for professional development arise. We found intellectual partners in the development debate, contributed our research, and benefited from fellowships for two of our young professors.
Valentina Delich, Vi member coordinator