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Laura da Costa Ferré (left) receives international award for her research work.Virtual Institute member Laura da Costa Ferré, of Universidad de la República in Uruguay (UdelaR), reports great news. Not only did she successfully complete her Master's degree, but she also received an international award for her research work.

Da Costa Ferré, who benefited from the Vi-University of Barcelona (UB) offer for Vi members to follow UB's Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO), received an excellent score on her Master's thesis, Diagonal Cumulation of Rules of Origin in South America, and expects her diploma any day now.

Her excellent research skills were also rewarded at the Global Development Network (GDN) annual conference held in Prague last month, where her research proposal, co-written with UdelaR colleague, Dayna Zaclicever, won the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development. The award carries cash prizes of US $30,000 plus travel expenses to GDN's annual conference.

The paper, Survival of Uruguayan manufacturing firms in a trade openness process," aims to analyze the impact of trade openness and regional integration on Uruguayan firms’ performance according to their different market orientation, in order to assess whether there are identifiable winners and losers of these processes."

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