The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) project launched last year, and involving three Vi university members, is generating big ideas at  the Foreign Trade University (FTU), Vi's Vietnamese member.

Led by Swiss Vi member, the World Trade Institute (WTI), the four-year project aims to create "an academic network to develop regional competence centers for trade law and policy."

The first step, producing a critical mass of competent academics in the country, is well on its way, as nine FTU lecturers have undergone training at WTI. What's more, FTU plans to launch a one-year Master's programme emulating WTI's flagship, the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE).

"The courses will be taught in English and focus on legal and economic perspectives in international trade regulation," said Dao Ngoc Tien (pictured, second from left) during a recent visit to the Vi. "WTI will help FTU develop and run the programme by sending professors to Vietnam, as well as providing scholarships for PhD, Master's and short course training in WTI."

Dao is one of the FTU lecturers selected to take part in the capacity-building project, which has already generated one Master's graduate and eight summer academy (short training) participants.  In the next two years of the project, WTI will also train one PhD, three Master's and two rounds of four FTU summer academy participants.

For more information, read our previous report on this project.