A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


In November 2011, the Vi member in Mozambique since 2006, Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), asked the Vi for assistance in finding lecturers for its Master's programme in International Trade Law. 

The fourth edition of this bilingual (Portuguese-English) programme was scheduled for February-November 2012. UEM was looking for lecturers who could teach a wide range of international legal and economic issues: international economics; economic policy; trade policy; international financial markets; international trade law; regulations and markets; trade in agriculture; trade in goods; GATS and TRIPS; regional integration; trade remedies; dispute settlement; and research methods.

After a competitive selection, the university chose three lecturers from among the Vi members to teach in their Master's programme.

"For sure, we will use this tool for future selections for this programme," says Orquídea Massarongo Jona, deputy coordinator of the Master's programme.

On the students' side, 27 candidates (26 from Mozambique and 1 from Brazil working in Mozambique) were selected to attend. A great part of the students are professionals working in the government, banks or companies; others are academics or young students following the Master after having completed their undergraduate studies.

One of the selected lecturers was the Vi coordinator at the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, Orlando da Silva. He delivered one of the first courses of the programme - a course on economic policy which took place from 6 to 11 February. In the course, which he taught in Portuguese, he covered topics such as economic systems, governance, supply and demand responses, structural adjustment, trade and economic development, with emphasis on developing countries.

"As the students were non-economists (all of them are lawyers), I had to go through basic concepts," da Silva said. "They participated during the discussions and the results of the tests showed that they studied the subjects. Looks like they have enjoyed it and I also found this experience very interesting."

It is already agreed that he will return to Maputo in August to teach the course on trade in goods. He said that the teaching materials developed by the Vi will be helpful for him in preparation for this course.