The University of Zimbabwe (UZ), the largest in the country, today joined the Virtual Institue, extending the reach of UNCTAD's academic network to 86 institutions from 45 countries across the globe.

UZ's membership was spearheaded by economics lecturer Albert Makochekanwa, a participant of the October 2011 Vi workshop on trade and trade policy analysis and the 2013 Vi online course on trade and poverty.
The Vi will cooperate with the Department of Economics of UZ's Faculty of Social Studies. The oldest department at the university, the Department of Economics aims to be a centre of excellence in economics teaching and research in Zimbabwe and Africa.
The department offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in Economics which comprise courses in international, development, environmental, agricultural, industrial, natural resources, and monetary economics, as well as quantitative methods, international trade theory and policy, and macroeconomic theory and policy. The department also delivers an executive certificate in International trade and finance, which features courses on regional integration and multilateral trading system, international trade finance, and customs management, among others.
Makochekanwa will serve as coordinator of UZ's cooperation with the Vi. A PhD in Economics, he teaches courses on international economics; international trade theory and policy; international trade and finance; regional integration and multi-lateral trading system; customs theory, management and practice; econometrics; macroeconomics; and managerial economics. His areas of research include trade flows (intra-industry and inter-industry trade, textiles, agri-food products), trade liberalization, migration/trade in services' mode IV, inequality, regional integration, and inflation/currency issues.
He is joined by Fanuel Hazvina, responsible for courses on international trade theory and policy; essentials of international trade theory and policy; regional integration and the multilateral trading system; customs theory, management and practice; environmental economics; and natural resources economics. Fanuel has published on regional integration, South-South FDI, Economic Partnership Agreements, and trade and climate change.
UZ is ready to contribute to Vi network research on topics such as trade and poverty in the context of Southern Africa. The university expects its participation in the Vi to support the design of course outlines and teaching materials, and provide staff training opportunities through short courses, exchange programmes and online courses.
For more information, visit the university profile on the Vi website.