A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


Belgium's College of Europe today became the Vi's 50th core university member, joining Vi Think Tanks,  the European Policy Centre and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven, as the third institution to represent the country in UNCTAD's academic network.
Their interest in membership was triggered by the UNCTAD/WTO Practical Guide for Trade Policy Analysis we published in 2012. They found this material particularly effective for their students, who very often need to analyze and quantify trade policy outcomes and objectives. 

The College of Europe, with its main campus based in Bruges, is a uniquely positioned university focusing on teaching and research of the European integration process.  Its objective is to make students understand the political, legal and economic potential, as well as the challenges of this process, and thus prepare them for leadership functions requiring a strategic understanding of European issues. Its faculty is pan-European and the student body comes from over 50 countries around the world.
The Vi will cooperate with the European Economic Studies Department, whose flagship programme is the MA in European Economic Studies, an in-depth specialization in the economics of the European Union providing a comprehensive coverage of European economic integration (process, policies, market functioning, liberalization and regulation). The programme prepares graduates to enter the business sector, the European, international and national public sectors, and the non-governmental sector, and may also serve as a stepping-stone toward PhD studies. 
The College has an extensive research programme conducted through academic chairs and specialized research centres. Research outputs are published in several series, such as the Bruges European Economic Research Papers. The College's academic cooperation projects are managed by the Development Office. Some of these projects, such as those related to the development of a Master’s in regulation and competition at the University of Jordan, and the development of a Master’s in European politics and policies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations - involved current Vi members. 
The cooperation between the College of Europe and the Vi will be coordinated by Nadir Preziosi, who has a Master’s degree in economics and is currently undertaking PhD studies in international trade and applied economics. He teaches econometrics, economics of European integration, development economics, and courses related to EU macroeconomic, trade and competition policies, and growth and cohesion in the EU. His research interest are firm- and country-level competitiveness, and more generally, macroeconomic policies, globalization and development strategies. Also joining is David Rinaldi, holder of a PhD in development finance and applied economics, whose  teaching and research are oriented toward business issues and perspectives, and include macroeconomic environment for European business, the EU internal market, and corporate governance in the EU.
The College is ready to share information about its academic offer with the members of the Vi network. It has a large number of students coming from non-EU countries whom it supports through full scholarships which are also granted directly by the European Commission. It also has a programme for visiting scholars aimed at lecturers wishing to spend their sabbatical leave at the College or researchers interested in conducting research for PhD or post-doctoral projects.
The College expects that Vi membership will provide them access to relevant teaching resources on trade and development issues, and increase the interest in these subjects among their students. Furthermore, they hope that Vi membership will create opportunities of cooperation between their academic staff and Vi network members. 
For more information, visit the university profile on the Vi website.