A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


The East Siberia State University of Technology and Management (ESSUTM) joined the Virtual Institute today. The eighth university from the country in UNCTAD's programme for academic cooperation, its membership expands the Vi affiliate network to 44. 
Established in 1962, ESSUTM is located in the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, about 100 kilometres from Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. The university is one of the leading educational and scientific centres in Eastern Siberia, offering education, re-training and the enhancement of professional skills, including in the area of economics and law. It has a branch in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, and cooperation agreements with a number of universities in Europe, America and Asia.

The Vi will cooperate with ESSUTM's Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law. These faculties offer undergraduate and graduate programmes in public administration (with specializations in municipal management, and in public policies at the country level) and in law, as well as undergraduate programmes in international economics, trade policy, and customs operations, and a PhD programme in economic theory. Courses relating to "trade and development" and UNCTAD's work - such as macroeconomic policy, regional integration, international agreements, international financial relations, electronic commerce, international economic law, international financial law, comparative law, and many others - are part of these degree programmes.

Recent research undertaken by the two faculties, frequently for government authorities, covers areas such as integration of Russian regions into APEC markets; strategy of economic and social development of the Republic of Buryatia; economic evaluation of national wealth at the meso level; environmental and economic analysis of the Baikal region's national parks; alternative dispute resolution; comparative law; migration issues in international law; and contemporary Chinese and Mongolian law.
Cooperation with ESSUTM will be coordinated by Tatiana Dandarova, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law. Holder of a PhD in political science, she teaches courses on international economic law, international financial law and European law. Dandarova will benefit from the support of Tatiana Isakova, head of the Department of International Law, and teacher of international law and alternative dispute resolution, and Olga Osodoeva, head of the Department of Economic Theory, National and International Economics, and teacher of courses related to business and management in a global context. 
ESSUTM is ready to participate in joint research projects, in particular in the areas of regional economic integration, and environmental/economic analysis, as well as joint training programmes by the Vi and its members. They hope that cooperation and exchange of experiences with international organizations and universities in different parts of the world will help them strengthen their teaching and research of development-related issues.
For more information, visit ESSUTM's profile on the Vi website.