The Virtual Institute sponsored a two-week lecture series delivered by Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko, of Vi core member, Université du Burundi, for Master’s students at affiliate member, Kenya’s Moi University, May 9-21. Part of the Vi’s South-South teaching capacity-building services, the activity was funded by the Government of Finland.

During his stay, Ndayitwayeko, member coordinator and former Vi fellow, taught courses on trade competition and competitiveness and on research in international economics for students of Moi’s Master’s in Economics.

The first course introduced the topic of competition and competitiveness, as well as the analytical trade competitiveness diagnostic tools needed to develop research papers on international trade. Ndayitwayeko used content from the Vi teaching material on competitiveness and development to enrich his lectures.

The second course focused on the various aspects and practical application of research methodology. Through lectures and group discussions, as well as hands-on exercises, students acquired knowledge on theories, data sources, methodologies and approaches required to conduct economic research.

Also included were sessions on the ethics of economic research; the overall design of a research project; drafting materials for dissemination of findings; assessing topic literature; and the use of the Stata statistical software in economic analysis.

The content of the course benefited from skills gained by Ndayitwayeko through the Vi workshops on trade analysis and trade and development, as well as online courses on trade and poverty and non-tariff measures. Teaching materials included the Vi/WTO book, “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis.”