A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


Vi officer-in-charge, Igor Paunovic (center) meets delegation of Vi affiliate member, the Central University of Finance and Economics On 6 June 2017, a delegation of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) from Beijing, China visited UNCTAD. The delegation included Mr. LiJunsheng,Professorof Economics and DeputyPresident of the Central University of Finance and Economics;Mr. Wang Ruihua, Professor and Dean of Business School of the CUFE; Mr. Wang Jun, Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of National Fiscal Development; and Mr. Li Hongbing, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Division of the CUFE.

The delegation met with the Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies (DGDS), Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, and the Officer in Charge of the Virtual Institute (Vi), Mr. Igor Paunovic. They gave the delegation an overview of the work being done in UNCTAD and the DGDS, as well as the ongoing and future activities of the Vi.

Thedelegation expressed their desireto seek possible collaboration between UNCTAD and the CUFE. The university is preparing to educate students to serve the international organizationsand wanted to get advice from the experts working in UNCTAD. Given that UNCTAD is the part of the United Nations that deals with trade and development, and related issues of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development, a collaboration on any of these topics is very welcome.

The University is inviting experts from international organizations to provide summer courses. The delegation invited UNCTAD experts to visit the University when they come to Beijing and to give a presentation on the topics of their expertise.

Mr. Kozul-Wright thanked the delegation on that invitation and suggested that he could give a presentation at the CUFE in September 2017 when he will be visiting the Ministry of Commerce of China in Beijing.

Regarding future collaboration, everyone agreed that the internship program of UNCTAD could allow students from the CUFE to advance their understanding of the trade and development issues.

Moreover, there is scope for collaboration between UNCTAD and the CUFE on topics such as international trade, public finance, taxation, and financial services. The University provides capacity building for financial experts in China on financial services and financial markets, and this could be a promising venue for further collaboration.