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Thank you for your interest in the first edition of our online course on Structural Transformation and Industrial Policy, to be held November 1 to December 19.

In an effort to enhance knowledge about the links between structural transformation, industrial policy and development, the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) developed this online course for stakeholders in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The seven-week course is based on the Vi teaching material on structural transformation and industrial policy. It will be tutored by the lead author of the material and author of the online course, Francesca Guadagno

The course targets academics (from universities and research centres), policymakers, and representatives of civil society in developing and countries with economies in transition involved in research, teaching, policy formulation and implementation, or field work in the area of development.Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must hold a Master's degree in economics, international relations or political science, and have completed courses in development economics. Excellent knowledge of English, including technical terminology, is also required. 

Thanks to support from the Government of Finland, participants selected to attend the course will be exempt from the fees associated with access to the course and e-tutoring services provided. Participants will also receive a hard copy of the Vi teaching material on structural transformation and industrial policy, as well as the course materials on DVD free of charge.

Participants with passing grades in the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Your application must include a completed application form, detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of nomination from your institution indicating its support of your application, and explaining how your participation in the course will contribute to your future work and the work of the institution.

The deadline for applications is October 22. Applications received thereafter or incomplete applications will not be considered. Selected participants will be notified October 25.

Candidates who have already submitted applications need not reapply, but must ensure their contact information is up to date. Also recommended is to review, complete and strengthen their responses as needed. Please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., should you not wish to be considered for this edition of the course.

For assistance with the online application process, as well as for further information or clarification about this course, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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