University of Economics and Business - VNU is selected into WTO Chairs Programme

A research group led by Dr. Vu Quoc Huy, Dean of Faculty of Development Economics - University of Economics and Business, VNU, has been selected as one of the chairs under the WTO Chairs Programme (WCP). This programme was launched by The WTO Secretariat at the end of January 2010 to support teaching, research and outreach activities at 14 universities within developing countries.

WCP will assist national academic institutions in providing students with a deeper understanding of trade policy issues. Through analytical input into the formulation and implementation of trade policy, the WCP will help strengthen the participation of the beneficiary countries in international trade.

From a total of 70 proposals received, 14 projects were chosen through a competitive selection process involving the WCP Advisory Board. The board is comprised of 21 scholars and experts from around the world who will contribute to all substantive decisions in respect of the programme.

In making their selections, WCP Advisory Board took into account a number of criteria, including: networking; the newness and update of programmes; development of young scholars; capacity-building and sustainability; joint implementation with other institutions; and utilization of resources.

The research group at UEB - VNU plans to carry out two set of activities: research activities and training on trade issues. These two contents are designed in such a way to ensure strong linkages between them and the cohesion of the whole project. Outputs and expected results from research activities will be used as inputs for training on trade issues.

The research activities will include: eight biannual trade and macroeconomic update reports, one technical research paper, four annual dialogues and one seminar to report and debates on research findings. The training activities will include seven short training courses on trade policies and WTO related issues.

For the full lists of selected institutions please visit here.

Nguyen Thu Hang (ODE)

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