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Background back to top
The WTO Chairs Programme was launched in 2010. It aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics and policy makers in developing countries through curriculum development, research and outreach activities by universities and research institutions.
Academic institutions awarded WTO Chairs receive support in the areas of curriculum development, research and outreach activities. The chair-holders are selected through a competitive process. Fourteen institutions were selected as WTO Chairs for a four-year term in 2009.
> The Current Chairs
Phase 2 back to top
The WTO has launched a call for tenders for Phase 2 of the WTO Chairs Programme, which will begin in 2014. Seven institutions will be added to the Programme. A selection process is currently under way.
Objectives of the Programme back to top
The main objectives of the Programme are to:
- provide teaching support for the development and delivery of courses on trade policy and WTO-related matters in academic institutions
- foster further research in trade-related matters and highlight the policy relevance of existing research — universities awarded a WTO Chair are expected to cooperate their counterparts in the Programme through joint research, shared lecturing arrangements and student/academic exchanges
- encourage outreach/communication — universities awarded a WTO Chair are expected to organize public activities aimed at disseminating research and promoting discussion regarding international trade and trade co-operation.
- build lasting relationships with institutions from developing countries by according financial support to beneficiary institutions for a maximum period of four years
Advisory Board back to top
The Programme is advised by an Advisory Board, an external body composed of experienced scholars whose role is to ensure the academic quality of outputs generated by Chair holders.
Current Advisory Board members