The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities by universities and research institutions in developing and least-developed countries. 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 ofcurriculum development, research and outreach activities. The chair-holders are selected through a competitive process. Fourteen institutions were originally selected as WTO Chairs for a four-year term in 2009, and Center for World Trade Studies (CWTS) UGM was selected as one of the partners in the WTO Chairs Programme.

The main objectives of the Programme are to:

  1. provide teaching support for the development and delivery of courses on trade policy and WTO-related matters in academic institutions
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. build lasting relationships with institutions from developing countries by according financial support to beneficiary institutions for a maximum period of four years

After intensive cooperation in WCP scheme ended in 2013, CWTS UGM still in a good relationship and communication with WCP, especially in the activities of international forums, and some thematic research related to international trade.

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WTO Chairs Programme