On November 15-20, 2021, St Petersburg University conducted the international online school “Economic Development and International Trade After Pandemic (EDITAP)” under the WTO support.

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Department of World Economy at St Petersburg University is the only Russian institution and one of the leading think-tanks on trade policy supported by the WTO Chair Programme. Under the framework of the WTO grant, the Department organized the first online school on contemporary trends in international trade on the eve of the WTO Ministerial Conference.

Prof. Werner Zdouc, Director of the Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WTO Chairs Programme Division of the WTO, and Ms. Elizabeth Tuerk, Director of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, gave the welcoming words for the EDITAP school and highlighted the significant role of the World Economy Department as an expert center on trade policy issues. The Head of the World Economy Department and the WTO Chair holder Prof. Sergei Sutyrin indicated the unique goal of the school to share the expertise with students from various countries and regions: Argentina, Chile, China, India, Iran, France, Germany, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Turkey. 

The World Economy Department staff and professors from foreign universities, as well as business representatives and government officials, conducted classes at the EDITAP online school. The school provided knowledge in modern studies on international trade such as digital trade, GVC, infrastructural development, RTAs challenges, public health, and IP rights protections. The students worked on their projects in multicultural groups. On the last day, they presented the results of their group work and demonstrated the clear advantages of analyzing the topical issues on international trade from perspectives of various countries and regions. Mr. Dmitriy Tonkov, a counselor of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the WTO, joined the school at the final day and shared with the students the up to date agenda of trade negotiations for the future MC-12. 

Student reviews about the school:

Francesca Faella (Sciences Po, Paris, France): “Seminars have been extremely useful and informative, I feel I have learned a lot. It was really a worthy experience. The organisation and the professors were great. I would not change anything. The only pity is not being able to meet in person”.

Mohammad Arif (O. P. Jindal Global University, India): “I liked the open platform for learners and the opportunity to learn highly skilled professors. Add some program of guidance like how to join Russian and European universities for pursuing higher education”. 

Pedro Agustin Darboure (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina): “I really enjoyed it a lot since I am interested in the topics covered in it. I knew most of the topics covered, but not the new approach that is given. Thank you very much for everything, I hope to do more courses with such kind people at this university.”