Blended learning examples

This is a demonstration of the UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade Programme Distance Learning Platform. It contains a multi-lingual sampler of some of our existing courses.

International Merchandise Trade Statitics (IMTS)

Overall objectives:

The main goals are to enhance statisticians’ ability to apply the most recent internationally agreed recommendations on IMTS, define best possible data sources, set up adequate (or enforce existing) collection systems, and enhance statistics compilation processes. Moreover, the course would communicate the importance of quality, metadata, timely dissemination, and links to economic analysis and national policy objectives. The blended learning approach would guide trainees on how to better use the internationally available guidance, especially the IMTS Concepts and Definitions 2010 and the related Compilers Manual.

Introduction of the course

M. Steve MacFerry, Head of UNCTAD Stats

Statistics on International Trade in Services (SITS)

A training package that directly addresses the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development has been developed jointly by UNCTAD, the World Trade Organization and the UN Statistics Division and has benefited from the close collaboration of the Inter-Agency Task Force on ‘Statistics of International Trade.

1 – Objectives

The main objectives of the course are to raise awareness of Trade in Services’ Statistics and its concepts, enhance statisticians’ ability to do their work, and to help them better understand the manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS 2010).

2 – Target Population

  1. Compilers and producers of data (Statistics on International trade in services, Balance of Payments (BoP), Business statistics, etc): BoP Statisticians (from Central Banks or National Statistical Institutes); Statistical Officers in Trade and Services; National Accountants; Business statisticians
  2. Data users: Ministries (Tourism, Trade, Economy, Finance); Other industry players (economists, lawyers, etc.)

M. Joakim Reiter, Former Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Legal Aspect of e-Commerce


This is a sample of the course that is available on the platform without the interaction. In this course the expert has been recorded in the United Nations Studio in Geneva. The full course is 5 weeks with Chat/Fora sessions and Evaluations for each of the 8 modules. In this example, participants study the course material and watch the online videos individually. The chat session (which is scheduled once a week) would be done in a group setup, one group participating from a training room in Kenya and another from a training room in Rwanda. Local tutors, trained by the TrainForTrade team in a regional Training of Technical Tutors workshop, manage the chat session. The Instructor of the course interacts with the two groups via the chatroom on the platform at the same time. TrainForTrade staff also connect to the chat to provide technical support.
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Port Management Programme


A programme for strengthening knowledge and human resources development of port communities

Begun in 1998 for French-speaking port communities in Africa, the Port Training Programme has supported port communities of developing countries in their quest to foster economic development by providing efficient and competitive services to facilitate trade. The port training programme consists of instruction over a two-year period. The course content is adapted to local conditions, and the final thesis is meant to identify challenges within the participants’ respective ports and propose concrete management solutions. More on the project >>>

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