TBS has just become the first tunisian university member of the Virtual Institute

Tunis Business School (TBS), part of the University of Tunis, has just become a member of the Virtual Institute, thus expanding Vi membership to 117 academic institutions in 58 countries.  TBS is the first Tunisian University to be part of the prestigious VI Network.
The idea of Vi membership gradually took shape since the participation of TBS’s Leila Baghdadi in the Vi online course on trade and poverty in 2012. It then further advanced in discussions with the Vi economist Cristian Ugarte, ultimately leading to the submission of a Vi application in June 2015. TBS thus became a second university from the second wave of the WTO Chairs to be simultaneously a Vi member. 
Officially established in 2010, TBS is the first public business education institution in Tunisia using English as the language of instruction. Through its teaching, research and outreach activities, it aims to prepare managers and leaders who can successfully compete in the global business environment. 
At the moment, TBS offers a Bachelor‘s degree in Business Administration which will open an specialization in economic analysis and policies in September 2015. The specialization will include courses on trade theory, trade policy, advanced microeconomics, advanced macroeconomics, econometrics, and international political economy. For the same date, the School plans launching a new Master’s programme in Economics which is currently undergoing an approval process by the Ministry of Higher Education. 

TBS’s research work covers a range of “trade and development” issues, such as trade and poverty, non-tariff barriers, trade in services, multilateral trade negotiations, WTO dispute settlement, exchange rate regimes, firms in international trade, and transparency in emerging markets. 

Our cooperation with the VI at UNCTAD will be coordinated by Leila Baghdadi, Associate Professor of Economics and WTO Chair Holder at TBS . Leila holds a PhD in International Economics, teaches courses on micro and microeconomics and trade policy, and focuses her research on RTAs, economic aspects of migration, and trade liberalization and poverty. She will receive support from several other colleagues. Among them are: Brahim Guizani, responsible for courses on micro and microeconomics and industrial economics and doing research on monetary policy; Amal Hili specialized in industrial organization and labour markets; Racem Mehdi working on trade policy, WTO dispute settlement and political economy of policymaking; and Sahar Mechri focusing on institutional and financial economics.

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