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Program 08

Human Resources Development and the WIPO Worldwide Academy

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Background

This Program is dedicated to the development of human resources, a vital and strategic component of national and international efforts aimed at modernizing and effectively using the intellectual property system.  Through the WIPO Worldwide Academy (WWA), more focused and policy-oriented information sharing, orientation, and training activities are expected to result in greater outreach and a broader range of beneficiaries, including key policy advisers, development managers, and individuals from the commercial and business sectors.  Modern training content, facilities, mode of delivery, and training materials are some of the initiatives characterizing the human resources development activities under this Program.

Even before its official establishment in March 1998, the Human Resources Development Division and the WWA spent considerable effort to consolidate the basis of  the newly-established Program, continuing implementation of traditional activities, acquiring new technical facilities and skills, and planning a strategic approach to distance learning.

Objectives

Increase cost-effectiveness and strengthen the impact of existing human resources development programs, to maximize the use of national intellectual property systems.

Develop pilot multimedia materials for distance learning and awareness-building, in cooperation with other main programs (05, 06, 07 and others), and explore possibilities to develop appropriate teaching and training curricula for special categories of end users.

Sub-program 08.1

Information Technology-Based Training, Teaching and Advisory Services

Distance Learning Program

Prepared for launching this program by expanding institutional networking, elaborating project proposals, and evaluating the benefits of collaborative action with partners in distance learning (DL). In particular, organized a workshop with the United Nations Staff College (UNSC) in Turin, on “Distance Learning Design Methodologies”. Three WWA staff were trained on the process of DL design. Based on a “design document” produced at the workshop, the methodology will be practically applied to transform existing WIPO training materials into DL products.

Began collaboration with the International Training Center of the ILO (ITC/ILO) in Turin in training of trainers, training materials development and substantial intellectual property inputs, wherever appropriate, in upcoming seminars organized by the ITC, for the ILO, and other UN agencies.

Discussed the development of an instructional video and teachers’ guide on copyright, destined for school audiences and teachers, for distribution in different countries with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

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