The WIPO Academy is the core entity in WIPO for training and human capacity-building activities, particularly for developing countries, LDCs and countries in transition. The Academy acts as an in-house center of excellence on training, including professional training; a catalyst for networks and partnerships to expand the range and impact of training opportunities at the national level; an open-access on-line clearing house of information on all WIPO training activities, tools and services; a unique and multi-lingual provider of on-line distance learning and training; and a hub of virtual network of partners, experts and teachers in development-oriented IP training.
In the biennium 2014/15, the Academy embarked on a gradual and consistent reform process to reposition the Academy as the organization-wide vehicle for professional training and capacity-building.
In working to attain the objectives of its reform, the Academy will draw on its experience and comparative advantages. These include its neutrality, credibility and brand name; its prior investments in training and teaching materials and tools including its distance learning platform; its large international network of experts, teachers and tutors; its long-standing cooperation and partnership with national and regional institutions; its diverse linguistic content; its experience in identifying and catering to the training priorities and needs of Member States and other stakeholders; and its non-profit status.
The Academy will work closely with all concerned Sectors in the Organization to develop regular and effective processes and mechanisms for internal consultations, planning and information sharing for identifying and responding in a timely and efficient manner to training needs and requests.
The Academy will continue to review and update the content of its training materials and distance learning courses, in close cooperation with the concerned substantive sectors in WIPO, tutors, renowned experts and professors. Emphasis will also be placed on translation into different languages where a clear demand has been identified. Efforts will be made to develop ICT tools that would enable more effective administration and delivery of the distance learning courses. Priority will be given to promote a larger participation of women in the Academy’s programs as well as equal geographical distribution in all instances where the Academy has selection prerogatives. The Academy will also seek to improve its evaluation tools in order to draw upon lessons learned and thereby adapt training programs to better meet training requirements for intended beneficiaries.
In the delivery of its programs in the 2016/17 biennium, the Academy will endeavor to develop new partnerships with national and regional institutions in Member States. Such partnerships would have the objective of developing national expertise and long-term local capacities, enhancing impact and extending geographical outreach. A policy with specific criteria and conditions for partnerships will be developed.
In 2016/17, the Academy will in particular focus on:
Professional Development Program: A set of core training courses covering high priority topics will continue to be delivered to government officials and public sector employees. A new set of courses will be carefully designed and developed to meet priorities established by Member States. The Academy will continue to assist Member States in the establishment of national Start-up Academies based on acquired experience and lessons learned as well as to help existing IP Academies become sustainable and part of an active IP Academy network.
Distance Learning Program: Some 35,000 participants worldwide follow each year the distance learning courses offered by the WIPO Academy. Their participation will continue to be facilitated by a dedicated registration and learning platform and the availability of a selection of 17 modules in eleven different languages. The Academy will also work to promote the use of its distance learning courses as a prerequisite for participating in certain specialized training activities organized by different sectors in WIPO.
Academic Institutions Program: The WIPO Academy will continue its support for graduate level education on IP through the joint Master’s programs. The current model will be revisited with a view to evolve the Academy’s role from granting scholarships to individual beneficiaries to a hybrid model where a varied range of advice and assistance will be offered to academic institutions, including by renowned academic institutions with which WIPO maintains close and privileged cooperation. An emphasis will be placed on developing new and improved IP courses and curricula with more national and regional focus, promoting the use of national and regional expertise, developing local capacities and talents, and using ICT platforms, such as the DL platform, to provide for necessary material and instruction. A limited number of summer schools will continue to be jointly organized with existing and new partners on a rotational basis, taking into consideration factors such as partners’ contributions, geographical location, linguistic balance and program sustainability.
While the WIPO Academy cooperates with most Programs of the Organization for the development and delivery of tailored training programs, the below diagram illustrates those Programs with which the Academy has the most regular day-to-day cooperation.
The decrease of financial contribution from partner institutions may impact the delivery of the training programs and the establishment of new training courses.
Continuous discussions with current and prospective new partner institutions
In a fast-changing technological and IP landscape, user expectations and preferences are also evolving rapidly. The content interface, graphics and IT platform of distance learning courses can become outdated
Feedback surveys from DL students and tutors. Engagement of experts to review courses and modernize platforms
IP content of the training programs of the Academy could become misaligned in relation to emerging global challenges and developments of the IP system.
Continuous assessment and feedback from stakeholders in Member States as well as training partners, participants, tutors and experts contributing to WIPO Academy activities
III.2 Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition
% of trainees and supervisors who are satisfied with the training programs developed based on training needs assessment exercises.
Enhanced balance in geographical distribution of summer schools
RESOURCES FOR PROGRAM 11
Overall resources for Program 11 are increasing in 2016/17 by 13.9 per cent compared to the 2014/15 Budget after Transfers. The increase is primarily due to (i) the internal redeployment of resources to the WIPO Academy in support of the ongoing reform process and (ii) the budgetary provision for the new DA project “Cooperation with Judicial Training Institutes in Developing and Least Developed Countries”.
Program 11: Resources by Result
(In thousands of Swiss francs)
Program 11: Resources by Object of Expenditure
(In thousands of Swiss francs)
Funds in Trust Potentially Available for Programming in 2016/17 (BY PROGRAM)1
(in thousands of Swiss francs)
1The figures do not include interest and exchange rate adjustments. It should also be noted that these funds generally provide for activities spanning a period of time exceeding or overlapping a single biennium, as income is received and expenditure incurred.
2These figures are purely indicative and are based on previous funding patterns. They do not represent Member States' commitments except in those cases where the FIT Agreement includes such a commitment.
3The Expected Balance end 2015 takes into account encumbrances and obligations.