UNU-MERIT, ITU Academy Training Centre

UNU-MERIT is an ITU Academy Training Centre, as part of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU’s) Academy Training Centre programme. This programme takes the ITU’s capacity development work forward into the future. It will directly contribute to building knowledge and skills among professionals in the ICT field, thus enabling them to contribute to – and fully participate in – the digital transformation.

ITU Academy Training Centres (ATCs) are internationally recognised institutions offering high-quality training to intermediate and senior personnel, with a focus on the needs of developing countries. ATCs are the core capacity development partners of the ITU, delivering first-rate courses that address the most important training topics, as identified by ITU’s membership.

Course Offering

In the framework of the ITU Academy Training Centre, UNU-MERIT is offering a fully online course this autumn, details below:

Economics of Innovation

Course dates: 4 September – 27 October 2023
Application deadline: 15 August 2023

This online course aims to provide an introduction to the main theoretical and empirical issues surrounding the economic analysis of innovation. In particular, the course will discuss how innovation emerges in modern economies and how it interacts with the dynamics and evolution of industries.

The course will examine the following:
✅  alternative ways of conceptualising innovation;
✅  the sources and procedures of innovation;
✅  the relationship between market structure and innovation;
✅  the trade-offs and dilemmas in terms of strategy and social welfare which characterise innovative environments.

This course was conceived as an introductory course to students with a limited background in the innovation studies tradition. It uses simple microeconomic and industrial organisation models as well as empirical and historical evidence on the evolution of industries and case studies.


For further details on the course and information on how to apply, please follow this link to the ITU Academy website. You will need to apply through the ITU website.

Payment details
Once you have applied to the course and have been accepted, you will need to secure a spot in the training by payment through bank transfer. This transfer is required before your spot can be confirmed. Please find here below the payment details:
– IBAN NL05 INGB 0657 618705
– Swift or BIC code: INGBNL2A
– Beneficiary: Maastricht University
– Bank name: ING Business Banking
– Bank address: P.O. Box 1800 1000 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
– Payment specification/reference: [your last name] 45320004240N

Once you have applied through the ITU website, and payment is received by UNU-MERIT, you will receive further details on how to access the course.

If you have any questions, please reach out to UNU-MERIT’s Capacity Development Office: cdo@merit.unu.edu

The details of the following course offering for 2024 will be published on this webpage in autumn 2023.


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