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

Summer School


Summer School on catalyzing the Digital Future: Digital transformation for sustainability

Course dates: Start Date: 
Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands
The summer school is a university-level course of one week, which takes place in the Netherlands, between 1-5 July 2024. The summer school aims at introducing the topics of sustainable digital transformation through different sub-topics, including but not limited to digital emerging technologies, digital farming and e-waste management. The summer school will allow participants to become familiar to the jargon surrounding digital transformation and sustainability issues through lectures and interactive sessions. Moreover, participants will be introduced to the academic literature on the topics of digital emerging technologies, sustainable agriculture and digital farming, e-waste management, AI and sustainability. With the generous support of Global Gateway, participation is provided free of charge for selected applicants, including accommodation (from 30 June to 4 July included, five nights in total), meals, and other organized activities for a comfortable and immersive learning experience. Participants or their organizations will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and within Maastricht. Please note that the summer school is planned to finish on 5 July after lunch.
Entry requirements
  • Education: We require participants to have a completed BSc or BA (or equivalent) in Social Sciences (Economics, Public Policy) or related discipline (e.g. Engineering, Political Science).
  • Language: Fluency in English is required
  • Job profile and country: Participants must be working on topic related to digital transformation.
  • Government officials and policy makers from developing countries are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Employees in other public and private as well as non-governmental entities working in the field of digital development and digital technology may also participate.
  • Gender balance and geographic diversity will be observed.

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


Online courses

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

Governance of AI

Course dates: 19 March-06 May 2024

Applications closed

The disruptive technology of artificial intelligence (AI) shapes human lives and transforms societies. Artificial Intelligence systems increasingly assist and even replace human decisions in military, judicial, policing, healthcare, transport, financial, education, or social protection fields. As artificial intelligence (AI) technologies spread worldwide, international, national, and transnational discussions have increasingly focused on their consequences.
The regulation of AI technologies has recently become a worldwide priority, given the unintended and unpredictable consequences of the uncontrolled diffusion of AI related to democracy, human rights, fundamental freedoms, security, and economic and social development. Different international and national governance frameworks were developed in international and national areas.

The course introduces the foundations for understanding the complexity of AI governance by introducing the ethical, normative, stakeholders and technical dimensions. Each dimension reflects different challenges and dilemmas of designing AI governance structures, which will explore the benefits and limit the threat of this technology to society, the economy and functioning governance systems. The four modules of the course will equip participants with practical knowledge and tools to navigate the complex landscape of AI governance.


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.

The course is open for applications from all interested professionals, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, economic status and other diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage registrations from female applicants, and applicants from developing countries (includes least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries).



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

After you have completed the bank transfer, please send a proof of payment to the following email address: cdo@merit.unu.edu.
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


  • Terms and Conditions

    Please notice that the course follows the Terms and Conditions from the ITU Academy.

    Please note the, in addition, the following UNU-MERIT terms apply:

    Terms for cancellation

    • Cancellation is possible with full reimbursement minus 100 euro registration fee, up to the deadline of registration.
    • Reimbursement of 50 percent of the tuition, up to 2 working days before the start of the course.
    • No reimbursement of tuition if cancelled within 2 working days before start of the course or after the programme started.
    • Course offerings are confirmed if minimal number of participants are signed up. In case this number is not reached, the CDO team will reach out and communicate options for rescheduling, within a week after the deadline.
  • Previous courses

    Economics of Innovation, Autumn 2023

    The course aims at providing 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 sectors. The course will examine alternative ways of conceptualizing 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 characterize innovative environments. This course is an introductory course to students with a limited background in the innovation studies tradition. It uses simple micr oeconomic and industrial organization models as well as empirical and historical evidence on the evolution of industries and case studies.


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