The aim of the Academic Institutions Program is to support access to higher intellectual property (IP) education, especially to individuals from developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and countries with economies in transition.
One of the main means of achieving this aim is through the Joint Master’s Programs on IP, offered in cooperation with selected academic institutions in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Several of the Joint Master’s Programs are also organized in cooperation with sub-regional and national IP administrations. The curricula and syllabi are jointly developed by the WIPO Academy and the respective partner institution.
Scholarships for these Joint Master’s Programs are available to qualified nationals from relevant public sector institutions and universities in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition. Their applications must be supported by their respective Governments and academic institutions. Interested candidates from developed countries are also welcome to apply and, if admitted, must finance their tuition, accommodation and travel costs.
Courses are taught by skilled and experienced faculty members. Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, group discussions, in some cases practical training and distance learning. Where possible, participants are given the opportunity for a hands-on experience through internships at WIPO, certain regional IP offices, national IP offices or in private companies.
Additionally, the Academic Institutions Program provides support to universities and teaching institutions who are seeking to offer IP higher education in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition. The main form of such support is in curricula development, provision of IP text books and reference materials, and support for guest lecturers to participate in higher education courses on IP.
The Program also provides training opportunities for teachers of IP through the Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property, which is jointly organized with the World Trade Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland.