The WIPO Summer Schools provide an opportunity for university students and young professionals to acquire a deeper knowledge of IP, and how it can be used as a tool for sustainable development, as well as the role of WIPO in the administration and the provision of global IP services.
All Summer Schools share a common curriculum, format and duration, though some offer different degrees of specialization in certain areas of IP. Participants are exposed to various aspects of IP, including the international nature of IP protection and the interface between IP and other disciplines. The program takes an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented approach through the following methodologies:
- simulation exercises;
- group discussions on selected IP topics;
- panel discussions; and
- case studies.
The Summer Schools are aimed at university students, young professionals with a business and law background, and government officials whose duties may require them to have an understanding of how the international IP system functions and its intersection with other policy areas such as health, climate change, and agriculture.