UNWTO Silk Road Training and Capacity Building Programme


19 October 2017 - 29 November 2017


The UNWTO Silk Road Programme in cooperation with the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and the University of Valencia, and with support of UNIDO* and UNESCO, launches the UNWTO Silk Road Training and Capacity Building Programme in October and November 2017 in Madrid and Valencia, Spain. 
The Silk Road Training and Capacity Building Programme is a novel executive training initiative primarily aimed at NTA officials from the Silk Road countries participating in the UNWTO Silk Road Programme, university graduates aspiring to work within the tourism industry, and stakeholders interested in the development of the Silk Road as a sustainable and transnational tourism initiative.
Held in collaboration with the UNWTO.Themis Foundation, the operational instrument of UNWTO to deliver its education and training activities, and the University of Valencia, a UNWTO Affiliate Member who will also provide the setting and technical expertise necessary for this training, the project aims to develop technical expertise and raise the capacity building standards among Silk Road members by training NTA officials and university graduates in areas such as national and transnational cooperation, destination management and tourism route development.
The UNWTO Silk Road Training and Capacity Building Programme, with a total of 100 hours in class - 10 ECTS, will consist of: 
Online Course #1 on Strategic Tourism Planning and the Silk Road - 2,5 ECTS (19 October - 2 November 2017) 

Online Course #2 on Project Management and the Silk Road  -2,5 ECTS (3  – 17 November 2017)

Onsite Course in Madrid / Valencia, Spain (20 - 29 November 2017) 

The courses will be given by renowned lecturers from the University of Valencia and international experts from the tourism sector and beyond. The courses will have a practical and multidisciplinary approach by including presentations, debates and extensive group and fieldwork.
As part of the Silk Road training course, successful participants will be given the opportunity to work in the implementation of accorded projects through a volunteer programme.
To enquire about special conditions offered to the National Tourism Administrations of the UNWTO Silk Road Member States, please contact UNWTO Silk Road Programme  at silkroad@unwto.org.  
*United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes and accelerates inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. In 2016, UNIDO launched a project “Linking the tourism industry to product activities in the Issyk-Kul region of the Kyrgyz Republic”, which was developed at the request of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and financially supported from the voluntary contribution of the Russian Federation through the UNIDO Industrial Development Fund. The long-term objective of this three-year project is to stimulate economic growth and employment through promoting linkages between the tourism sector and related productive industries. The project will strengthen the processing capacity and market access of select agro-industries. Value adding activities in selected agro-industries and light manufacturing have the potential to lift rural population out of poverty through providing additional employment and income generating opportunities in addition to advancing country’s image abroad as an attractive tourist destination.