Capacity Building

Aim and Purposes

UNU-CRIS capacity-building activities are aimed at enhancing human resources and strengthening institution-building for regional integration (especially in developing countries). This implies human capacity-building, mainly through teaching for higher university programmes that involve students from developing or transition countries, and institutional capacity-building through training of public officials. The aim is to raise awareness of the potential beneficial effects of regional integration with a view to incorporating regional integration in national development strategies of developing countries, but also to warn against the related challenges, such as those linked to policy implementation. All capacity-building oriented activities of UNU-CRIS are based upon the principles and guidelines of the UNU system as embodied in the UN Charter.

Overview of Capacity Building Activities


UNU-CRIS offers students with an interest and background in regional integration studies and/or global governance the opportunity to take part in the activities of the Institute. Duties combine research and administrative tasks, based on the needs of the Institute at the time of the research stay. Internship are unpaid, and their duration may vary from three to six months.

For more information about the application procedure, consult the internship page.

Research Visits

Every year, UNU-CRIS gives the opportunity to PhD candidates and holders, as well as to researchers with a background or interest in regional integration to spend a research period in Bruges. Visiting Scholars are welcome to stay at UNU-CRIS from a minimum period of one month up to one year. Visiting Scholars may conduct their own research on a topic related to the academic research programmes of the Institute, or contribute to the training and capacity-building initiatives linked to the broad area of regional integration.

For more information, consult visiting scholars.

UNU-CRIS Simulation Game

The UNU-CRIS Simulation Game is designed for in class use by teachers to offer a better learning experience to their students, and can be used as part of a course (thus bearing credits), or simply as an exercise for students to practice their knowledge in class.

The participants are placed at a urgent special meeting of the European Council, tasked with preparing an agenda of how the EU proposes to tackle the ongoing refugee crisis. The Simulation Game can be played as either a one-day or three-hour session, and can be tailored depending on class structure, format and size. 

Download the Simulation Game here.

Doctoral Summer School on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism

The Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (UASB) and UNU-CRIS co-organise a Doctoral Summer School entitled Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism. The aim of this one-week Doctoral School is to bring together a group of Ph.D. students and young researchers for a series of lectures held by leading senior academics in the field of Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism and to discuss their research projects in tutorial sessions. The school is organised in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, OBREAL and LATN.

The sixth edition of the Doctoral Summer School took place in July 2017 in Quito, Ecuador. The targeted public is (mainly) doctoral students from all social science sub-disciplines in various stages of their research projects dealing with Latin American regionalism or comparative regionalism. The Doctoral School seeks to establish a new network of researchers dealing with regionalism, based at universities and other research institutions all over Latin America and beyond. The Doctoral School is bi-lingual (English-Spanish). For further information, please contact Pascale Vantorre.