and Feedback of Participants of
UNITAR has successfully concluded its first six-week internet-based e-Learning course entitled 'Negotiation of Financial Transactions'. As part of this course, 184 participants from 67 countries successfully completed all course assignments and are eligible for a certificate. What follows is specific impressions and feedback of our e-participants relating to our e-Learing course. The messages below are posted at random and do not follow any particular order.
UNITAR course has more than fulfilled my expectations on what you can
obtain from an on-line training season. It has been perfectly conducted
by dedicated UNITAR staff as well as by excellent professors. Facilities
provided on the site were simply extraordinary whereas working material
have been produced with rigor and sufficient extension to cover the course
First of all I must say in a brief way that taking this course was a great
experience to share. I felt very connected to my fellow mates, and the
discussion forums were very interesting. I really enjoyed the reading
material (even though I must say that sometimes it was to much for me)
and I think that I've learned a lot. It was really worth it.
Maria Rita Martinengo
I think the course was very well organised and quite timely with the ever increasing decrease in donor funding of such in the third world. The material was very explicit and the forums ever so helpful.
The only place i think a modification would be nice is in terms of incorporating a chat room. That will take quite a bit but am sure it could be done.
Data Group, Debt Management Office
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the UNITAR elearning course, Negotiation
of Financial Transactions. The course format was designed very well,
such that it allowed participants from a large number of countries to
exchange their views and insights into the
I particularly enjoyed being able to interact with and learn from people with such different backgrounds and experience, and to benefit from the different perspectives that each brought to the discussion. Professor Daniel Bradlows responses and clarifications in the online discussions were also very interesting and helpful.
Finally, I would like to thank UNITAR for putting together this stimulating course and making it available to us, and to commend the technical team for the minimisation of glitches in the system.
The course is very useful for those involved in financial transactions
in one way or the other. It creates an understanding of sources of funds,
how to use tham and how to negotiate them. It is indeed an empowering
tool for anybody involved in financial transactions. The course is very
interactive and the approach is good enabling self study. Discussions
group allow for enriching discussions among the students themselves and
for any questions the course coordinator is always at hand to provide
The course on negotiation of financial transactions is exhaustive, extensive and intensive. Considering the fact that participants are always engaged with their routine work, I am suggesting that UNITAR Board continue assessing the performance of participants solely on the quiz. Except the Board review their mandate of taking quizzes say after two weeks, but it will be very much difficult for participants to fully participate on the discussion board not alone read other sets of materials required for courses.
With the help of UNITAR to achieve the dream of participants i.e. awarding Diplomas for a set of courses completed by participants, I am suggesting that measures be put in place for participants to attempt quizzes at most three times in order to obtain the required grade before a diploma be awarded.
In addition to the excellent courses UNITAR has started organizing, I am suggesting that UNITAR widen its scope to cover fiscal and macroeconomic issues considering the fact that fiscal policy has been central to the success of Norways economic strategy (Norway 1998 Article IV Consultation, Preliminary Conclusions of the Staff Mission October 27, 1998).
On my part, despite the pending nature of my job, which I was doing and will always do perfectly, I was able to read, memorize and answer questions within the stipulated time frame and obtain the minimum required grade. I was very much impressed about it and Bravo to me.
On the part of UNITAR, the materials provided for the course were excellent. By that I mean, easy to comprehend, consistent, you name them.
For the simple fact that this is my first
time of undertaking such a task over the internet, a lot of experience
was gained and will continue to be gained if such courses are quickly
Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU)
Ministry of Finance
UNITARs Negotiation of Financial Transactions course was my first e-learning course and I am happy that it turned out well for me. I found the materials very informative and I appreciate the way the materials were presented in plain and simple language. The prompt responses of Prof. Bradlow to questions were very encouraging. The discussions heightened my interest in the various aspects of financial transactions.
I have benefited immensely from the course and as a matter fact, I am already applying what I learned to my work. The course helped me get a more meaningful perspective of financial transactions. That has allowed me to better appreciate my role in the whole process. It has also inspired me to examine how financial transactions are processed in my organization with the end in view of recommending ways to improve it.
Many thanks, UNITAR!Ramil E. Bugayong
Department of Finance
At the end of this course, I want to thank all the UNITAR Team, Directors
for the quality of course's materials, and all the participants on the
course for their contributions.
I´m very exited and very proud for completing this course and be eligible for a UNITAR certificate. This course was very enlightening because of the new knowledge I've gained. It was also very challenging, I had to work, take french classes, do sports and study for this course. Even during the week number 6 I was out of my country taking vacation and reading my UNITAR course materials ...was just amazing for me. Now I m absolutely thankful to the organization.
I hope to be included in another upcoming UNITAR courses.
Superintendencia Nacional de Administracion Tributaria y Aduanera del Peru
The participation in the said course was a very interesting and excited
experience. I think it is a very relevant use of information technology.
The contents of course are well designed and presented in very impressive
way. I want to avail this opportunity to identify that there should be
some introductory material on new Loan Products of IBRD, ADB.
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