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The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to studies, teaching and research in international trade and investment regulation, economic globalisation and sustainability. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science.


COVID-19 Update (27 October 2020)

Starting Tuesday 27.10.20, the Cantonal Government has further tightened measures related to COVID-19. The entire University is also affected by the regulations. As a response to these requirements and in view of the current situation, the crisis management team and the University Executive Board have decided on the following measures:

  • All in-person teaching will be replaced by distance learning. This also applies to further-education courses. Only internships and laboratory courses will continue to be held in-person. The maximum number of participants remains fixed at 50 persons.
  • The study places in the libraries will remain open, but the number will be reduced. This is intended to avoid hardship for students with regard to access to a sensible place for study.
  • Masks are compulsory on the entire campus of the University of Bern, including the WTI. This applies to the entire perimeter of the institutions, i.e. not only inside the buildings but also their exterior spaces.
  • Events with participation by external people are cancelled. New events will not be allowed.
  • Masks are compulsory in all offices as soon as more than one person is present.
  • In general, working from home will be mandated, with the exception of those areas where presence is required.
  • Constant and systematic attention must be paid to ensure that groups and teams do not mix.

The university's crisis management team continues to recommend:

  • Installing the official Swiss-COVID app.
  • Avoiding large crowds of people.
  • Avoiding public transport during rush hour.

All other measures, especially the social distancing rules and hygiene recommendations, remain in place. All measures apply until further notice. The website is currently being updated. In the event of contradictory statements, the latest information applies. Updated regulations from the University of Bern can be found here. The regulations for the Canton of Bern can be found here. Click here for current information about in-person courses.

Please follow the rules and stay safe!

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