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Sunday, July 5, 2009


As for the past 15 years, the International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta (INIA), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, will be organising an International Training Programme in the Demographic Aspects of Population Ageing and its Implications for Socio-Economic Development, Policies and Plans. The programme is going to be held in Malta, between 23 November and 4 December 2009.

Populations are ageing in an unprecedented manner. Over 70% of the older people will be in the Developing Countries,where the number of older people will more than double in the next two decades.They will require new policies and infrastructure - changes that must be based on demographic data and projections.

The training programme in Demography designed by an International Expert Group is geared towards achieving a working knowledge of demographic concepts and techniques. Participants are helped at acquiring the methodological approaches,tools and techniques in demography adopted in assessing the conditions of older persons at global, regional and country level.In so doing, participants gain an ability to convey information effectively to policy makers.

The programme will consist of lectures and seminars. Topics dealt with are the Basic Demographic Concepts; Factors determining Population Structures; Data quality, Reliability and Availability; Projections; State-of-the-art Research and Modelling initiatives; Ageing and National Development; Health Implications of Ageing; Groups at High Risk; Social Status and Roles; Family; Community; Labour Market; Income Distribution/Economic Security; Health Expectancies.

Potential course candidates should be:
a) Working in the areas of planning and/or research at population level in their country or in an academic national or
international organisation
b) Having a very good working knowledge of English (including computer software in English)
c) Be literate in computers with good working knowledge of Excel or similar software
d) Working in an ageing related field.

Interested persons and organisations may apply by sending the following to:
The Director,
International Institute on Ageing,
117, St. Paul Street,
Valletta VLT 1216,

1. An application form which is available through the Institute's web-site or directly from INIA.
2. Proof of proficiency in English
3. A letter of recommendation from the Director of your organisation
4. A personal letter (giving reasons for attending the course)
5. Copies of relevant certificates

Closing date for applications is 15 September, 2009.

No applications can be considered after this date. Prospective candidates should be fluent in English and applications are especially invited from candidates who are working in the field of ageing. The Institute has a limited number of scholarships for deserving candidates in the field of demography or statistics. Chosen candidates will, however, to pay for their flight to and from Malta.

Course Fee: US$ 1750 (includes tuition, board-accommodation and meals but excludes travel).

INIA might have available a limited number of partial scholarships.However, since these are extremely limited,it is in the interest of prospective candidates to secure alternative sources of funding.

International Institute on Ageing,(United Nations - Malta)
117, St. Paul Street,
Valletta VLT 1216,
Telephone: (356)-21-243044/5/6
Telefax: (356)-21-230248
E-Mail: programmes@inia.org.mt
Web-site: http://www.inia.org.mt

About INIA:
INIA, was set up by a resolution of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which recommended to the UN Secretary-General the establishment of such an Institute to meet the needs of trained personnel in the field of aging, especially from developing countries. The Institute was inaugurated on 15th April 1988, by the then UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been giving sterling support towards the implementation of the Institute’s activities and has provided substantial financial support to its programmes.

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