The Institute organizes distance training for countries in Asia and the Pacific as well as outside the region. Distance training provides many advantages for SIAP and the member States among which are: (i) wider audience can be reached and the Institute may especially meet the needs of statisticians unable to attend the courses because of the limitations in available places, or because of personal circumstances; (ii) subjects to be followed can be more focused on the needs of member States and the possibilities of the individual participants to study at their own pace; and (iii) the heterogeneous background of participants at the SIAP-JICA TMA-based courses can be reduced by providing preparatory courses in basics of statistical methods, economic statistics and statistical software.
(a) SIAP-JICA distance training
Since 2006, SIAP has been organizing distance training courses in collaboration with JICA using their JICA-NET technology. The distance training courses are usually conducted prior to each SIAP-JICA TMA-based course as preparatory training for selected participants of these courses. The aim of the distance training is to help participants improve their knowledge on basics of statistical methods, economic statistics and statistical software in order to increase effectiveness of SIAP-JICA TMA-based courses.
(b) SIAP- JAXA e-learning via WINDS
SIAP will offer interactive training, workshops, meetings where all parties, including lecturer and participants, are able to communicate each other live from one or several NSOs through the JAXA high speed communication satellite WINDS (Wideband Internet working engineering test and Demonstration Satellite). The Institute will provide more training to LDCs, LLDCs and Pacific Island countries via JAXA WINDS (Negotiations with JAXA is underway).
(c) Training materials
The Institute compiles relevant training materials to suit the needs of countries and posts them on the Institute’s website.