FrançaisPr. Ahmadou Aly MBAYE Doyen de la FASEG MDP Director
Presentation of the MDP
The MDP network universities include : • Botswana University (Gaborone, Botswana) • BRAC (Bangladesh) • California at Davis University (USA) • CATIE (Costa Rica) • Cheikh Anta Diop University UCAD (Dakar, Senegal) • Columbia University (New York, New York) • Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) • Florida University (Gainesville, Florida) • Ibadan University (Ibadan, Nigeria) • James Cook University (Cairns and Townsville, Australia) • Peradeniya University (Sri Lanka) • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (New Delhi, India) • Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) • Tsinghua University ( Beijing, China) • Waterloo University (Canada) • Sciences Po (Paris, France) • Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) • Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California) • University of Denver (Denver, Colorado) • University of Minnesota (USA) • University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Canada) “The MacArthur Foundation’s work throughout the world has shown us that poverty, health, conservation, and human rights are all interconnected issues, requiring sustained and comprehensive approaches,” said Mr. Jonathan Fanton, then President of the MacArthur Foundation, during the MDP program launch. “These [MDP] programs will help train the next generation of development leaders and will become models for other universities worldwide.” The MDP follows the pattern of the American MBA but contains sustainable development modules in addition to hands-on field training. This content is so defined that future graduates will be in possession of all tools needed to understand and pragmatically overcome development challenges at the economic, social, and environmental levels. UCAD is one of the two francophone institutions of higher education selected to participate in the MDP university network, mainly due to its long-standing tradition of training African students - students originate from 44 different countries -, of maintaining a dialogue with policy-makers, and of conducting research and training programs geared to decision-making, but above all due to its role as hub of higher learning in Africa, especially francophone Africa. The UCAD MDP Program is bilingual and handled by a diversified faculty including, not only the best development specialists from universities in Africa, Europe and the U.S.A, but also development practitioners well-known for their great proficiency and proven experience in development management at the level of national and international government bodies, and NGOs. The Program combines academic training with field training so that students are able to implement training contents, not only at local, ground-roots-level projects and programs, in villages and upcountry towns of West Africa, but also in policy-making bodies such as the U.N system, the World Bank, the European Union, country central and local governments, etc. To enroll in the UCAD MDP Program is to benefit from a combination of state-of-the art, world-class training with a unique real-time space of dialogue between cultures, co-existence of different languages, and an environment of daily unusual exposure to sustainable development challenges.
The Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) is a graduate level program supported by the Mac Arthur Foundation. It is intended for development professionals and students wishing to acquire or upgrade their knowledge and skills in the Process of managing economic development. It is a unique cross-disciplinary program undertaken by a network of universities selected on the basis of a stiff international competition. Development issues are complex and cross-cutting, and therefore require thorough understanding of concepts and tools that cut across a number of disciplines including social sciences (economics, management, sociology, etc.), health, education, energy, sciences and technologies. The MDP is a world class training program for the new generations of policy-makers and development practitioners. As such, it represents a major innovation in the area of development education/training, based on a new training paradigm developed by a panel selected among the best development theorists and practitioners. Please Click on the report to download : " Report by the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice. "
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