Master's in international development studies

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Sponsored by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs + UNDP

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Development studies are increasingly important for Romania. Traditionally a recepient of development aid, since it joined the EU in 2007, this country has become a donor itself, and development co-operation has become part of its foreign policy. This master's programme was officially launched in June 2010, sponsored by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Romania, together with four other similar programmes launched at major Romanian universities (Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, the University of Bucharest, and West University of Timisoara). The initiative for the creation of these master's was part of a programme entitled Strengthening national institutional and educational capacity to implement official development assistance (ODA) projects and programs, funded by the Romanian MFA. This programme, which ran from January 2008 to June 2010, had among its objectives the training of Romanian specialists in the field of international development co-operation, also through higher education programs, and in particular master's degree programmes. The specialists trained in these master's were to join the national professional context opened up by Romania's new status as a donor state of official development aid.

This master's degree program deals with international aid from a multidisciplinary perspective that covers economic (business, trade and finance), social (education, health, the environment), and political issues (democracy, good governance). This two-year master's programme, entirely taught in English, is aimed at graduates in business, politics and government, international relations and European studies, sociology, communication, theology, education, or any other field, who would like to work for national or international, public or private, organizations dealing with global development issues.

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