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  • Todays development challenges need a new type of development professional, trained tobridge the gap between specialised disciplines and to develop integrated policy solutionsthat are scientifically, politically and contextually grounded.A New Degree and a Global NetworkIn 2007, a group of 20 leading scholars and In October 2009, The University of Peradeniya waspractitioners in the field of sustainable development among those selected to receive a small grant to createwere commissioned to conduct a situation analysis of an MDP programme. The first cohort of students of thedevelopment educational programmes across the globe. MDP at Peradeniya is expected to begin the programme in July/August 2011.This International Commission on Education forSustainable Development Practice, co-chaired by John Partner Universities in the Global MDP NetworkMcArthur, Chief Executive Officer of Millennium include:Promise, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the EarthInstitute at Columbia University, found that existing BRAC Development Institute, Bangladeshdevelopment programmes lacked critical linkagesbetween the natural, social and health sciences and CATIE, Costa Ricamanagement required to address complex development Columbia University, USAchallenges including achieving the Millennium Emory University, USADevelopment Goals. James Cook University, AustraliaThe creation of a Master’s degree in Development TERI University, IndiaPractice that would address this gap in current Trinity College Dublin and University Collegetraining for development professionals was a key Dublin, Irelandrecommendation of the Commission, whose report Tsinghua University, Chinawas published in 2008. <http://mdp.ei.columbia.edu/sitefiles/file/Final_Report_2008.pdf> Sciences Po, France Universidad de los Andes, ColumbiaThe MacArthur Foundation <www.macfound.org/ Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazilmdp>has devoted over $15 million to implement the University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalrecommendations of the commission by developinga global network of over 20 MDP programmes in 15 University of Botswana, Botswanacountries managed by the Global MDP Secretariat at University of California--Berkeley, USAthe Earth Institute, Columbia University. <http://mdp. University of California—Davis,USAei.columbia.edu> University of Denver, USA University of Florida, USA University of Ibadan, Nigeria University of Minnesota, USA University of Waterloo, Canada University of Winnipeg, Canada Master of Development Practice | 1 |
  • University of PeradeniyaThe University of Peradeniya, established in 1942, is the along with activities ranging from sports to culture, withlargest and best-endowed university in Sri Lanka. It has a large number of societies catering to the interests of theeight faculties (schools) and 72 academic departments, different cross sections of the university, making it thean undergraduate enrolment of approximately 9000 most attractive university in the country.and a postgraduate enrolment of approximately 2000.It has a diverse student body with students representing The Universitys beautiful 700 hectare (1695 acre)all geographic regions and ethnic communities of the campus is located less than 2 minutes from thecountry, as well as several international students. Peradeniya town, 10 minutes from the Peradeniya Junction Railway station, and 30 minutes from theThe University is the only planned residential university historic city of Kandy in the Central province of Sriin the country with a residential population of over 5000 Lanka. It is easily accessible from all major towns in Sristudents and faculty. It has 15 halls of residence, a health Lanka, and is less than 3 hours away from the capital,center, places of worship, the celebrated Sarachchandra Colombo, by road or train.open air theatre, home to the annual drama festival,| 2 | http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdp
  • The Master of Development Practice (MDP)at University of PeradeniyaSri Lanka and its neighbours face compelling challenges It will focus on the Southern Asian region and emphasizeas they move toward achieving the Millennium the sustainable development of tropical coastal areasDevelopment Goals in the context of pursuing a and small islands, preparing for climate change and risksustainable development agenda. These include threats reduction and management of disasters. The programmefrom climate change, vulnerability to natural disasters, is designed to welcome students from across the region.rising urbanization, demographic change, persistent andsubstantial levels of poverty and malnutrition especiallyin lagging regions and among vulnerable groups. Skills and ConceptsAddressing these complex issues requires generalist Development Professional Graduates of the MDPdevelopment professionals, with training in many areas Peradeniya will be able toof core knowledge. • undertake projects that require an integratedDeveloped with support from the MacArthur perspective and effectively lead multidisciplinaryFoundation, the Master of Development Practice teams;(MDP) degree at the University of Peradeniya is a24 month professional degree program, designed to • incorporate knowledge and skills from differentequip development practitioners to confront complex disciplines in the design and application ofdevelopment challenges. By acquiring interdisciplinary development interventions;knowledge, practical skills, and an integrated perspective • design, monitor and evaluate projects while payingon sustainable development practice, students will attention to sustainability, economic, environmentalprepare to work across different fields to design and and social aspects;manage integrated development interventions and • use data analysis and spatial analysis tools (e.g GIS,to design appropriate policies to support sustainable Stata)development. • communicate effectively on technical details with experts in many disciplinesThe programme features a cross disciplinary curriculumusing teaching resources from across the faculties of • develop integrated policy solutions that areArts, Agriculture, Engineering, Science and Medicine of scientifically, politically and contextually groundedthe University of Peradeniya and other Universities andInstitutions in Sri Lanka and overseas. ©Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank ©D Gunewardena ©Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World/World Bank Master of Development Practice | 3 |
  • The CurriculumThe curriculum of Master of Development Practice Global classroom in Integrated Approaches to(MDP) at Peradeniya is designed to help students Sustainable Development. Students, scholars andacquire the interdisciplinary knowledge, practical skills practitioners from over 15 countries participate in thisand integrated persepective needed to meet complex cross-border, cross-disciplinary, interactive web-baseddevelopment challenges. course offered by Columbia University, New York, to all MDP programmes across the global network. MDPPre-MDP Intensive Course. Students follow a Peradeniyas offering of this course is enriched by localrequired orientation programme of 6 refresher/ discussions by area experts.introductory courses (8 credit equivalents) precedingthe MDP. Integrated Applied Field Training. 3 credit equivalents of applied field training incorporating project workCore courses. Students follow 18 core (compulsory) or practical training are integrated into compulsorycourses worth 51 credit equivalents over 2 academic courses, usually in the first semester.years (4 semesters). Internships. After completing a full academic year,Optional Courses. Students choose 3 elective (optional) students follow a 3-month internship at a public,courses worth 9 credit equivalents in the final semester private or non-governmental organisation for theof their programme. These optional courses correspond opportunity to gain hands-on real world experienceto student specialisations and include Coastal Zone in development practice. Internships correspondingManagement, Climate Change in South Asia, Disaster to students interest, training and experience will beManagement as well as other subjects. Student arranged at Centre for Poverty Analysis (Poverty andspecialisations will depend on their past training and MDGs), Foundation for Environment, Climate andexperience and future career goals. Technology (FECT), Gemidiriya Village Empowerment Programme, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka (Land Settlement Programme), MANDRU (CommunityLanguage Courses. Students are required to follow a 2 Based Sustainable Development Programme), Practicalcredit equivalent introductory course in a local language Action (Technology for Development), SLT Manpowerin which they have little or no fluency. Solutions (Sustainable Development in the ICT field), Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka (Climate Change Division), Ministry of Environment, Maldives (Multiple areas). ©D Gunewardena ©Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank ©Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World/World Bank| 4 | http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdp
  • Course Structure Semester Courses Credits* PRE-MDP Basic Statistics 1 Basic Mathematics 1 Principles of Economics 1 Introduction to Natural Sciences 2 Colloquial and Communicative Sinhala/Tamil 2 Professional Writing and Communication Skills 1 SEMESTER 1 Introduction to Research Methods 1 Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development 3 Community Development and Social Dynamics 3 YEAR 1 Human Impact on the Natural Environment 3 Energy and Environment 3 Introduction to Public Health 3 SEMESTER 2 Geographical Information Systems for Development Practice 3 Data Analysis for Development Practice 3 Budget Planning, Financial and Commodities Management 3 Economic and Policy Analysis 3 Gender and Human Rights 3 Principles of Leadership 1 VACATION Internship SEMESTER 3 Agriculture and Environment 3 Microeconomics of Development and Policy Analysis 3 Equity and Health, Nutrition and Population 3 Economic and Financial Evaluation of Projects under Certainty and 4 Uncertainty Planning Urban and Rural Infrastructure 3 SEMESTER 4 Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 3 YEAR 2 3 elective Disaster Management (optional) courses Climate Change in South Asia (3 credits* each) Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Marine Affairs Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Economics 9 Contemporary Issues in the Regional and Global Economy Public Economic Policy in Sri Lanka Energy Economics Health Economics Total credits* 68*Credit equivalents Master of Development Practice | 5 |
  • Academic ResourcesThe University of Peradeniya has a large number of Natural Sciences and Engineeringwell-trained and motivated academic staff spanning72 academic departments in 8 faculties ( Agriculture, Academics from the Departments of Geography (Arts),Allied Health Sciences, Arts, Dental, Engineering, Crop Science, Animal Science (Agriculture), ChemicalMedical, Science, Veterinary Medicine). Several of these and Process Engineering and Mechanical Engineeringacademics teach in multidisciplinary programs or work (Engineering) of the University of Peradeniya and thein multidisciplinary research teams. In addition, the Departments of Civil Engineering of the UniversityUniversity is able to draw on resource persons from of Moratuwa and the Open University of Sri Lanka,other Universities and institutions from within the and the IRI, Earth Institute, Columbia University,country, as well as from overseas. collaborate to provide training in the natural sciences and engineering aspects of development practice.Social Sciences Health SciencesAcademics from the Departments of Economics andStatistics, Geography and Law of the Faculty of Arts, Academics from the Departments of Communitythe Centre for Environmental Studies and the Centre Medicine and Microbiology of the Universities offor Human Rights team up to provide expertise in Peradeniya and University of Rajarata jointly providethe social and economic aspects of development. expert training in the Health Sciences, with a socialCoursework features micro and macroeconomic aspects science perspective provided by the Departments ofof development, data analysis, community development Economics and Statistics.and social dynamics, environmental economics andenvironmental impact assessment, gender and human Languagesrights, and risk analysis. Academics from the Departments of Sinhala and Tamil provide introductory language training to non-nativeManagement speakers of these two languages.Academics from the Departments of Economics andStatistics, English, and Management Studies of theFaculty of Arts and from the Department of Agribusinessin the Faculty of Agriculture provide expert trainingin communication, finance, geographical informationsystems, leadership and project evaluation. ©Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World/World Bank ©Chulie Kirtisinghe de Silva ©Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World/World Bank| 6 | http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdp
  • MDP PartnersMDP students field training will be hosted by a growing Gemidiriyanetwork of MDP partners, including the following http://www.gemidiriya.lkinstitutions: The Gemidiriya Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project (GCDLIP) usesFECT a participatory approach and focuses on livelihoodwww.climate.lk improvement and gender empowerment. It works with local community based organisations and localFoundation for Environment, Climate and Technology government to develop accountable and self-governingis a non-profit that works with partners in government institutions to manage sustainable investments at theinstitutions, research institutes and universities to develop village level.usable scientific and technological information that canbe applied in diverse sectors. FECT projects are in theareas of water resources, human-elephant conflict, rice, Mahaweli Authorityplantations, disaster management, malaria and dengue. www.mahaweli.gov.lkFECT will oversee the internship programme of the MDP. Having administered Sri Lankas largest integrated rural development multi-purpose river basin programme,Centre for Poverty Analysis the Mahaweli Authority continues to implementwww.cepa.lk development projects in the Mahaweli river basin relating to increasing agricultural production, managingCEPA works with local and international NGOs, hydro-power, generating employment, resettlement andgovernment and donors, assisting clients to design flood control.programmes, prioritise pro-poor interventions, constructmonitoring systems, carry out in-process monitoringand independent external evaluations and to develop Practical Action - South Asiaorganisational capacity in project design, monitoring http://www.practicalaction.org.uk/south-asia/region_and evaluation relating to resettlement, conflict, south_asiainfrastructure (roads, energy, water and sanitation), Practical Action - South Asia focuses on technology as aplantations, childrens issues and youth. tool in poverty reduction and development while having a holistic view on development including the social and economic. Its current projects relate to post-conflict reconstruction, disaster risk reduction, wind, biogas and pico hydro energy projects, adapting agriculture to climate change, and community governance.©Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World/World Bank ©Chulie Kirtisinghe de Silva ©D Gunewardena Master of Development Practice | 7 |
  • Frequently Asked QuestionsWho is the MDP programme for? In what language is the programme offered? Individuals with an interest or background in some The medium of instruction is English. aspect of development and who want to be part of a global network of development specialists. Do I need to have a specific undergraduate degree? No, the MDP is a generalist postgraduate degreeWhat jobs can I do with an MDP? suitable for individuals with an undergraduate MDP graduates will be prepared for employment degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, humanities, locally, nationally and globally, in national management, natural sciences, agriculture, and international development agencies, non- engineering, health sciences, law etc. governmental organisations, research institutes, government departments, financial institutions, Any other requirements? private companies, media and civil society. English language proficiency is a requirement.What does it mean that the MDP is part of a global Experience in the development field is an advantage,network? though not essential. Students and faculty in participating universities When are classes held? have the opportunity to interact with each other and share learning resources in settings like the Courses span 15 week semesters, with classes web-based global classroom course. In addition mainly on weekends to accommodate employed Universities within the network may have professionals. arrangements for student exchanges for coursework as well as for internships. When is the application deadline? Application deadlines for postgraduate programmesWhen does the MDP programme begin? of the Faculty of Arts are in March/April every year. The first cohort of MDP students is scheduled to Updates on application deadlines are available at begin their programme in July/August 2011 http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdpHow long is the MDP programme ? What is required in the application? The Master of Development Practice with 68 credit Updates on application requirements and details of equivalents of course work is approximately 24 application procedures are available on the MDP months or 2 academic years, including a 3 month website at http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdp internship. How much does the MDP cost?Is there a thesis requirement? Updates on programme fees and cost information No. The MDP is a Masters degree by coursework are available on the MDP website at http://www. only. pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdpIs there an option for a shorter course? For more information Yes. Students who register for the MDP and To be placed on a mailing list, email mdp@pdn.ac.lk successfully complete 20 credit equivalents from 500 level courses over 1 academic year are eligible for a Diploma in Development Practice.| 8 | http://www.pdn.ac.lk/arts/econ/mdp