31 January 2014

New UCPH study programme to become an expert on Global Development


The University of Copenhagen offers a new MSc study programme in Global Development. The study will emphasise in-depth knowledge of the structures and driving forces of market economies, in combination with important knowledge about traditions and cultures, as well as societal norms and institutions.

MSc in Global DevelopmentGlobalization has changed the living conditions across the world. Rapid economic growth in large parts of Asia and Latin America has lifted billions of people out of poverty, while many still continue to live in poverty. The MSc in Global Development provides graduates with the qualifications required to understand, analyse and act in this new and globalized world.

The study programme will provide graduates with a strong knowledge of core concepts and theories from the areas of anthropology, economics and political science concerning societal and economic growth, as well as knowledge about the most important tendencies in global and current affairs.

"Our everyday lives are globalized, and today most organizations and companies are geared to working within that reality. This means it is important to train candidates with a broad academic outlook. In order to keep our study programmes up-to-date, we need to combine several academic disciplines, as more and more problems and questions transcend individual academic disciplines – one of those being globalization," says Professor of Economics and Head of Studies for the new study programme, Henrik Hansen. He goes on to add that representatives from the business community, who have been advisors as part of the process of putting the study programme together, expressed specifics needs for this new study programme.

"The new study programme is based on an economic and political realism approach, which will make the candidates more focused on acting rather than observing, and this will make them more attractive to the labour market. For both private companies and public institutions the global perspective is something one needs to be able to embrace. The candidates from Global Development will have these competences by virtue of their cultural insight from anthropology, combined with subjects from economics," says Susanne Andersen, who works in the Confederation of Danish Industry. She has been part of the advisory board for the new study programme.

Building a bridge rather than specializing

The new candidates will thus be able to work in private companies operating in the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America), or in institutions or organizations working on development cooperation or international affairs in general.

Their job functions might be within management or working as consultants, advisors, project managers or analysts in private companies, or as civil servants in ministries or international organizations. Also, the studies offers the candidates the opportunity to aim at a research career in global development.

"To a large degree the university trains specialists, which is all very well, but we also need candidates who are able to build bridges across disciplines. By providing our candidates with a broader perspective across disciplines, we will enable them to communicate with both specialists and other groups of people, when they start their work in e.g. private companies, ministries and NGOs , and this is how you solve problems," says Henrik Hansen.

The students will acquire knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methods at a level which makes them able to assess and make empirical analyses of qualitative information as well as from large set of data.

Professor Henrik Hansen
Department of Economics
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