International Master

International Master in the Participatory Governance of Local Development and International Cooperation

Building on the experience, knowledge and partnerships developed through the above activities over the years, Universitas is presently engaged in developing an International Master in the Participatory Governance of Local Development and International Cooperation.

The Master intends to form leaders and managers of territorial development processes based on the enhancement of local cultural, environmental and human resources, in dialogue with national policy processes and open to the contribution of international networks, including through international cooperation. It will offer an innovative teaching process that constantly brings together research and practice, through visits to innovative development experiences, action research and dialogues with practitioners and policy shapers from around the globe.

The Master is conceived as a two-year full-time programme for a total of 120 European University credits. The first year will consist of compulsory foundations courses which address, from a critical and trans-disciplinary perspective, some of the main conceptual and methodological underpinnings of a critical approach to development and international cooperation (60 credits).

Following the first year, students will carry out a major individual or group action research project in the context of a human development laboratory associated with the KIP International School ( 10 credits). The field research project of a duration of 4 to 6 months will be the basis for a major research report or Master thesis (15 credits).

Additionally, each student will select an area of concentration (25 credits) to be taken in one of the collaborating universities for a total of 25 credits. Areas of concentration will include local economic development and social economy, tangible and intangible cultural heritage for local development, health and social protection, emergency management, local development and women’s empowerment, participatory governance and planning of local development, communications for development and other possible strategic areas of development practice agreed on by the Director of the Master.

Students are expected to be proficient in two international languages (5 credits). Language training will be provided where needed.

Finally, all students will participate in a final seminar during which field research reports will be presented and discussed collectively (5 credits).

The first edition of the KIP Master with university and other partners in the Mediterranean area is in the planning stages.

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