Please note that this course has been discontinued.
In today’s globalized world, most countries face major social, economic, technological, political and institutional changes. In order to successfully implement a project, be it a development project, a public action or a private business, scientists, technicians and academics from the North and South will increasingly have to work together. The need to integrate different kinds of expertise will also be a necessity. In addition to the specialized skills in their respective fields, professionals will have to be able to understand specific historical and cultural backgrounds, to face new and changing situations and environments, and tackle different ways of thinking and implementing projects.
To help professionals to adapt to these situations and promote an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to these problems, EPFL is organizing the second edition of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Development Projects (MaDePro) targeted at project managers, engineers, architects, social scientists and other equivalent university graduates.
The program will allow participants to learn and broaden their understanding of three essential aspects for effective development action:
- Development: History of development, key concepts, main issues and international context.
- Technology: Given the impact of technology on society and development, it is important to understand its role and how to integrate it effectively into a specific environment
- Project management: The program will present several important tools and methods that will help manage development projects more effectively.
The program will also link theory and practice:
- Part 2, comprising of two intensive weeks in India, is essentially dedicated to the field activities. Participants will thus be able to experience the reality of development work and apply what they learned in order to better analyze the situation.
- In Part 3, participants will pursue an individual project, based on their areas of interest and with a direct link to the MaDePro. This will allow participants to apply the knowledge acquired during the first two parts of the program whilst developing aspects or skills that are useful in their professional lives.
Besides knowledge and know-how, for development projects to succeed, the right blend of skills is also required. The program helps participants to develop several of these skills:
- Intercultural exchanges and communication are an integral part of the program, which is based on a genuine North-South partnership and includes participants and experts from different countries and continents;
- Interdisciplinarity is a very important component of the program, with a dialogue between the exact and human sciences being encouraged for a truly integrated and global approach.
- Adaptation to new and different environments.
- Teamwork: field studies are conducted as a team, under pressure and in harsh conditions. This is a way to experiment the real working conditions of development projects.
- Written and oral communication.
- Individuals who wish to pursue a career in development or international cooperation.
- Professionals from government, NGOs, IOs, IGOs or the private sector:
i) who want to broaden their understanding of development issues;
ii) acquire tools to assess and manage development projects;
iii) combine important elements of development and management.
The program is designed in such a way that it can be pursued whilst employed.