Convocation 2015

December 11th, 2015 by admin

‘Convocation 2015 for the second and third cohorts was held on the 21st of May 2015. From the 3053 University of Peradeniya Graduates in 2015, 9 graduated under the Master of Development Practice in 2015.’​

Results Released!

December 10th, 2015 by admin

Results for the two semesters undertaken by batch 3 and 4 have now been released. Overall results seem very good with most students receiving above a B grade for most subjects. Batch 5 Pre MDP results will be released soon. For results please contact PGIHS.

MDP Summit 2015

December 10th, 2015 by admin

MDP Peradeniya is a member of the Global Association of MDP programs supported by MacArthur Foundation and the MDP secretariat at Earth Institute, Columbia University(NY), together with over 25 partner universities including University of California-Berkeley, Emory University, UCD and TCD, Dublin, Tsinghua University, TERI and BRAC.

This year’s summit was held at Sciences Po, Paris, France in June 2015, and was attended by Dr. Wasantha Athukorala, Ph.D. (QUT), a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Economics and Statistics.

MDP Night 2015

December 10th, 2015 by admin

The proposed MDP Night was held on the 28th of November 2015. Students of all batches and most lecturers took part in the event. A total of approximately 40 students attended the event.







Held on the 28th of November 2015 at Royal Mall, Kandy, the MDP Night of 2015, was the second MDP Dinner Night thus far.

Student Remarks from Field Training (MDP Batch IV)

December 10th, 2015 by admin




“In addition to the field and in-house experience, the internship gave me knowledge on M&E” – M.A.M.Fazal



“The internship provided me new skills which I had no prior experience with” – C.J.Jayasinghe



“Great exposure to the legal background with more understanding on adverse possession” – P.M.Ranathunga



“Experience at the Korea Exim bank gave me hands on experience on the challenges that both development partners and recipient countries face in implementing infrastructure projects” – Lahara Ranaweera



“Had a difficult time applying units learned. Interesting insight into diverse government structures in SA” -Mahen Chanaka Herath



“I got a great experience working with rural communities and got a experience to work with govt higher officials and how they view poverty in their point of view” – Ms. Sarvananthan Varuny




Changes in Project Administrative Staff

December 10th, 2015 by admin

Prof. Dileni Gunewardena’s term as MDP coordinator ended in April 2015. She is now on sabbatical leave and is an Echidna Global Scholar at the Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. where she is working on a research project relating girls’ education and workforce issues in Sri Lanka. She continues to be involved in the Global MDP as a member of the Academic Steering Committee of the Global Association of MDP programs. She attended the 2015 International Conference on Sustainable Development, jointly organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Global Association of MDP Programs held at Columbia University as a presenter and session moderator. She has thus left her duties as the MDP Coordinator to Dr. Wasantha Athukorala who has commenced as the MDP coordinator since her resignation as coordinator in April 2015. We wish her the very best with her future endeavors and pursuits.

Ms. Chamani Guneratne left her duties as the MDP Programme administrative officer in June 2015. Her administrative duties and responsibilities have been transferred to Ms. G.W.N.U.K Pathmasiri, who carries forth all administrative functions relating to the MDP Programme and administering the MacArthur Foundation Grant. Ms. Pathmasiri has 4 years of experience in the private sector and has capably filled the vacancy left by Ms. Chamani Guneratne.

Applications for the 6th intake are open now

November 10th, 2015 by admin

Is a career in DEVELOPMENT for YOU?

Do you want to be trained and equipped in Development Practice by experts?

Do you want to do a Masters Degree here in Kandy, that is recognized internationally, and offered by over 30 foreign universities?

Do you have a basic degree in ANY field, or a diploma with 5 years work experience? Then you can

Join Master of Development Practice (MDP) Peradeniya – the MBA for Development Practice

How is it different from others  ?

  • Cross disciplinary curriculum and open eligibility
  • Week-end lectures
  • Flexibility in learning at your own pace
  • On-line learning management site
  • Coursework only (no thesis)
  • Career and Practical orientation

Hurry up, Limited to first qualified 30 Students only………

“MDP” now specifically mentioned as a qualification for jobs!

April 22nd, 2015 by admin

Glenn Denning (professor of professional practice and director of the MDP program at Columbia University) has brought to our attention a job announcement that  lists “MDP”  as a preferred degree— University degree required; MBA, MPH, MDP, or other related advanced degrees will be considered with preference.

Read the full add here,

As Glenn notes,  Our graduates are picking up nice jobs all over the place, but seeing MDP mentioned as a preferred qualification is an important step forward in global recognition of the degree! We should encourage more employers to explicitly list MDP to raise awareness.


HILMY ISHAK elected Vice Chair of Leadership Committee of SAAC

March 12th, 2015 by admin

MDP Graduate Hilmy Ishak has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Committee (LC) of the Students and Alumni Advisory Council (SAAC), on February 18, 2015 through an on-line election among the LC members after submitting a nomination paper.  Hilmy Ishak represents the South Asian Region in the LC while North America, Latin America, Africa, East Asia and Europe are the other five geographic regions represented in the LC.  SAAC serves as one of the key pillars of the Global Association Advisory Council (GAAB) of the Global MDP.

Hilmy Ishak and three others were nominated by University of Peradeniya MDP Coordinator, Dileni Gunewardena to represent University of Peradeniya at the SAAC by participating in an initial Skype conversation. Hilmy was also recommended by the MDP Coordinator to be South Asia’s representative on the SAAC.  With Hilmy’s appointment which followed soon after Prof. Mohan Munasinghe’s acceptance to serve on the Global Advisory Committee of the Global MDP, MDP Peradeniya is well represented at the global level.

For several months prior to the Second Annual ICSDP, efforts were put to establish the SAAC.  During the Second Annual ICSDP, a meeting was held with all of the MDP students and alumni in attendance in developing a well-functioning and vibrant student and alumni governance structure where the voices of our students and alumni can be heard and where they can participate and contribute to the ongoing events of the Global Association.  Thus at this ICSDP 2014 meeting, the streamlined
SAAC structure was established: each MDP programme recommending two MDP students (one from the first year and the other from the second year) and one alumni
to SAAC; these students and alumni sit on SAAC and represent the voices of their MDP peers and colleagues.

At the geographic regional level, one MDP Student and one MDP Alumni are recommended from the SAAC to represent the LC.  This has now lead to 12 regional MDP leaders and these 12 regional MDP leaders liaise with the local students and alumni leaders of SAAC, Academic Steering Committee members as well as the MDP Secretariat.

Prior to the election of office bearers, LC members were engaged in the formulation of the constitution of SAAC LC along with functions, roles and responsibilities. The following functions have been identified as important from the SAAC LC:

Providing Input – ensuring student and alumni input into MDP curriculum/programming and MDP Association activities (ICDSP Conference, MDP Summit, etc.)

Representing –  Regional SAAC opinions and interests at the Global MDP level

Discussion and Debate – provision of online platforms for MDP discussion and ideas sharing

Liaise – Propose means of incorporating students into higher levels of GAAB (Academic Steering Committee)

Promotion and opportunity – provision of a professional platform for job opportunities, networking, and the promotion of an MDP brand to employers

Coordinate – Coordinating Global Projects (Eg: Divestment campaign, MDP commentary on SDG process, Study Abroad, etc.)


Responsibilities of the LC include: i) creating a local and regional newsletter with information feeding into the Global MDP website; ii) creating a group on LinkedIn for all local MDP alumni; iii) organizing a career panel or young professionals’ event at each MDP program or do so as a region; iv) helping organize and participate in the annual MDP Summit where young professionals events can be held; v) helping  organize and participate in ICSDP as presenters of their practice-based research; and vi) creating an annual regional Model UN simulation that is organized and sponsored by the regional MDP programs.

As the immediate task of the LC members, it has been decided to start having the Regional SAAC communication in order to disseminate the formation of the SAAC and the SAAC LC and to obtain inputs from each MDP Programme to help build the Global MDP Brand.

February 2015 Newsletter is out now!

February 20th, 2015 by admin

Our February 2015 Newsletter focuses on the MDP community of students, alumni, faculty and advisory council members. Click here to read more.