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Sri Lanka and its neighbours face compelling challenges as they move toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the context of pursuing a sustainable development agenda. These include threats from climate change, vulnerability to natural disasters, rapid urbanization, demographic change, persistent and substantial levels of poverty and malnutrition especially in lagging regions and among vulnerable groups. Addressing these complex issues requires professionals with many areas of core knowledge, practical skills and an interdisciplinary approach.

MDP Peradeniya

Developed with support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Masters Degree in Development Practice (MDP) at the University of Peradeniya is a two-year, professional degree program, designed to equip development practitioners to confront complex sustainable development challenges. By acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills, cohorts of 25-30 students will prepare to work across different fields to design and manage integrated development interventions and to design appropriate policies to support sustainable development.

 

The curriculum draws from a range of disciplines across Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Management. The programme will focus on the Southern Asian region and emphasize the sustainable development of tropical coastal areas and small islands, preparing for climate change and risk reduction and management of disasters

Applications for the 2013/2015 MDP programme are open until April 15th.  Interviews and English test for late applicants will be held on April 20th and 27th.  The course commences on May 18th, 2013.

Students who are graduating this year may also apply for the MDP, pending results. For details, click here.

 

 

Photo Credits:     

School children: © Chulie Kirtisinghe De Silva

Water tanks; Maternal and child clinic :© Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World/World Bank

On-site checking of field survey questionnaires: © Suresh de Mel 

Photos by Shahidul Alam, Dominic Sansoni and Chulie Kirtisinghe de Silva are from ongoing Sri Lankan Government development projects supported by the World Bank and are used with World Bank permission.

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Text Box: Closing date extended. Interviews April 20th & 27th.