Modular MDP

Tomorrow’s leading practitioners trained through an innovative

global network of Master’s in Development Practice programmes.

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The Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) at UB is a modular cross-disciplinary program providing skills and knowledge required to better identify and address the global challenges of sustainable development. The MacArthur Foundation (MAF) provided competitive funding to create MDP programmes at over 20 universities worldwide and with it a global network of faculty, students, practitioners and partner organisations.

As one of the nine universities selected by MAF for delivery in August 2010, UB calls for applications for the 2nd cohort of a MDP programme which integrates field studies, a research project, and holistic coursework perspectives by integrating systems thinking, economic, natural resource, health, social, ecological, technological, environmental, legal, and management dimensions. An accreditation of UB’s MDP with a European agency is under way.

Due to its modular mode, the MDP suits, in particular, organisations in regard to their staff development, recruitment and retention needs by enabling convenient access for citizens residential/employed outside Gaborone, less time-consuming and less costly compared to academic competitors in the region. Graduates will be well prepared to confront complex sustainable development challenges in the private or public sector.

Cross-Disciplinary Skills & Knowledge Areas - Natural Sciences & Engineering: • Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Management • Energy • Engineering, Urban & Rural Planning • Environment, Water & Climate Science; Health Sciences: • Nutrition • Health and Epidemiology • Population Sciences; Social Sciences: • Delivery Science • Economics • Education • Politics, Anthropology and Social Studies • Statistics • Technology and Innovation Systems; Management: • Budget Planning, Financial Management & Commodities Management • Communications & Negotiation • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Institutional and Human Resources Management • Information Systems Design & Management • Project Design & Management

Global Network of Master’s in Development Practice Programmes: • BRAC Development Institute (Dhaka, Bangladesh) • Columbia University (New York, USA) • Emory University (Atlanta, USA) • Institute of Political Sciences (Paris, France) • James Cook University (Cairns and Townsville, Australia) • TERI [The Energy and Resources Institute] University (New Delhi, India) • Trinity College Dublin & University College Dublin (Ireland) • Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (Turrialba, Costa Rica) • Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) • Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) • Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) • University of Botswana (Gaborone, Botswana) • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California) • University of California, Davis (Davis, USA) • University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar, Senegal) • University of Denver (Denver, USA) • University of Florida (Gainesville, USA) • University of Ibadan (Ibadan, Nigeria) • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA) • University of Peradeniya (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) • University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) • University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Canada)