The Master in Development Economics and International Co-operation (MESCI) is a one year international Masters (M2 level) programme (60 credits) in development economics and international cooperation at the School of Economics of the Tor Vergata University of Rome. The programme, which is taught in English, provides a solid grounding in the most recent economic theory in micro- and macroeconomics, as well as in econometrics and statistics. This intensive Masters aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of economic development issues, as well as with analytical skills and methods for applied research on poverty, inequality, labour, credit, environmental and trade issues.
The Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci aims at training specialists in developing economics and in international cooperation who will be able to operate in both the public and private sector. The intent is to provide the student with the necessary skills to prepare, analyse and direct co-operation programs and projects for the promotion of growth in developing countries. Furthermore students of Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci will also be prepared to support the internationalisation activities of businesses to be set up in developing countries.
These skills will include:
The market for development economists remains strong: international organizations, universities, research institutions, business firms, government and non-government agencies have numerous openings, and graduates of high-quality post-graduate programs such as MESCI are competitively positioned in finding highly rewarding positions.
During recent years, Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci students have been accepted at OECD, WFP, UNDP, FAO, IFAD, ILO, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Trade Commission and other prestigious organizations. Many foreign students return to their native countries and take important public, private, and university positions.
At the end of the programme, an internship can be undertaken at one of the businesses, NGOs, Institutions, national and international bodies involved in international cooperation activities in developing countries. Some of the internships opportunities will be dealt directly through the Programme coordinator; they are strictly related to the students profile and internship requirements. Students will have to present a final report related to their internship programme.
MESCI is targeted to students and young professionals pursuing public and private companies engaged in international activities and non-governmental organizations. Since its inception, this programme has enjoyed international recognition and attracts students worldwide. Students from around 80 countries have taken part in the programme, making the environment multicultural and international.
The Teaching Staff of MESCI is composed of professors from the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, professors from other Italian and foreign universities, researchers and experts from institutions, bodies and firms operating in the fields of development economics and international cooperation.
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This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Take IELTS test
The first two modules of the programme provide an introduction and an elaboration of concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics. These aim both to provide some basic training for students without an academic background in those subjects and to consolidate the understanding of students who do. Students without an economics/mathematics background should be aware of the fact that the study of these subjects will imply relevant additional efforts from their side.
Tuition fee in the amount of 5.900,00€ is to be paid in 2 installments:
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