Welcome by Henrik Hansen and Jon Clausen, Global Developement (KU)
New master in Global Development off to a flying start
It is fair to say that University of Copenhagen is widely known and respected for its research within ”development”. Yet, UCPH has not until now had a program in development studies.
In early 2012 a group of researchers got together with the Vice Deans for education at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Social Science to create the Global Development program. The ambition was to build a truly interdisciplinary two year social science master´s program that combines anthropology, economics and political science with human geography and law. This mix of subjects should provide students with the competences to analyze development issues in a globalized world from all possible angels. A “modern” approach to the field, you might say. To ensure that these competences are really needed we had continuous conversations with prospective employers when developing the format and the content of the program.
When announcing the Global Development program to the world in late 2013 our modest hope was to receive 50 applications for our then 25-30 places. We received close to 300 applications from students around the world and we ended up doubling the batch, admitting 60 highly qualified students who are now about to finish their first year. Currently we are in the process of admitting a new batch of 60 students. For this admission we have received more than 500 applications.
Global Development consists of a mandatory first year that is made up of seven courses, including a field trip to a low or middle-income country. These courses provide the students with an expertise where the analysis and understanding of the incentive structures and driving forces of market economies is combined with an understanding of culturally determined perceptions, organisations and institutions.
For the third semester the students can design and compose their studies according to their interests, either by taking courses in UCPH, at other Danish universities, studying abroad or doing an internship in a company or organization involved in the global south.
We have been positively overwhelmed by the popularity of the program. The great interest allows us to admit students with excellent qualifications who at the same time have a genuine desire to work within development. We want them to make a difference in the world and they seem more than up for the task.
In hindsight the popularity of the program should maybe not be such a big surprise. The world needs new, innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches to development. Due to our team of highly skilled researchers in development-economics, development-anthropology, international law, human geography and resource economics, UCPH has the research foundation that allows for a program which can provide students with the right practical as well as theoretical competences. This is surely one reason why the program has gotten off to such a great start.
Another reason might be that Global Development is a “grass-roots” project. The desire to set up the program originated not from the top of the university but from a group of teachers with a passionate interest in development research. Most of these researchers are today involved in Global Development as teachers and this grass-roots dynamic is something we try to preserve. We continuously meet in order to coordinate, adjust and fine-tune various aspects of the program but also to learn from each other and our different ways of doing things. This process often also involves advice from the students whom we try to include as much as possible. The idea is that we are pioneers who are venturing into uncharted territory. When travelling in unknown lands nobody has the right answers, so we need, and take, all the good advice we can get. This dynamic gives ownership to all involved and make Global Development a challenging but also fun thing to be a part of. Our ambition is that this ownership and the interdisciplinary approach will create graduates who can really make a difference in a globalized world, such that the program can be both challenging, fun and rewarding.
Henrik Hansen, Head of Studies
Jon Clausen, Study Coordinator
Nyt fra FAU
- Call for papers, Third Nordic Conference on Development Research
FAU er med til at planlægge den 3. nordiske udviklingskonference, som denne gang afvikles i Gøteborg den 5. og 6. november. Temaet er ‘A Changing Global Development Agenda?’ og der er netop offentligjort workshops til arrangementet. Abstract submission skal ske senest den 15. juni. Læs nærmere om begge dele på konferencens hjemmeside.
- FAU ansætter ny sekretær
Efter mere end to år på sekretærposten forlader Jacob Lorentzen FAU ved udgangen af juni. FAU's bestyrelse har netop udpeget hans afløser, Marie Hellung Schønning. Marie læser til dagligt Folkesundhedsvidenskab på KU og kommer med en solid erfaring fra NGO miljøet.
- Medlemskab for 2015
Konferencer og seminarer
- EuroSEAS 8th annual conference (11-14. august, Wien)
The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies afholder deres 8. tværdiciplinære konference med fokus på Sydøstasien. Keynotes er Benedict Anderson and Ayu Utami og der er åbnet op for paper submissions. Læs nærmere her.
- Nordic Conference in Development Economics (NCDE)
DERG, The Development Economics Research Group, på KU afholder '2015 Nordic Conference in Development Economics' fra den 15. til 16. juni i København. Keynotes er Jim Davies og Peter Lanjouw.
- Bedre Bistand - Danida Evaluering i Politik og Praksis
Udenrigsministeriet sætter den 11. maj fokus på evaluering gennem et åbent heldagsarrangement i Eigtveds Pakhus. Her vil der være plensumsessioner med indbudte oplægsholdere og tematiseret workshops. Læs nærmere om arrangementet her.
- UNESCO With(out) Borders: The Global Impact Of International Understanding And Better History Textbooks
Konferencen søger at bringe et hirstorisk perspektiv på UNESCO's arbejde og i særdeleshed facilitere en diskussion omkring organisationens rolle i at skabe samhørighed i mellem nationer. Arragementet afvikles i samarbejde med Aalborg Universitet og finder sted den 16. og 17. juni. For uddybende information se her.
- Vacant positions at IFRO
Department of Food and Resource Economics at Copenhagen University is currently looking to hire new associate professor. Follow the links below to read more about the openings:
- DIIS Briefs om bistand og udvikling i 2015
2015 markerer potentielt en skillevej i det globale samarbejde med tre store FN-konferencer om fremtidens bistand, nye udviklingsmål og den globale klima-aftale. I den forbindelse udgiver DIIS løbende en række forskningsbaserede Policy Briefs om udvalgte emner. Foreløbig er følgende udkommet:
- More development per dollar: Strengthening public financial management (Neil Webster)
- Despite falling oil prices: How oil and gas can contribute to development (Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen)
- Making the Green Climate Fund for the poor (Mikkel Funder, Ian Christoplos, Esbern Friis-Hansen, Lily Lindegaard, Adam Pain)
- Aid Reform: The OECD is saving face but losing legitimacy (Adam Moe-Fejerskov)
- The Sustainable Development Goals: A success in the making? (Neil Webster, Helle Munk Ravnborg, Mikkel Funder)
- Danmark har meget at vinde ved 2030-mål (Lars Engberg-Pedersen)
Læs en indledende artikel og download de forskellige briefs her.