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Master in International Cooperation and Development

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ASERI Milan, Italy January - December 2020 60  14

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International Cooperation and Development


The new Sustainable Development Goals, approved by the UN in September 2015, will frame policies and actions for political, economic and social development for the next 15 years. The call to international cooperation is urgent: poverty, inequality, conflict, instability, and deep uncertainty still affect everyday life of the majority of world population. The ASERI Master's Course in International Cooperation and Development offers a privileged framework for interdisciplinary analysis of the global situation, and for exploring tentative solutions to the world problems, through the coordinated efforts of governmental and non-governmental actors. Cooperation is indeed a key word in pursuing development and inclusion: cooperation is about empowering the vulnerable, the poor and the marginalized in becoming protagonists of their own development; cooperation is about international aid, but even more about appropriate national and global policies. Ultimately, it is about bridging gaps among people, groups and institutions.


This Master's program conjugates theoretical knowledge and practical experience, so to give students a specific set of professional skills to successfully face the global job market thanks to its distinctive characteristics:

  1. The upper limit to the number of students in the class allows for their effective interactions with instructors, with professionals, and with the international group of peers;
  2. Class activities include lectures and open discussions, simulations, case studies, team work and presentations;
  3. Experts and executives take an active part in the program, sharing their professional experiences with the students and enhancing students’ real-life skills:
  4. The internship experience provides an opportunity for students to directly apply and develop the skills acquired during courses.


Since 1996, young people from all over the world have been developing their international careers at ASERI, and are currently engaged to promote development, inclusion, human dignity, participation in all continents, working for national and international institutions, firms and non governmental organizations.
MICaD is an expression of ASERI's long and diversified experience of research and teaching on global issues, and development issues in particular. Over the years, ASERI has organized seminars and short courses on development for professionals and young graduates, concerning "Globalization and Development ", " Peace and Democracy Building", "Governance and Public Policies", "Poverty Eradication: Access to Food, Access to Land".

MICaD has been active for eleven years, since 2006. In its history, this program has relied on ASERI's international network of Universities, NGOs, public and private institutions from all over the world: a perfect network for exchanging visions, experiences and scientific reflections across the globe.


MICaD offers a robust multidisciplinary training and specialized technical and managerial competences. Both are key in forming the ability to interpret local and international events, to interact with all stakeholders, to identify and manage environmentally and local culture friendly interventions.

Thus, MICaD trains young professionals to contribute to development cooperation with their knowledge, creativity, personality and professional competences to:

  1. Identify local needs through a bottom-up approach
  2. Manage technical, financial and administrative aspects of cooperation initiatives
  3. Involve local civil society in identifying and managing resources
  4. Collaborate with national and international institutions within the local policy framework
  5. Promote good governance, human rights and human dignity within state and non state actors
  6. Address transnational issues such as migration, trafficking and money laundering
  7. Promote institution and democracy building

Final diploma

The Master's Course (Master universitario di I livello) will be granted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore after the achievement of 60 credits gained through course attendance and the successful completion of all examinations.

Home Graduate Programs 1-Year Specializing Masters in English Master in International Cooperation and Development

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