TERI University

MDP Program Director & Field Coordinator
Swarup Dutta

Website:   http://www.teriuniversity.ac.in/masters-in-sustainable-development-practice


The Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice, seeks to address a critical gap in sustainable development education in developing countries, where such capacity creation is most required. The programme is designed based upon the recommendations of the global situation analysis of development training programmes undertaken during 2007-08 by the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice.

TERI University was one of the original 23 universities worldwide selected by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, headquartered in Chicago, to receive seed funding to create a new master’s degree programme in Sustainable Development Practice. The programme aims to provide rigorous postgraduate training for a new generation of development experts. It draws on the teaching and research expertise of international leaders from numerous areas.

The curriculum has a total of 75 credits, spread over four semesters. The field training component is spread over six months including 2 months of internship and 4 months of major project. Apart from these, we also have a one week exposure visit in the first semester. During the second semester, students undertake needs assessment at various field sites in the country. The students undergo rigorous training in research methods, PRA and project design to undertake the assignments during the field training components.

We have strong partnerships with local and international NGOs, academic and research institutes. Experts from all these organizations are associated with our programme, in terms of curriculum development, delivery of courses and in partnering for hands-on experience for students.

TERI University has a batch size of 30 students (on an average) with an eclectic mix of students from various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds from India and abroad. The alumni of TERI University are already making a difference in the development sector with their achievements.

To learn more about TERI University’s MDP program, please go here http://www.teriuniversity.ac.in/masters-in-sustainable-development-practice