The Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the University of Peradeniya was launched in September 2011 following a two-year curriculum development and approval process which was supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation and guidance from the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
The core programme features a four-semester long cross-disciplinary curriculum designed and taught by Ph.D. qualified lecturers from across the Faculties of Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Science and Medicine of the University of Peradeniya and other Universities and Institutions in Sri Lanka and overseas. A focus on the Southern Asian region is a distinctive of the MDP at Peradeniya. Elective courses (specialisation options) include the sustainable development of tropical coastal areas and small islands, preparing for climate change and disaster risk reduction and management.
Course delivery combines student-centred learning with traditional methods, to include lectures, assignments, projects, cross-border learning, peer-group interaction, presentations and field visits. The medium of instruction is English.
After completing a full academic year, students follow a three month “field training” internship at a public, private or non-governmental organization to gain hands-on real-world experience in development practice.
By acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills, students will prepare to work across different fields to design and manage integrated development interventions and to design appropriate policies to support sustainable development.
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