Master in International Cooperation and Development 2012-13



The political, economic and social development of least developed countries is one of the major challenges of globalization. Growing interdependence and integration offer a chance to strengthen cooperative relations between the North and the South of the world. The call to cooperation is urgent: poverty, inequality, conflict, instability, and uncertainty still affect everyday life of a majority of world population.

The Master's Course in International Cooperation and Development offers a privileged framework for designing tentative solutions to the above mentioned problems through the collective action of governmental and non governmental agents, bridging gaps among people, groups and institutions.


This Master's program aims at converting theoretical knowledge into practical wisdom, and to give students a specific set of professional skills to successfully face the job market. This is possible thanks to these distinctive characteristics:

  • the limited number of admitted students guarantees an efficient interaction with instructors and colleagues in the class;
  • active participation in class includes simulations, case analysis, team assignments;
  • experts and executives take an active part in the program sharing their professional experiences with the students;
  • the internship is a chance to directly test skills acquired during courses and a unique opportunity to network.


Since 1996 ASERI has been helping young people from all over the world to develop in their international careers; many former students are currently employed in private and public cooperation agencies.

ASERI has organized many seminars and short courses on development for both professionals and young graduates, such as "Globalization and Development: actors and instruments for international cooperation", "Summer School in Peace and Democracy Building", "Governance and Public Policies" (for a group of Iraqi officials and members of the Parliament).

MIC&D is the outcome of ASERI's long and diversified experience: four editions were predominantly taught in Italian; in English since the a.y. 2010-11. In its history, this program has relied on ASERI's international network of Universities, NGOs, public and private institutions from all over the world, exchanging visions, experiences and scientific reflections with each other and with students.


MIC&D trains professionals to be able to contribute to development cooperation with creativity, personality and competence:

identifying local needs through a bottom-up approach;
managing technical, financial and administrative aspects of cooperation initiatives;
involving civil society in identifying resources and deciding upon their use;
collaborating with national and international institutions within the policy framework of the country where projects are implemented.
The ability to interpret local and international events, to interact with all the stakeholders, to identify and manage environmentally and local culture friendly interventions requires both a basic multidisciplinary training and specialized technical and managerial competences.


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.

Brochure del Master (538.29 KB)

Academic Year
Course Location
Application deadline
03 December 2012
Start date
14 January 2013