Master in International Cooperation and Development - MICAD
Nothing but the students' voices can describe the experience and takeaways of the Master. Here some of the keywords that MICAD alumni have highlighted during a recent survey.*
* survey conducted among 123 MICAD graduates from 2014 to 2019. Respondents: 75
Thank you for the opportunities to work with esteemed professors, who treated us as colleagues rather than students, sharing their professional and personal experiences. Thank you for challenging us to affront academic subjects that we wouldn't have otherwise dared. Thank you for providing a space where we could share our ideas knowing that our colleagues would use our input to collaborate and build well-founded, intelligent arguments. A six-month adventure that would teach us so much about the world, and ourselves.
Besides providing the practical and academic training needed to understand the complex nature of this field, MICAD challenged students to think creatively while exploring a wide range of topics that are at the heart of international development: gender, innovation, partnerships, migration, climate change, participation and social change. One of the very interesting aspects of this program was its internationality. Thanks to students from different parts of the world, discussions were enriched and the whole learning experience was amplified.
MICAD served as turning point in my career path. I already had some years of experience but when joined MICAD little I knew on the inspiration the master would be, pushing my mental and physical borders further. Both scientific and professional training, combined with the multicultural environment introduced me to new professional possibilities: I worked in migration and Human Rights Protection coordinating and managing different projects at World Vision, UNHCR and OSCE. It has been such a journey so far with a grateful heart to ASERI for the unquestionable contribution to it.
This is MICAD for me: motivation, inspiration, curiosity. The Master gave me the chance to understand what I really wanted to do in life. Knowing professors and students sharing similar interests and passions motivated me day by day. It allowed me to apply to various jobs in small NGOs, but also in international organizations such as UNICEF in Nepal and Switzerland. To the new students: remain focused and always measure the impact we have with our work in our team, in our office, in our community and in our society. This way we can contribute to the missions of the institutions we work for.