The Master of Globalisation and Development approaches development as the outcome of intensifying global-to local- to-global interactions. It introduces a multi-disciplinary perspective to analyse opportunities and threats to poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability associated with these interactions in low and middle income countries at both the national and local levels.
The objective of the Master’s programme is to provide the students with a solid understanding of the current global development context in all of its dimensions (worldwide markets for goods and services, capital and labour/migration, the planetary challenge of sustainable development in this era of environmental crisis/climate change). It offers insight and tools to analyse and improve the impact of the global context on local development and poverty alleviation in the global South and vice versa. As such due consideration is given to the complexity of local–global interactions in the multifaceted arenas of globalisation.
The Master’s programme comprises 12 months, starting and ending mid-September, and consists of four modules.
Most IOB students already have professional experience before studying at IOB. Our alumni survey shows that IOB graduates mostly (continue to) work in the government sector (24 %), international organisations (19 %), NGOs (13 %), higher education/research institutes (13 %). Some of the most recurrent employers among IOB graduates are within the government sector (e.g. Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning), national parliaments, inter/supranational organisations (e.g. United Nations, African Union, European commission, Asian/African/Inter-American Development Banks), national and international NGOs (e.g. Transparency International, Oxfam, Action Aid), higher education/research (universities, think tanks, etc.) and bilateral or multilateral donor agencies (e.g. BTC, World Bank, USAID, GTZ).
The survey also revealed that 95 % of IOB alumni felt that IOB studies had prepared them adequately for their subsequent careers. Most of them (67 %) even occupied a higher position within the organisation after studying at IOB than prior to their IOB Masters, while 28 % continued at the same level.
Additionally, IOB offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies administered by IOB and granted by the University of Antwerp. IOB also cooperates with the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp to offer interdisciplinary PhD programmes in the field of development.
Why choose UAntwerp?
“An unforgettable experience, filled with different cultures coming together, intense learning and warm friendships! I can recommend it to anyone who is willing to acquire a thorough understanding of development.”
Sebastian Van Hoeck | Belgium