Master in Development Practice - Sustainable Rural Development (MDP)

MDP

 

Israel's renowned Hebrew University's Master in Development Practice - Sustainable Rural Development (MDP) program invites you on an exciting journey, allowing you to benefit from interdisciplinary studies, hands-on experience and top-notch academia. Here you can meet and collaborate with similar, passionate minds from around the world, acquiring specialty knowledge and building the skills, experience, and networks to make the world a better place. And all this while studying in one of the most diverse countries in the world.

Israel is a microcosm hotbed of local and international challenges: scarcity of arable land, water, energy and natural resources; climate adversity; diverse topography; security issues; and continuous rural and urban development. The population is a mosaic of more than 120 nations of origin, including Palestinian, Druze and Bedouin Arabs and other religious and ethnic minorities whose increasing financial and economic inclusion are critical to accelerate the country’s rate of economic growth.

Innovation has become the basis for Israel’s comparative advantage, which has enabled a transition from an emerging to a developed economy status. By acquiring niche expertise through high-end R&D capabilities, technology innovations in agriculture, water, food, health and energy, and identifying and developing areas of global competitiveness, the country itself is basically proof of how to turn disadvantages into advantages.

The Hebrew University's International School of Agricultural Sciences offers this unique, English-taught MDP program that is accredited by the Global MDP Association, as a joint venture with Jerusalem Institute’s Milken Innovation Center.

The two-year program is dedicated to  Resource and Development Economics. Students are given the unique opportunity to benefit from classes taught by leading academics and professionals who will provide them with the tools to explore market-based solutions to agricultural, environmental, economic and business challenges of global, sustainable development. The program is a multilateral scholastic and training hub and combines not only academic learning but also practical internship training with demonstrable project development outcomes.

Students will also enjoy a combination of field work in Israel and their home country and be given access to a vast network of expertise together with the entrepreneurial and financial ecosystem focused on international development. Over the course of the studies, MDP students will also be engaged in an intensive internship with governmental, public and private organizations, businesses, social enterprises, and NGOs working on sustainable development.

Graduates of the MDP program will be able to:  

  • develop programmatic project-driven and market-based strategies
  • employ skills in business
  • develop project plans to bridge technological and economic gaps that limit regional economic growth.

There is a critical need, and significant unmet demand, to rapidly increase professional capacity in developing countries while encouraging a cross-border movement of experts across their professions to analyze, understand, and shape action strategies for a better future.

The Hebrew University's MDP program gives you the practical skills and academic competence you require to start a meaningful, world-embracing career in a fascinating, international setting with like-minded, enthusiastic professionals.

 

More information can be found in the following links:

Program structure 

Admission requirements  

Application guidelines   

Tuition information

 

Contact us for more information:
Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: noapl@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489996

 

Why study MDP in Israel?

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"By educating students and entrepreneurs from diverse populations how to identify, develop and deploy scalable technological solutions, we will harness and bridge untapped entrepreneurial and innovative potential, and inspire transnational venture creation that fulfills unmet market needs while adding social and economic value."

 

The Master in Development Practice - Sustainable Rural Development (MDP) will apply profound lessons for a global future assembled from the microcosm of Israel's local challenges in scarcity of arable land, water, energy and natural resources, climate adversity, security, and rural and urban development. Innovation created to overcome those sources of scarcity became the basis for Israel’s comparative advantage, which enabled a transition from emerging to developed economy status. This transition came about on account of Israel acquiring niche expertise through high-end R&D capabilities, technology innovations in agriculture, water, food, health and energy, and identifying and developing areas of global competitiveness. Israel’s challenges of scarcity went global as the primacy of the success of frontier and emerging markets became the key drivers for economic growth globally. Advanced and emerging markets have now traded places as the sources of demographic and relative GDP growth.

As a global laboratory for nation and market building, Israel’s experiences as a “start-up nation” provide an important research and training hub for addressing scarcity and overcoming barriers to growth. By developing climate smart technologies and sustainable solutions in water, agriculture, energy, and health, Israel is decoupling economic growth from resource use.

Decoupling is particularly important for emerging economies facing conflicting challenges of climate change, mitigation, and resilience, natural resource constraints in commodity markets and the requirements for job creation and capital formation. Creating innovative finance solutions that facilitate technology transfer catalyzes growth of human, social, and natural capital as well as real asset formation for income and wealth development. Mobilizing a trained cadre of development practitioners is key for expanding economic participation and financial inclusion.

Israel’s entrepreneurial and public policy innovation combines public-private partnerships (through both business and social enterprise) with scientific, social, economic and financial innovation. This innovation process makes Israel among the most creatively intense, inventive, resilient and diverse countries in the world.  Israel's population is a mosaic of more than 120 nations of origin, including significant diversity of Palestinian, Druze and Bedouin Arabs and other religious and ethnic minorities whose increasing financial and economic inclusion are critical to accelerate the country’s rate of economic growth. The program’s focus on agriculture, environment and social investing coupled with developing global competitiveness and regional development will provide a unique context for this experiential and classroom based professional training in development practice.

By educating students and entrepreneurs from diverse populations about how to identify, develop and deploy scalable technological solutions, we will harness and bridge untapped entrepreneurial and innovative potential, and inspire transnational venture creation that fulfills unmet market needs while adding social and economic value. The program will be a unique combination of natural, social, health and management sciences in conjunction with targeted field development research, mentorships, innovation labs, and international fellowships. This borderless ecosystem will provide unparalleled experiential learning and practical economic development progress to develop and deliver technology transfers that target sustainable development goals. 

There is a critical need—and significant unmet demand—to train in Israel’s global laboratory and to rapidly increase professional capacity in developing countries. However, current programs that focus on this goal in Israel and in the region fall short.  They are too broad focusing only upon policy and economics, but not on development practice per se; they are too academic, with insufficient attention to developing practical skills; and they are too oriented towards developed countries, and do not incorporate the specificities of a developing economy context.  This program meets the demand and the need for rigorous but practical education with demonstrable educational and project development outcomes.

The Hebrew University MDP Program combines classroom learning at Hebrew University, proprietary case studies, field work in both host (Israel) and home countries, and access to Israeli scientific and technological expertise and the wide network of the entrepreneurial and financial ecosystem focused on international development.  The program’s mix of academic rigor, practical training, and sustained alumni engagement will help create a network of development practitioners and policymakers equipped with the analytical tools and real-world experience to meet SDGs.

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: noapl@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489996

 

 

MDP Program Structure

The Master in Development Pratice - Sustainable Rural Development (MDP) program will be taught in English and will be accredited by both the Hebrew University and the Global MDP Association.

Students will benefit from a supportive academic environment at the Hebrew University’s International School, Department of Environmental Economics and Management and The Department of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources in Agriculture, along with other selected academic departments.
The Jerusalem Institute-Milken Innovation Center will provide close research supervision and practical training by the academic director of the program. The Center will also provide research and training staff to instruct and lend support in all aspects of students’ Fellowship training in sustainable development. This will include the preparatory training operation and orientation, core and elective courses in sustainable development finance, monthly problem solving and skill workshops (first year), research practicum seminar (second year), and supervision for all field internships and project implementation plans.

The program’s intensive training includes:

  • A pre-session (preparatory, gap-filling coursework).
  • Core, mandatory and elective academic courses.
  • A monthly workshop on skill development and problem solving for innovation applications at the Jerusalem Institute-Milken Innovation Center.
  • A weekly research practicum seminar at the Jerusalem Institute-Milken Innovation Center.
  • An individual project implementation plan.

In the second year, MDP students will intern four days a week with one of the following: governmental initiatives (ministries, public-private partnership, or agency), businesses, social enterprises, and NGOs working on sustainable development.

Tentative MDP program (as of January 2018)

Pre-session

A two-week preparatory workshop (preceding the first semester of the program) will include intensive review of key areas, skills training, orientation and a study tour of regional sustainable development projects relating to the core and concentration topics

First year

Each semester consists of approx. 15 hours a week of core and mandatory courses for a total of about 30 Hebrew University credits

Core courses include:

Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice

Financial Innovations for Sustainable Economic Development

Development and Public Health

Economics of Growth and Development

Introduction to Economics of Natural Resources

Skill Training Workshop (offered by Milken Innovation Center)

Mandatory courses include:

Econometrics A

Selected Aspects of the Economics of Natural Resources

Environmental Economics

Strategic Judgment and Decision Making

Summer semester

Ahead of their second year project implementation plan and internship, students will conceive an implementable project in Israel or their home country in their target area of development practice (food/agriculture, energy, water, and health).

Second year

Elective courses (about 10 Hebrew University credits)

Research Practicum Seminar (offered by Milken Innovation Center)

4 days a week of internship

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: noapl@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489996

 

Admission Requirements - MDP

 

1. Undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognized university as follows:

Economics degree – direct admission

Accounting or business administration degrees – direct admission if the the candidtae had studied the topics incorporated in the following microeconomic courses:

These courses may be taken during the first year of the MDP studies. These courses are to be taken in addition to the credits required for the MDP degree.

Natural/life sciences, computers, statistics and engineering degrees – admission could be considered upon approval of sufficient academic background in:

In addition, the student will be required to take the following courses during the first year of the MDP studies:

These courses are to be taken in addition to the credits required for the MDP degree.

*Applicants without adequate academic background will need to complete the courses listed above, either in a recognized academic institution or online. These courses need to be approved beforehand by the MDP academic committee. Applicants will need to send us in advance the name of the academic institution where the course is taught, the syllabus and the credit points. Applicants completing these requirements via free online course services will be examined on these topics prior to the beginning of the MDP studies.

 

2. GPA of 80 or above (B- on the A-to-D letter scale).
 

3. High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following:

  • At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test
  • At least 7.0 on the IELTS

Candidates with a score of 80-89 in TOEFL or 6-6.5 in IELTS may be admitted to the program with the condition of reaching the required level of English language proficiency by the end of the first school year in the program.

  • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
  • Exemption of English learning from an approved Israeli institution of higher education.

 

4. Online interview.
 

5. Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.
 

 

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: noapl@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489996

 

 

 

How to Apply - MDP

Registration deadline: July 2019

Application fee: $110 
 

  • INTERNATIONAL applicants:

BEFORE YOU APPLY, please read the guidelines: http://info.huji.ac.il/en-overseas/Online_Application

To apply, please follow this link to the Hebrew University online registration system: http://hsr.huji.ac.il

 

 

  • DOMESTIC applicants (applicants with academic degrees from Israeli universities and colleges):

Please follow this link to apply through the Hebrew University online registration system to the program: כלכלה, ניהול ופיתוח בר-קיימא במרחב הכפרי

https://www.huji.ac.il/dataj/controller/nirshamim/

In addition to the online application, please submit the following by email to Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, program coordinator:

  • Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be by academician. 
  • CV (resume) 
  • Letter of intent

 

For more information:

Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: noapl@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition - MDP

 

Tuition:

One-year tuition for international students: approx. $5,200* 

One-year tuition for Israeli students: approx. 14,500 NIS

Application fee: $110

 

*The tuition does not include airfare, housing, health insurance, transportation and living expenses.

The International School of Agricultural Sciences may be able to provide a limited amount of financial support to MDP students.

Candidates are encouraged to seek funding from other sources, such as those listed at: http://intschool.agri.huji.ac.il/schol-sources

 

Expenses:

Round-trip airfare to and from Israel: The student is responsible for funding airfare and/or other transportation to and from Israel.

Living expenses: Living expenses include food, personal supplies, apparel, transportation, etc. for one year. 

Housing: International students typically reside in the student dormitories on the Faculty of Agriculture campus in Rehovot. Dormitory rent varies according to room type and availability: shared double room, single room, or single room in a shared apartment. Off-campus housing is generally more expensive. The International School is unable to assist with off-campus housing.

Medical insurance: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem requires all students to be covered by adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Israel. Health insurance can be purchsed either privately or via the International School.

Estimated one-year program costs

Application fee

US $

110

MSc tuition

US $

5,200

Medical insurance

US $

1,020

Student dormitory (shared double room)

US $

3,000

Living expenses

US $

10,170

TOTAL

US $

19,500

Updated May 2018. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem reserves the right to revise figures.

 

 

For more information:

Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: noapl@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489996