IE School of Global and Public Affairs and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) have signed a new agreement to launch an Executive Master in International Development (EMID), a programme for mid-career professionals who wish to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental development around the world. 

Born out of a common desire for the world to come together and tackle global challenges, this programme provides a practical and hands-on approach to the latest issues in the field of development, as well as the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   

Combining development studies with management training, the programme is designed for professionals who want to improve their competencies and boost their professional profiles in the multilateral, governmental, private or not-for-profit sectors, working on development issues.   

Taught by IE University’s research faculty and top representatives from the United Nations and other international organizations, the programme will allow students to dive into the challenges of international development.  

This programme complements and strengthens the existing collaboration between the IE School of Global and Public Affairs and UNSSC that dates back to 2018 and has grown over the years, offering students a unique learning experience built around the Sustainable Development Goals. It provides insights into the role of the multilateral system and the public and private sectors, as they work towards societal transformation on a healthy planet. 

"We are thrilled to be renewing and expanding our partnership with UNSSC,” said Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs and Provost of IE University. “On the basis of this intense collaboration, we have launched a Master in International Development, re-designed our Bachelor in International Relations and conducted dozens of joint activities. Now, we are announcing the launch of a new Executive Master in International Development, a one-of-a-kind programme that offers mid-career professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of sustainable development and give their careers an important boost.”.  

“Senior UN practitioners are part of the faculty and we will have joint activities and a solid contact with the UN ecosystem,” added Muñiz. “This programme is the product of a great partnership, one that brings together the worlds of practice and academic excellence."  

“This executive master is built around the key priorities of the UN family, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," noted Jafar Javan, Director of UNSSC. “Students will develop cutting-edge capabilities in data, innovation, strategic foresight, behavioural science and results. They are based on The Quintet of Change which highlights what the UN must focus on to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda.”  

About IE School of Global and Public Affairs  

IE School of Global and Public Affairs offers dynamic, hands-on programmes that prepare students to confront the ever-changing real-world issues happening today. The school is committed to prepare global leaders who are ready to face the future, creating a world governed for all while constantly adapting to change. IE University has a faculty of more than 500 professors who teach students from 140 countries on its master's, PhD and executive education programmes.  

About the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) 

Established in 2002, the United Nations System Staff College is the inter-agency learning organization of the United Nations system. It is headquartered in Turin, Italy, with a Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany. UNSSC provides high-quality and effective programmatic learning to empower UN staff and partners with competencies, and knowledge to support the UN system and Member States to achieve a better future for all.