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BScInternational Development Management

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Van Hall Larenstein believes it is really possible for everyone to profit equally from development while still respecting the environment. Through sustainable trade, equal rights and equal opportunities, a healthy balance between people, earth and prosperity can be achieved.

The Bachelor of International Development Management gives you the knowledge and motivation to take steps towards promoting this balance. In your study programme, you can opt to focus on reconstructing society after natural disasters, empower people living in rural areas or contributing to fair economic chains from raw material to consumer. In all cases, you will learn to bring people together, defend interests of different stakeholders, and to facilitate and support developments and innovation.

International Development Management teaches you more about geography, biology and green economy, but it also includes the following topics: international collaborations, intercultural communication, prevention of natural disasters and reconstruction following disasters, fair trade, business administration, strengthening of rural societies and you’ll also learn how to set up projects.

You will study subjects like marketing (regarding the sector, international development and business), and organisation and innovation, which are presented from the programme’s perspective. This approach will motivate you to make a well-considered choice for a specialisation:

  • Disaster Risk Management: Droughts, heat waves, floods and other disasters are happening more frequently and are increasing in severity. How can you help societies get back on their feet quickly after a disaster, and in such a way that they are more resilient when the next disaster occurs?
  • Rural Development and Innovation: In some countries, people are moving to the cities, causing depopulation of the countryside. What will be the effect on the liveability in villages, the effect for the rural youth?
  • Sustainable Value Chains: As a chain expert, you will create a better existence for the producers and their organisations, working together with businesses, NGOs and (local) governments. In order to achieve this responsible trade, you will use your knowledge of sustainable food production as well as your people skills and, not least, your economic drive.

Career opportunities

After graduating from International Development Management, you can find work as a consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can set up your own company or find employment at a local, national or international government body or organisation.

You will have gained wide expertise in the areas of:

  • communication
  • participatory planning and learning
  • rural economics
  • development approaches
  • agriculture
  • cultures
  • nature conservation
  • tourism
  • water management
  • sociology and environmental studies.

Sustainable Value Chains

Fair Trade is something that many companies are trying to achieve. As more and more producers and consumers worldwide become conscious of the social impact of trade, more career opportunities arise.

You can become a campaign officer, where you draw up plans for how a company can improve their trade methods and strategies, you can be a Fair Trade educator, a buyer for a company or a certification analyst who determines whether a product has been bought and produced fairly.

Rural Development and Innovation

As a rural developer and facilitator, you will pick up new ideas and trends, and use them in policy making and concrete activities. This way you can help people in the field to make a difference. Whether you work in your own or in another country, you will be a mediator between groups within organisations for a better collaboration.

Your flexibility will be as broad as your knowledge of the field. You may find yourself working in a government institution, consultancy firm, in a service centre or innovation group with rural entrepreneurs. You will be perfectly equipped for positions with development organisations such as CMC, VSO, or PSO, or in companies and private organisations that carry out projects around the world.

Disaster Risk Management

If your chosen specialisation is Disaster Risk Management, you will be able to expertly assist communities in becoming stronger and more resilient in the face of both manmade and natural disasters. You will know how to rebuild regions after disasters and be ready to assist communities in getting back on their feet. You act as an advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters.

Furthermore, you develop sustainability projects to increase resilience to natural disasters, for example by building extra strong hospitals and schools in earthquake-prone regions. You co-shape disaster prevention and recovery plans, strategies and policies, which will help save lives and preserve the environment.

After graduation you can find work as a junior consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can find an employer such as a local, national or international government body, a Non Governmental Organisation, business, or set up your own enterprise.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States