The objective of creating an original and word-class leading Master’s course on “economic policies in the age of globalisation” will be achieved through a collaboration between eight prestigious universities in Europe and the world. They offer excellent, recognized and well established Master’s degree courses in specific and complementary fields, and which have leading research centres working on the institutional, interdisciplinary and global dimensions of economic policies.
The choice of the universities in the consortium was guided by the objectives of complementarity (to guarantee the excellence of the Master’s course) and consistency (to provide a common and visible framework for all the students). Course complementarity relies:
- on the specific expertise of each institution in the field of economic policies;
- on the common culture on economic policies interdependencies the Master’s cours aimes to provide to all the students;
- on the interdisciplinary approach to economic policy. Within the economics community, all the partners involved in the consortium are recognised worldwide for their original approach that takes account of the role of the institutions, historical paths, sociological dimensions of market construction and the systemic dimensions of macro-financial regimes and regulation. They are used to delivering courses to international students;
- and on the willingness to focus on regions that play a leading role in the globalisation. Among consortium partners are institutions ranked as the best universities in their respective countries, and able to offer world-class expertise: Wits focuses on Africa, and especially on development issues, SNU focuses on Asia, UFRJ on South America and UMass on North America. Thus, with Europe, there is close involvement of five continents in the Master’s programme.
Since the Master’s programme focuses on economic policy and globalisation, the participation of third-countries is a key asset: by being involved in local research labs and by taking optional courses on their fields of interest, students will be able better to understand regional economic situations and problems with the help of leading experts.