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The COIMBRA Group Development Master Initiative

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The Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative (CGDMI) aims to provide students with the best possible entry into contemporary Development Studies by linking a number of programmes of prominent European universities. Students are given the possibility to migrate between the participating universities in order to gain specialist knowledge in specific fields and in order to experience alternative approaches to development. Students can thus explore different cultural backgrounds already during the university studies. Each of the European programmes also has its own links to partner universities in countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, thus opening diverse windows for students for internships and thesis research. Thereby the CGDMI provides students with a very good basis for a career in international cooperation and in internationally operating organisations.

The universities participating in the CGDMI are: Università degli Studi di Bologna, University of Groningen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université Catholoque de Louvain, Università degli Studi di Padova, Université de Poitiers, Universidad de Salamanca, Università degli Studi di Siena.

The format of the CGDMI is such that students remain registered with their home university and have access to the special 30 EC course packages of the other participating universities. This format, using Erasmus Programme exchange, avoids administrative complications. In addition, the CGDMI organizes a joint Intensive Programme each year for all students participating on the network, which provides for a highly valued interactive learning experience. It is also linked to the bi-annual Coimbra Group Summer School on a specific topical issue in development. Successful finalisation of the CGDMI programme is rewarded with the Coimbra Group Certificate, issued by home University.

More information about the programme can be found in the (CGDMI) folder

Last modified:21 November 2012 2.48 p.m.