Education for Sustainable Development


As part of the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP), which André Corrêa d’Almeida co-directs, develops educational curriculum and programs on sustainable development and development practice for both grad level and executive training programs. The MPA-DP collaborates with different schools on and off Columbia University campus to offer knowledge and skills based educational opportunities on some of the most pressing development challenges of our times. Currently, we work in the U.S., China, Kazakhstan and Jordan. Some of these courses include:

Development Practice Lab (DP-Lab)

This course, designed and led by André Corrêa d’Almeida, methodically delivers hands-on training for high priority skills in the development field and integrates knowledge across different disciplines. The DP-Lab is a two-semester requirement in the first-year curriculum and it consists of 16 labs taught with the participation of guest practitioners from the field. For more information click here.

Foundations of Sustainable Development

The broad goal of this course led by Glenn Denning is to introduce the foundations of key sectoral and thematic knowledge for these important challenges to sustainable development. Upon successful completion of the course, students will become familiar with current and emerging global issues related to Sustainable Development Goals, be equipped to analyze critical dimensions of sustainable development in the context of both industrialized and developing countries, and be cognizant of the key spatial and temporal connections and their integration for successful policy and practice of sustainable development. For more information click here.

Professional Field Placements

These three months or more on-the-job trainings, led by Kendal Stewart, are designed to provide students with practical work experience in sustainable development practice and a holistic learning experience, deeply grounded in the local environment. The program management team curates unique consultancy-type opportunities, with established partner organizations based on their needs and works. click the following links from more information on field placements and profiles of our students in action.

Global Refugee Response: Policy and Practice

This course designed and led by André Corrêa d’Almeida is an effort to (a) create a graduate level learning opportunity in the field of refugee response with a focus on the Middle East and neighboring regions, (b) methodically deliver practical and multidisciplinary trainings for high priority skills in the field of refugee response, and (c) contextualize practice within the broader political and institutional setting in which response occurs or needs to occur. For more information click here.