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The Master in International Cooperation and Development (MIC&D) offers a privileged framework for designing tentative solutions to poverty, inequality, conflict, instability and uncertainty which still affect the everyday life of a majority of the world population.

Learning objectives

The Master trains professionals to contribute to development cooperation with creativity, personality and competence by interpreting local and international events, interacting with stakeholders, identifying and managing environmentally and local culture-friendly interventions. This Master provides students with multidisciplinary training and specialized technical and managerial competences.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

Students who have completed the Master in International Cooperation and Development are working in various national and international institutions and organizations: NGOs, public administration, private companies, dealing with poverty eradication, emergency, development, migration, institution and democracy building in many different countries. The Master supports the students professional career in cooperation and development, building on their previous background and expertise.


The Master in International Cooperation and Development is structured as four complementary levels, fostering multidimensional training and integrating scientific methodologies and operative competences.

1st level - Scientific Training. The first level provides students of different academic backgrounds with a multidisciplinary education on various dimensions of development processes aimed at acquiring the relevant economic, political, historical, legal, institutional and managerial competences, with a special focus on fighting against poverty and fostering social inclusion. Areas of study:

● Economic and human development

● Geopolitics

● Trade and finance for development

● Development law and institutions

● Project cycle management

2nd level - Professional Training. The second level intends to develop practical skills required to operate in development and emergency cooperation: actors and strategies for conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction, natural disaster management, development programs and projects concerning poverty eradication, food security, environmental sustainability, community-based development initiatives.  Areas of study:

● Development actors and strategies

● Crisis prevention, relief and recovery

● Development aid and governance

● Partnerships for human rights and development

● Enhancing cooperative skills

3rd level and 4th level - Project Work and Internship

Students are required to develop a personal research project on a topic related to development cooperation, under the supervision of a MIC&D professor and/or a professional from a partner institution. The project work will often be connected to the internship experience. The Master is then completed with an internship within one of the ASERI partner institutions or other entities whose mission and activities are consistent with the program.

Faculty & teaching staff

The Master in International Cooperation and Development offers high quality training to a group of 25 students from all continents. The learning platform includes lectures, seminars and a tutored internship. A faculty composed of scholars and professionals from international institutions and non-governmental organizations shares its experience with the class.

Faculty members:

● Prof. Simona Beretta - MIC&D Director, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Dr. Anni Arial - consultant in land governance, former FAO officer

● Dr. Sara Balestri - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Dr. Frank Cinque - ALTIS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Prof. Luigi Curini - Università degli Studi di Milano

● Prof. Paul H. Dembinski - University of Fribourg

● Dr. Giuliano Gargioni - Global Tuberculosis Programme, WHO, Geneva

● Dr. Christophe Golay - Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

● Prof. Xuewu Gu - University of Bonn

● Prof. Marco Lombardi - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Prof. Mario Agostino Maggioni - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Dr. Alberto Monguzzi - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Budapest

● Prof. Mathias Nebel - Institut Catholique de Paris

● Dr. Valeria Patruno - IAL Puglia s.r.l.

● Dr. Giovanna Prennushi - The World Bank, Washington

● Dr. Manuela Prina - European Training Foundation, Turin

● Prof. Riccardo Redaelli - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Prof. Javier Revilla Diez - Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne

● Prof. Michele Riccardi - Transcrime, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Dr. Andrea Rossi - UNICEF, Kathmandu

● Dr. Javier Schunk - PCM Trainer

● Dr. Nicola Strazzari - Vision Plus Media Enterprises, Turin

● Dr. Manuela Tortora - UNCTAD, Geneva

● Prof. Teodora Erika Uberti - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Prof. Roberto Zoboli - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

● Professionals from international institutions, non-govern- mental organizations, applied researchers

ASERI - a center of excellence

Since its foundation in 1995, ASERI has formed young professionals in the fields of international relations and international cooperation, in a stimulating, multidisciplinary learning environment. Students from all over the world, faculty, and professionals find a unique space for discovering new opportunities for their professional enhancement and create a valuable network for future collaboration.

Our experts

Both academics and experienced professionals share their knowledge with students during group activities at ASERI, fostering critical and innovative thinking in facing development and emergency challenges.

Job ready

The Master in International Cooperation and Development provides an opportunity for learning critical and systematic analytical tools, and practical competences for international cooperation. Personal skills are developed in class work and enhanced during the curricular internship.

Global perspective

Students from all continents find at ASERI a unique opportunity for meeting an international faculty. They learn how to cooperate for a world of dignity, justice and peace by practicing cooperation with each other, in a rich and challenging multicultural environment.


All scholarships are assigned on a merit basis and will be mostly given to students who apply by the priority deadline. Some scholarships may also target specific geographic regions.

Scholarships cover 25% of the tuition fees.

Language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have either: TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80; or Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0; or successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language.

Visit the Master in International Cooperation and Development page on the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore website for more details!





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