Since 2008, with the support of China Scholarship Council and the Ministry of Commerce of China, the College of Humanities and Development Studies started the International Master and Doctor Program on “International Development Studies”. This program equips the students with the international perspectives and the advanced approaches to development research and management, and knowledge on China’s development models and experiences, and educates high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied and research fields. This program integrates the theories with practices, integrates teaching with the practices, builds up a student-friendly environment and provides students with the opportunities of practices, and encourages the independent and innovative thinking.
By the end of 2015, this program has recruited 133 international students (48 doctoral students and 85 Master students), from 43 different countries. Most of them are from developing countries. Twenty-three students have got Doctor Degrees and 44 have got Master Degrees. These international students are working in governments, universities, scientific research institutes, and non-profit organizations after they went back to their homeland. They have become the backbones of their organizations and this program has generated good social impact.
The target applicants of this program are government officials and the leaders of colleges and universities. The applicants need to have excellent academic performance, have bachelor's degrees for Mater program and Master degrees for Doctor program, and have good university grades. We will give priority to those people with the academic background related to humanities and social sciences, and with the work experience in the field of development. The program is taught in English so that the applicants should be proficient in English to complete the study of courses and the thesis writing.