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ACADEMICS

MDP

Master of Development Policy

Based on the KDI's hands-on experience on development policy of over 40 years, the Master of Development Policy (MDP) program offers a curriculum where students can examine various issues of socio-economic development in both theoretical and practical frameworks. The program is specifically targeted for international professionals, including government officials, development consultants, and regional specialists who wish to contribute to development policy-making. The program is also focused on fostering professionals in the field of the official development assistance (ODA). Students must take the required core courses as well as a certain number of courses from Sustainable Development or International Development areas.

Academic Goals

  • Build capacity in designing and implementing economic and social policies of developing countries
  • Train professionals in the field of official development assistance (ODA) and international development

Program Characteristics

  • Applicable program that combines development theory and practice of development
  • Sharing the KDI’s hands-on experience on development policy of over 40 years
  • Diverse student body such as international professionals including government officials, development consultants, and regional specialists who wish to contribute to development policy-making

Program Specific Concentrations

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development and Green Growth are keywords in the 21st century development discourse. Leaders in the public sector need to understand the dynamic relations among economic development, human development, environmental protection and societal development. The key issues in SD are (1) human development issues such as poverty, labor, population, education, healthcare, human settlement, human rights, social changes and (2) growth issues such as economic growth, productivity, technology, macroeconomics, project evaluation, environment, and energy. Target students are mid-career professionals in the relevant field, and others who aspire to work in public sector, NGOs, international organizations.

Selected Courses List
  • Analysis of Education Policy in Comparative Perspectives
  • Dispute Resolution and Negotiation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • FinTech and Financial Regulations
  • Foundations of Sustainable Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Global Health and Development
  • Human Capital and Economic Development
  • ICT for SDGs
  • Impact evaluation methods
  • Input/Output Analysis
  • Korean Human Development
  • Korea's Social Policy in Economic Development
  • Labor Economics and Public Policy
  • Land Policy
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Managing and Implementing Sustainable Development
  • Mind, Behavior and Public Policy
  • Participatory Governance in Public Decision Making
  • Policies on Climate Change
  • Population and Development
  • Productivity and Economic Growth
  • Real Estate Finance and Public Policy
  • Regional Development and Public Policy
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Social Development and Policy
  • State Fragility and Development Policy
  • Sustainable Energy Policy
  • The United Nations and Sustainable Development
  • Topics in Political Economy of Development
  • Urban Transportation Policy

International Development

"How can we align international economic and diplomatic policies with development?” Leaders in the public sector need to have an answer for this important question, and this concentration offers theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various fields of study for the question. The key issues in ID are (1) global issues such as ODA, trade, FDI, international finance, international organizations and (2) regional issues such as country or area studies. The target students are mid-career professionals in the relevant field, and others who aspire to work in public sector, NGOs, international organizations, and trade-related private sector.

Selected Courses List
  • Competition, Innovation and Firm Dynamics
  • Current Trade Issues
  • Democracy, Political Mobilization and Economic Development: Korea’s Experience
  • FDI Marketing & Promotion
  • G20 and Global Governance
  • Institutional Reform in Developing Countries
  • International Financial Management
  • International Financial Policy
  • Issues and Analysis of Global Civil Society
  • Korean Economic Development
  • Public Management for International Development
  • The United Nations and Global Affairs
  • Theory and Policy of International Trade
  • Topics in North Korean Economy
  • Topics on Chinese Economy
  • Trade and Development
  • Trade Law and Policy in Practice
  • Understanding the World Trading System

MIPD

Master in Intellectual Property and Development Policy

Having the history of rapid economic growth and placed at the forefront of IP and innovation, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Korean Intellectual Property Office have jointly organized the MIPD program to provide students with the in-depth knowledge, expertise and practical know-how to operate as IP policy makers for development and leaders in the public and private sector.

As the world’s first MIPD focusing on intellectual property and development, its objectives are to enable students to acquire broader and deeper knowledge of the principles and sources of IP law, an understanding of how these are changing as a result of globalization, and to obtain a global perspective and professional expertise in IP and Policy Development.

Academic Goals

  • Acquire broader and deeper knowledge of the principles and sources of international intellectual property law and understanding of how these are changing as a result of globalization
  • understand the framework for analyzing policy making for economic growth and sustainable development
  • Appreciate the role of IP as a tool for development
  • Develop the capacity to evaluate and examine various implications of IP laws and policy for socio-economic development
  • Obtain a global perspective and professional expertise in IP and Policy Development
  • Demonstrate the capacity to write a research paper on IP and development issues satisfying the requirements of objectivity, structure, analytical reasoning and independence

Program Characteristics

  • As the world’s first MIPD focusing on intellectual property and development
  • The curriculum will focus on IP areas such as International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Copyright and Related Rights, Patents and Innovation

Program Specific Concentrations


Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy

Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy (IP) Innovation is the key driver of human progress in this age of technological change and globalization. From advancements in electronics, biotechnology, renewable energy, and sustainable supplies of clean water, innovation advances the global community. A sound system of intellectual property (IP) laws and management is a critical foundation for harnessing the creativity necessary for development. Patents, designs, trademarks, copyrights and all other IP rights play an important role in a country’s social, economic and environmental development.

Selected Courses List
  • Introduction to Development Policy
  • Analysis of Market and Public Policy
  • International Intellectual Property Law and Development
  • Copyright and Related Rights
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Trademarks, Designs and Geographical Indications
  • Patents and Innovation
  • IP, Emerging Issues and Sustainable Development
  • Korean Economic Development
  • Trade and Development
  • IP Management and Practice


Common Concentration


Data Science for Public Policy and Management 

Data Science for Public Policy and Management concentration aims to train innovative leaders who solve real-world public policy and management problems using computational thinking and data science techniques. Two basic courses prepare students to acquire data science’s foundational perspectives and skills: Programming Fundamentals using Python and Programming Fundamentals using R. After Basic courses, students can choose advanced courses based on their interests to build intermediate and advanced skills or to apply data science skills to public policy and management problems. * Common concentration is available to declare only as the 2nd concentration and the 1st concentration should be from your program specific ones to graduate.

Selected Courses List
  • Programming fundamentals using Python
  • Programming fundamentals using R
  • Network Analysis for Social Scientists
  • Data visualization
  • Machine learning for data science
  • Korea’s Microdata Analytics for Public Policy