The Masters in Development Practice (MDP) was developed by the University of Peradeniya and the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology with a joint grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The first intake was in 2011 and since then there have been 6 cohorts.
This program is supported by MacArthur Foundation, Chicago as a constituent of a 15 node global network of Universities that are offering MDP. The MDP is intended to equip development practitioners with relevance expertise in fields relevant for sustainable development practice.
I undertook the three months internship of my Masters in Development Practice Degree, offered by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, at the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology (FECT), and I worked under the supervison of Dr. Lareef Zubair (Principal Scientist – Foundation of Environment and Climate Technology; & Visiting Lecturer – University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka).
I travelled to the Maldives as an Intern from the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology (FECT) at Renewable Energy Maldives (REM). This internship was arranged by FECT for the-Masters in (Sustainable) Development Practice from the University of Peradeniya. Since one of the students pulled out during the last minute, I had the opportunity to join Mr. K. Wijeratne who was undertaking a separate internship. I undertook preparatory work before and after and visited Male from 15th to 21st April 2013. Our key contact people from REM were Dr.Nasheed Mohamed and Ms.Hudha Ahmed. The main objective of the trip was to understand and get involved with projects of REM.
The Mac Arthur Foundation, in 2008, called for proposals worldwide, to develop a Masters in sustainable practice. As a response, a letter of intent was submitted to implement a Master’s degree Program in Sustainable Development Practice, by the post-graduate institute of science, in collaboration with the center for Economic Studies, University of Peradeniya. Prof B.S.B Karunaratne, Director of the Post-graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, made the submission, together with the program co-coordinators;
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In 2008 the MacArthur Foundation called for proposals worldwide to develop a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice in a process managed by the Earth Institute. After finding out about this call, Dr. Lareef Zubair at the Earth Institute contacted a cross section of interested academics. The pre-proposal for the Masters in Development Practice at the University of Peradeniya was developed by Dr. Lareef Zubair and Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake of the Post-Graduate Institute for Science (PGIS) at the University of Peradeniya with input from several others including:
MDP Orientation Programme 2015 which took placed on Saturday 16th May 2015 from 9.00.am to 12.00 Noon at the Seminar Room of the Dept. of Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
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Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is proposed by the University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology, Columbia University, Open Universities and others started in 2011.
‘Masters in Development Practice’ program held its launch workshop at the Faculty of Arts, on 21st of December 2009. The launch workshop was organized by the MDP teams, led by Dr.Dileni Gunawardena. The inauguration was chaired by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Anoma Abeyratne, who stressed the need for an integrated approach to education, for sustainable development practice.
An overview of the proposed ‘MDP’ course structure was presented by Dr.Ranil Abeysekara, Head of Department of Economics and Statistics. Keynote address was given by Lareef Zubair on the significance and potential of implementing a degree in Sri Lanka. The conceptual framework and background of the ‘MDP’ degree and successful design of Practicums/ Internships was also discussed in the workshop.