Launch of Global Development Academy

The Global Development Academy brings together experts from across the University to tackle issues facing the world.

Global Development Academy launch

Launched on 8 October, the Academy provides a forum for collaboration between staff in all three colleges. It will bring academics together to share resources and knowledge.

Global development challenges that will be addressed by the Academy include combating enduring poverty and inequality, promoting the better use of resources, and aiding more effective government in the developing world.

The Academy will aim to translate scientific advances into practical, effective and efficient solutions that can be implemented in impoverished nations.

The Global Development Academy is the second global academy to be launched by the University. The Global Health Academy began operations in November 2009.

New courses

The Global Development Academy will develop new postgraduate programmes that will equip students with the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to play a central role in shaping the world’s future.

The new programmes will build upon masters courses already in operation that create strong relationships between the University and developing nations.

The MSc in Africa and International Development offers students the opportunity to undertake internships within partner organisations in Africa, while the MSc in Environment and Development has attracted students from all over the world.

The Global Development Academy transcends academic, intellectual and institutional boundaries to build new teaching, research and partnership programmes. This will help realise the University's potential in playing the fullest role it can in transforming the world

James SmithDirector, Global Development Academy

Development role

The launch of the academy follows soon after the creation of the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, coordinated by the University, which will encourage people in some of the world’s poorest communities to develop more fully the economic potential of their natural environment.

The £40 million programme aims to train experts from developing countries to cultivate new farming techniques and develop flood resistant infrastructure.

Global Academies

A global network of experts developing innovative solutions for the world’s most challenging problems.

The Global Academies are inspired by a growing recognition that today's problems are increasingly complex and international in nature. They require thoughtful, collaborative solutions.

The Global Development Academy and the Global Health Academy provide a step change in the way the University is able to build multi-disciplinary responses to these complex global issues.

The Academies bring together experts from over 25 academic disciplines to engage in global collaborative research to improve the quality of life for people across the world.

They also cross traditional subject boundaries to offer world leading interdisciplinary postgraduate degrees that equip future leaders to combat global challenges.