United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) Policy issues are becoming more complex, and policymaking has become a structured interaction between networked actors, with national governments and international organisations playing central roles in human development. More than ever, there is a clear need for specialists in policy analysis who can work in international and multi-level policy processes, taking on duties in the analysis of policy problems and the implementation and evaluation of solutions. In order to perform well in this domain, actors require a combination of theoretical background knowledge, technical skills and the opportunity to practise them, as well as a solid understanding of key policy fields.
The Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development programme is a double-degree programme of Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance and University Nations University’s institute UNU-MERIT. In 2018, the programme was re-accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) and received the official EAPAA accreditation by the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation.
The starting point of the MPP programme is to stimulate students to gain an understanding of the basic idea of good governance. The emphasis of the programme lies with the question of how can public policy be dealt with in the most effective and efficient way.
Courses offered: – Public Policy – Public Economics – Public Policy Analysis – Introduction to Migration Studies – Risk and Vulnerability Assessment – The Global Social Challenge: Beyond Poverty and Inequality – Innovation and the Global Income Distribution – Introduction to Regions – International Trade: Theory, Policy, Environment and Development – Migration and Remittance Effects – Building Resilience and Adaptive Governance – Understanding Social Protection – Innovation and Development Patterns around the Globe – Comparative Regionalism – The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization – Data Collection and Analysis for Migration Studies – Risk Management in Crisis Situations – Quantitative Techniques for Social Protection Policy Design – Innovation Systems in the Global Economy – Regionalism and Multi-Level Governance – International Intellectual Property Law and Policy – Comparative Migration Policy – Risk Communication – Financing Social Protection – Science, Technology and Innovation Policy – Research Seminar: Topical Issues in Comparative Regionalism – Development and Human Rights