Projects and Public policies engineering

Organized by MAI Montpellier
Mai Coordinators: Co-organized by The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier and the University of Montpellier

Aims

The recent evolutions of the rural world have indeed favoured the emergence of numerous institutions of rural and local development that implement programmes and operations targeting both the development and planning of rural territories. Actually, these structures look for highly qualified persons with expertise in rural development.

As a matter of fact, decentralization resulting in new assignments to local governments has generated growing training needs in order to help decision-making in the field of agriculture and rural zones management. New structures of local governance have appeared; they elaborate and implement participative projects of rural development, and therefore look for the most pertinent available competencies. Civil society, recognized as a major partner for the rural zones development is now both an actor of decision-making and a project operator. And decentralized decisions on rural development are now more and more articulated to the Common agricultural policy of the European Union. All these institutional innovations and trends require a strong knowledge of the various actors of rural development and of their specific assignments. They create a need for more available competencies and expertise which are to be both specialized and operational.

 

Objectives

This course aims at :

  • Providing training in the field of rural development engineering; it is available for current or future project managers or engineers in charge of development programmes, for those responsible for local development or in charge of studies within local government structures, and broadly all kind of organizations and institutions concerned with agricultural and rural development.
  • At teaching to economists and engineers the common language needed for team work.

To reach these goals, the education programmes includes the use of theoretical and practical tools as well as the acquisition of professional experience (individual and collective training), allowing trainees to be in contact with local actors and field realities, so as to be immediately operational at the end of the course. More exactly, this course permits to acquire:

  • Knowledge : the theories of development, scientific bases of the  rural territories development approaches;

Know-hows :

  • how to make a territory diagnosis, lead surveys, elaborate rural development projects, constitute files, carry out the economic and financial evaluation of a rural development project;
  • how to behave in multi-disciplinary working teams, how to act as interface between the technical and socio-economic aspects.

 

 

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - MONTPELLIER PROGRAMME

TRAINING SEQUENCE

This programme is organized in 11 units (60 ECTS)

Prerequisites
11 July - 16 Sept. 2016    Upgrade in economics and management (microeconomics, accounting, financial analysis and statistics)

Unit I
19 - 30 Sept 2016 ECONOMICS FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (3 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination

Unit II
03 - 14 Oct. 2016 DIAGNOSIS METHODS AND TOOLS : DATA ANALYSIS, INFORMATION AND GEOGRAPHICAL SYSTEMS, PRE-DIAGNOSIS (2 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Collective reports

Unit III
17 Oct - 18 November 2016 DIAGNOSIS OF RURAL TERRITORIES (6 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Written report and oral presentation.

Unit IV
21 Nov - 02 Dec. 2016 DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABILITY: FROM APPROACHES TO INDICATORS (4 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination

Unit V
5 - 15 December 2016 MARKETS, POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS (3 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and reading notes on a scientific or institutional text chosen by the student

Unit VI
2 -13 January 2017 PROJECTS ELABORATION METHODOLOGY (4 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Written report and oral presentation

Unit VII 
16 January - 10 February 2017 FINANCIAL EVALUATION (6 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and presentation of group works. 

Unit VIII
February - March 2017   ECONOMIC EVALUATION METHODOLOGY I : prerequisites for evaluation in general and detailed evaluation (4 ECTS)
            ECONOMIC EVALUATION METHODOLOGY II : evaluation of policies and regional multipliers (11 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination

    
Unit  IX
October 2016 - March 2017 MODERN LANGUAGES COURSES (2 ECTS)
English language lessons will be provided from October 2015 to March 2016.
October 2016 - March 2017 RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SCIENCES METHODOLOGY SEMINAR AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESEARCH 
Evaluation procedure :

  • A first grade (representing 30%) will be assigned during the first sequence, based on individual works and presentations of the research projects. Another grade (70%) will be assigned individually during the working group sequence.
  • Evaluation of the bibliography of the final research document

Unit X
March - Sept. 2017 INTERNSHIP PROJECT AND MASTER RESEARCH DOCUMENT (15 ECTS)

 

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

Written Master thesis linked to the professional training experience, including the context, the conceptual framework, the methodology, the results; defence in front of an examining board of lecturers-researchers, and / or professionals. (60 ECTS)