Training for the Profession of Sustainable Development: Educational Requirements for Practical Imperatives
John W. McArthur (USA) Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Promise.
In this article, the authors explain that a new type of cross-disciplinary practitioner is needed, one who understands the complex interactions between fields and is able to effectively coordinate and implement the insights offered by subject-specific specialists in order to solve the sustainable development challenges. In response to this need, the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) programme launched at Columbia University in August 2009, and will begin at 21 additional universities in 2010 and 2011, establishing an expanding global network of leading institutions to promote and support sustainable development.
About the author
John W. McArthur is the Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Promise, the United States’ only international non-profit organization solely committed to supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. He is also a Research Associate at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he previously served as Policy Director, and teaches at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Monday, August 30, 2010