MA in International Development Studies (IDS) at National University of Laos
Regionalized development under the GMS initiative has brought about social, cultural and environmental change to Laos, via flows of investment, goods, information and people. Despite their important role in raising the standard of living for many people in Laos, development and modernization have also created problems, such as an urban-rural disparity and the degradation of natural and cultural resources, plus local livelihoods.
In wishing to address the development problems that exist in Laos, NUOL, the largest higher education institution in the country, has collaborated with Chiang Mai University to develop a Master’s Program in International Development Studies (the IDS Program), its aim being to train people in the field of development studies. This collaborative program will be funded by the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) throughout its seven year duration (running from 2009 to 2016), and aims to produce fifteen graduates each year for the first five years.
The Program will focus on development issues such as sustainability, poverty alleviation and the results of development policies in terms of their social, cultural and environmental impacts, looking in particular at the Mekong region. By the time they graduate, students will have been provided with the skills necessary to analyze, contextualize and synthesize development problems - focused on development policies and policy evaluation.
IDS Program Coordinator
Ms. Kesone Kanhalikham
Post-Graduate Office, National University of Laos,
P.O.Box: 7322 Vientiane Lao PDR
Cell:+856-20-2222 11 79
Ms. Nisaporn Boonchaleo
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable
Development, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai