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Profile of Development Studies

About Development Studies

DevelopmentStudiesis a multi-disciplinary field of study that deals with three aspects of development: theory, strategy, and ideology. Development Studies at the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development ITB focuses on the understanding of theories, normative principles, and strategies of development within a holistic framework that takes into account aspects of economy, politics, sociocultural, technology, humanity and sustainable environment. It endeavors to provide the state of the art in the field of development studies, to achieve academic excellence and to enhance its role in the development process of the Indonesian society.

The academic programis designed as such to enableparticipants with both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences background to attend and gain benefit from it. As such the Program is relevant for policy makers, public administrators, business persons and bankers, politicians, engineers, NGO staff, and researchers. The Program provides an academic environment that allows students from a multitude background to interact and exchange ideas as well as information with researchers from various centers at ITB. The learning system is designed to response to development issues that exist in the society. Case study materials and contextual issues are discussed, and development actors are invited as guest lectures. Students are encouraged to investigate issues encountered in their immediate environment for further exploration through thesis work

Development Studies at ITB

Master's Program in Development Studies of Bandung Institute of Technology provide excellent educational services (excellent) for the development of cognitive, affective, and student skills, so that they can play a critical, constructive role in development discourse, and play a creative and innovative role in development practice.

Competence of Graduates

Master's Program in Development Studies of Bandung Institute of Technology curriculum is designed as a means to build student competencies as development analysts,namely the ability to understand the structure of development problems; understand the reciprocal relationship between economic developmentsocial change and technological changeidentify innovation opportunities in development;developing policy intervention scenarios;and communicatingdevelopmentthinkingtorelevantstakeholdersstakeholder.

Career Opportunities 

More than 930 alumni of the programs are currently occupying prominent positions in the public and private sectors. Some of the graduates have gone on to undertake Doctoral program in the fields related to development studies such as governance studies, science & technology policy, social change, economics, and environment, within the country and abroad.

Academic Environment

The lecturers at Master’s Program in Development Studies of Bandung Institute of Technology are a academicians of international reputation, and are experienced in being involved in development activities both in the government, private sector or international development agencies. Master’s Program in Development Studies provides an academic environment that allows students to interact with development stakeholders and researchers in various research and community service centers within Bandung Institute of Technology. The acquisition of National Accreditation (BAN) in two consecutive periods is an indication of the consistency of Bandung Institute of Technology to provide superior educational services for the benefit of students. Bandung Institute of Technology continuously develops and maintains cooperation with various development actors, to ensure that it always follows the state of the art in the field of Development Studies, achieves academic excellence, and increases participation in the development process of the Indonesian nation. state of the art di bidang Studi Pembangunan, meraih keunggulan akademik, dan meningkatkan peran serta dalam proses pembangunan bangsa Indonesia.

Program Outline 

Students of Master’s Program in Development Studiesare taught to think critically,provided with analytical and modeling skills, and trained to develop strategy with futuristic orientation. Students are exposed to development issues from the multitude of perspectives and are trained to formulate strategies that are realistic and ethical. Through class discussion and thesis supervision, students are guided to conduct synthesis of multidisciplinary sciences in order to answer development problems encountered in their working environment.

Integration of Education and Research

In line with policy of Bandung Institute of Technology regarding research-based universities,since 2005 Master’s Program in Development Studies of Bandung Institute of Technology has attempted to integrate learning and research participatory research activities by opening up as many opportunities as possible for studentsto be involved in relevant research projects.Apart from this, students are also stimulated to be involved in participatory research by collaborating with stakeholders. This effort has succeeded in increasing student publications in the form of national/international journal papers, policy papers, or articles in the mass media.

Program Participants

The academic program at Master’s Program in Development Studies is designed to provide benefits for program participants from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds, ranging from administrative actors or policy makers in government organizations, economic/banking actors, managers of private companies, researchers or lecturers from research institutes/ universities, consultants, mass media actors, or NGOs.