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Characteristics of the Master Course

The Course has the duration of one year and  involves a total commitment of 1500 hours and  60 Credits.

Teaching hours are divided as follows:

  • 460 hours for  face to face lectures;
  • 100 hours dedicated to seminars and workshops;
  • 40 hours for guidance module.

Courses are held in  full-time  alternating weekends.



The aim  of this Master course is to train professionals with a unified vision and objective, able to act  in complex situations and to establish priorities. Professionals  who can operate both in their cooperation and in Africa’s development support, that can be a supporting element and contribute to  the development of commercial, financial and industrial development, especially with Italy and Italian companies. Because of the specificity of the area of intervention, the development’s managers ,needed in the international context, must be able to read the crisis from different perspectives and address the solutions that the technicians of the sector will subsequently develop.

The Master offers an interdisciplinary study in order to deepen the regional knowledge of the African context and to provide an in-depth vision of development’s theory and the  practice of  interventions  in international cooperation.

The course is strongly oriented to the practice, that guarantees on one hand the  acquisition of knowledge’s tools of the regional context on the other hand the formation of  a strong theoretical background.


Employment prospects

The professional figure created  after completing this Master Course will have a global vision on  various themes such as development  issues, migration and managerial approach. This figure will have  the opportunity to work in:

  • International Organizations and United Nations;
  • NGO’s at national and international level;
  • Research and study centers;
  • National and international public administration (such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Agency for Cooperation);
  • Local and public administrations;
  • Service companies;
  • University with abroad projects assistance;
  • Private companies with investment  abroad programs, particularly in crisis areas.


Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this Master  Course, candidates  must be in posses  of a Master  of Art Degree (Laurea Magistrale)  released from  an  Italian University   or an equivalent  degree got from a foreign University ,  legally recognized by the Italian Government. Academic titles held abroad must have the declaration of value that must be issued by  Italian  diplomatic representations  in the country in which the title is obtained.

Requirements must be fulfilled and demonstrated before the deadline of the University call for participation, otherwise, candidates will not be able to participate in  the selection  test.

Furthermore, candidates  who have TOEFL or IELTS, certificate  will be exempted from the selection test.



Lectures (460 hours)

The programme  is divided into three units:

UNIT 1 – A Common Language (80 h)

  • The geography: the many Africa(s); ethnic identities; cultures; religions
  • The many stories: from colonialism up to now, from missionaries to the Chinese role, African nationalism
  • The economies of leopard skin: between hunger and growth rates in double figures / resources and desertification: comparing models
  • The African cooperation policies and the many regional economic and financial organizations, (CEN-SAD, ECCAS; UNECA; APRM; SADC, EAC, COMESA, IGAD, Jorah; African Development Bank, Islamic Bank, etc.)
  • Migration: current data, origins, directions, structural and economic causes
  • The European and Italian policy toward Africa

UNIT 2 –  Cooperation Development and Mitigation of Migration Flows (180 h)

  • Funding sources, aid programs by area and the role of the various international and African organizations. (Exploring European and Italian initiatives)
  • Possible interventions to reduce migration: experiences and case studies
  • How to prepare development projects: application of  the  Cycle Management Project and sustainable development criteria:
  • Local development, small projects, microfinance
  • Organization of emergency post-conflict interventions / environmental disaster / famine
  • Health sector intervention and mass campaigns organization (communication, vaccination etc.)
  • Humanitarian aid actions and human rights protection/ childhood and women’s role
  • Governance and capacity building projects
  • Peacebuilding and conflict’s management
  • African Universities development assistance
  • University condition per area
  • Possible support services  and intervention project preparation

UNIT 3 – The strengthening of the economic partnership, the development of new businesses, Investments (200 h)

  • The Italian context: current agreements; organizations and Italian companies engaged; sectors and areas of interest; banking and investment aid; the role of ICI, Simest and Sace
  • The African context: modality of  commercial relations construction and  business partnerships investments:
  • Regional organizations, financial and trade institutions (context, procedures and  approach rules) in the Maghreb, Egypt and Sudan; in West Africa; in East Africa; in Central Africa; in South Africa.
  • Terms of partnership and investment in various areas; sectors’ case analysis and intervention hypothesis:
  • Tourism
  • Commerce
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Infrastructure
  • Advanced training of entrepreneurial culture: experiences, techniques, intervention hypotheses
  • Intervention instruments
  • The legal and juridical aspects in the different scenarios and the respect of labor rights and  ethical code
  • Techniques of business plan construction
  • Accompanying / assistance mode to enterprises in order to start participation in the different scenarios
  • How to organize an environmental or social compensation in support of an international investment

Lab/Workshop/Seminars (100 h)

  • Workshop: training course Heat-Hostile Environment Awareness Training (20h) (in collaboration with the Military High command)
  • Seminars: unmanned aircraft system and  Drones  for land and sea control (20h)
  • European projects planning Laboratory: definition and development of a project intervention drawn on  “European Trust Fund to address the causes of illegal migration in Africa” (40 hours)

Guidance module (40 hours)

The guidance module has as a topic “Career Development” and foresee  the discussion of the following topics:

Part I – The youth labor market

Part II – Strategic approach to job seeking


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