Learning outcomes, academic opportunities and employability
The EPOG+ Master’s course has been designed to address the objectives of the programme and to enhance students’ employability and potential academic perspectives. Referring to the “European Qualification Framework”, the EPOG+ Master’s corresponds to the learning outcomes for “EQF level 7”.
The knowledge, skills and competences of EPOG+ graduates includes:
- (i) a state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in one of the main fields of economic policy (related to Majors A, B and C) and within a common perspective (institutional and interdisciplinary approaches to globalisation);
- (ii) an in-depth “systemic” understanding of the interactions among economic policies (related to the two courses and the joint seminars provided to entire cohort);
- (iii) the unique corresponding skills and competences, in particular, the ability to deal with the complex and systemic interactions among economic policies and to work in an international and cosmopolitan context.
Graduates should have a critical awareness of the problems related to global transition processes. They should be able to work on complex and varied issues and deal with different opinions and backgrounds in a team. They should be able to provide informed and fair assessments of the various solutions and propose hypotheses and ideas that go beyond the restatement or reproduction of past knowledge. They should be able to present their own views in a clear and succinct manner, and respond to objections in a firm, but diplomatic way.
Learning outcomes also includes French language skills and possibly skills in the language of the country the student visits (see the language policy).
Academic opportunities and employability
EPOG+ Master’s graduates are able to address the main problems of economic policies for the global transition and be prepared to respond to real life problems in a variety of national and professional contexts.
EPOG+ graduates are also to research and thus prepared to start a PhD after graduation. The EPOG alumni have demonstrated their capacity to be selected in prestigious PhD programmes of leading universities all around the world (e.g., University of Leeds, SOAS, New-York University, Nottingham University, UMass Amherst, Universities of Paris 10, Paris 13, etc.) and in a variety of academic fields (economics but also sociology, political sciences, geography, management, etc.).
The high employability of the graduates in their home countries and third countries is confirmed by a survey of EPOG graduates: while a third of EPOG+ graduates can be expected to pursue an academic career, the remaining two-thirds are likely to find promising positions in companies, consultancy teams, NGOs or public entities such as ministries, regulatory agencies, research centres and international / inter-governmental organisations. Many graduates have indeed been hired on policy-maker positions with companies, international organisations (e.g., FAO, UNCTAD, ECB), financial institutions (e.g., ESMA), and non-governmental civil-society organisations (e.g. Médecins du Monde), etc.
Employability and academic opportunities is enhanced by the large network of partners and associated partners, coming from both the academic and non-academic worlds and the opportunity to meet prominant researchers and practitioners in some of the courses and in particular in the “joint seminars”. The increasingly large and active network of EPOG alumni at worldwide level is also be a major asset for new graduates’ employability.