EPOG+ - Economic POlicies for the Global transition - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

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    Learning outcomes

    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).

    Major A — Eco­nom­ics and pol­i­cy of knowl­edge, inno­va­tion and the dig­i­tal tran­si­tion
    - Eco­nom­ics of indus­tri­al pol­i­cy
    - Intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and com­mons-based innovation 
    - Abil­i­ty to inte­grate advanced knowl­edge rely­ing on eco­nom­ics, law, soci­ol­o­gy and polit­i­cal sci­ences.
    - Abil­i­ty to inte­grate the char­ac­ter­is­tics and stakes of macro-finan­cial and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment issues to knowledge/innovation/digital matters.
    - Strong auton­o­my (stu­dents choose their study path, intern­ship /thesis with­in high­ly flex­i­ble frame­works)
    - Capac­i­ty to work in a team (team spir­it).
    - Capac­i­ty to man­age a team in lead­ing insti­tu­tions.
    - Abil­i­ty to work in pub­lic envi­ron­ments for pol­i­cy mak­ing or imple­men­ta­tion and in pri­vate envi­ron­ments
    - Abil­i­ty to define and imple­ment sophis­ti­cat­ed strate­gies in accor­dance with needs.
    - Capac­i­ty to work on an inter­cul­tur­al and inter­na­tion­al basis.
    - Capac­i­ty to work in var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­al envi­ron­ments (man­age­ment teams in com­pa­nies involved in glob­alised activ­i­ties, con­sul­tan­cy teams, pub­lic enti­ties such as min­istries, reg­u­la­to­ry agen­cies, inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tions, research cen­tres) and var­i­ous regions of the world (includ­ing devel­op­ing and emerg­ing coun­tries).
    - Auton­o­my in research, in order to meet aca­d­e­m­ic require­ments for Doc­tor­ate level. 
    Major B- Inter­na­tion­al macro­eco­nom­ics, growth, finance and eco­nom­ic poli­cies in the glob­al­i­sa­tion
    - Finan­cial insta­bil­i­ty and inter­na­tion­al reg­u­la­tion
    - Mod­el­ling the eco­log­i­cal transition 
    - Spe­cif­ic abil­i­ty to inte­grate macro-finan­cial approach­es with indus­tri­al pol­i­cy and firm strate­gies and/or devel­op­ment mat­ters.
    - Abil­i­ty to inte­grate the char­ac­ter­is­tics and stakes of knowledge/innovation/digital and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment issues to macro-finan­cial matters.
    Major C- Polit­i­cal econ­o­my and eco­nom­ic poli­cies for devel­op­ment
    - Devel­op­ment eco­nom­ics
    - Eco­nom­ics of the envi­ron­ment
    - Finance of the eco­log­i­cal transition 
    - Inte­grate tech­no­log­i­cal, macro-finan­cial and envi­ron­men­tal per­spec­tives to devel­op­ment.
    - Rein­forced abil­i­ty to inte­grate: inno­va­tion mat­ters (C1); macro/financial mat­ters (C2); eco­log­i­cal mat­ters in an exten­sive way (C3)
    All Char­ac­ter­is­tics, stakes of (and rela­tions between) the dig­i­tal, socioe­co­nom­ic and eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tions in the con­texts of dif­fer­ent world regions.
    Role of insti­tu­tions in the econ­o­my (polit­i­cal econ­o­my and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tive).
    In-depth analy­sis of glob­al­i­sa­tion, region­al inte­gra­tion, vari­ety of cap­i­tal­ism, Euro­pean economies and con­tem­po­rary issues.
    Inter­de­pen­den­cies between micro, meso and macro­eco­nom­ic poli­cies
    Knowl­edge on real eco­nom­ic behav­iours of pol­i­cy mak­ers and eco­nom­ic actors
    spe­cif­ic knowl­edge depend­ing on the cho­sen spe­cial focus­es.
    Econo­met­rics / method­olog­i­cal tools
    Lan­guages: Eng­lish pro­fi­cien­cy (includ­ing tech­ni­cal writ­ing), basic / inter­me­di­ate French, pos­si­bly the local lan­guages on the pathway. 
    - Capac­i­ty to define, assess and make eco­nom­ic deci­sions in a com­plex and glob­alised con­text.
    - Capac­i­ty to evolve with­in dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal, social and region­al con­texts.
    - Capac­i­ty to deal with spe­cialised tasks and with gen­er­al and com­plex inter­ac­tions among dif­fer­ent eco­nom­ic poli­cies in a glob­alised con­text.
    - Capac­i­ty to solve prob­lems by mobil­is­ing, inte­grat­ing and enrich­ing own the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge from dif­fer­ent fields taught in the Mas­ter’s course.
    - Capac­i­ty of inno­va­tion and capac­i­ty to con­duct research activ­i­ties (research meth­ods, data col­lec­tion, review and syn­op­sis).
    - Capac­i­ty to work with econ­o­mists from dif­fer­ent fields and spe­cial­ists of human sci­ences.
    - Oth­er Soft skills: prepa­ra­tion of CV, moti­va­tion let­ters, pro­fes­sion­al emails, capac­i­ty in com­mu­ni­ca­tion (oral, writ­ten and elec­tron­ic), time man­age­ment, chair­ing ses­sions, facil­i­tat­ing debates, social net­work­ing, con­cept note writ­ing, bar­gain­ing tech­niques, project man­age­ment, capac­i­ty to answer to jour­nal­ists, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, entrepreneurship. 

    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.

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