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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