The EUCLID DSDD (Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy) is an online program which combined required coursework followed by the elaboration and presentation of the policy-relevant doctoral dissertation. Its goal is to prepare recognized experts for high-level positions in the vast realm of sustainable development policy-making and implementation, with successful careers at intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as multinational corporations. It is of particular interest to students holding a relevant Master's degree and aiming to achieve a doctoral level, which is increasingly necessary for academia and international institutions.
The EUCLID DSDD is also a unique program in the sense that it is the only doctoral program in Sustainable Development actually offered by a multilateral institution with a specialized SD institute (the International Organization for Sustainable Development, logo above), thus allowing direct interaction with practitioners as well as opening rare internship opportunities.
This program assumes a strong background in economics and global affairs. Students who do not have such a foundation or background will be required to complete a customized bridge program prior to being formally enrolled. The DSDD offers an in-depth examination of the vast field of Sustainable Development, including Ecological Economics, Public Policies, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, Community Development, Cultural Aspects of Development, and National Developmental Strategies. Its capstone is the presentation, defense, and publication of a doctoral dissertation. This program was primarily designed to train government or IGO staff already working in the field, but it is also suitable to prepare general public professionals and students for careers with governmental bodies, NGOs and international organizations such as IGAD, the European Union, the African Union, OSCE, World Bank, etc.
- Applicants must have a Master’s degree or its international equivalent, issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO IAU handbook / WHED database. - Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without a Master’s degree if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. - Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. - Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.
Credit values are expressed both in terms of USCH (US credit hour) and ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Typically, 14 hours of classroom instruction over the course of 1 semester represents 1 USCH or 1.5 ECTS (plus self-study time), which is converted to the equivalent amount of study in the context of a distance program. The total credit value for the completed DSDD, according to international standards, is 90 USCH beyond the Bachelor.
PEERS AND ALUMNI:
Because EUCLID was established to train active diplomats and government staff, our students can be assured that their peers and fellow alumni will form a high-level network.
ACADEMIC APPROACH AND OUTCOME:
It is fair to say that EUCLID’s programs are better described as ‘distance’ rather than ‘online’ study programs. This means that students do not have to connect at a particular day and time to participate in bulletin board discussions as is often the case with ‘online’ programs. Rather, our programs emphasize the ability to absorb a vast amount of material on a personal basis, which makes them suitable for fast readers who on their own have a record of intense book reading and passionate interest in their field of study. EUCLID evaluates the applicant’ interpersonal and teamwork skills—which are essential for personal and professional success—on the basis of prior experience confirmed by means of an extensive personal interview. Because EUCLID was established to serve active diplomats and other government officials, it is expected that these professional skills will have been acquired and demonstrated in the course of the applicant’s career. In some cases, EUCLID may propose specific courses (which may not even be listed as electives) in order to bring inter-personal skills (including public speaking) to the executive level. Upon completion of the program, every student is expected to have become a subject-matter expert in a policy-relevant sustainability issue.
EUCLID has ongoing enrollment (intake) for this program. It is acceptable to apply several months in advance but it is recommended to apply 60-40 days in advance. General public slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.