Global Development Students See Future Revealed

November 2017

There are moments in your life when the world is about to open up to you in a new way. Exciting moments. Life-changing moments.

Such a moment occurred for eight students in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s new Master’s in Global Developmentprogram when it was announced where in the world they will be going to do their field work, helping local communities develop the resources needed for a sustainable improvement.

The locations for field work are Rwanda, Uganda and Costa Rica.

“This is not academic tourism,” emphasized Dr. Craig Hanson, associate professor of philosophy, and head of the program, which is run through the School of Arts & Sciences. Students will complete their field work under local leadership.

“It fits with our mission (as a Christ-first university) … as we are rapidly entering an era in which the work of the Gospel will be developmental,” he said. “The degree offers further career opportunities for those who want to engage with the world, and it does so by offering graduate-level credentials which enable the student to become industry leaders.”

The University’s program is one of the least expensive in the country, Hanson noted, and students can earn a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with one additional semester.

PBA President William M.B. Fleming Jr., who hosted the first-ever reveal ceremony in the Jerry Thomas Conference Room of Sachs Hall, said, “This class has an electric atmosphere and exhibits the best of the University’s focus on engaged learning.

“I witnessed the students’ clear understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of culture, policy, economics, language, demography and geography in developing nations,” he continued. “Yet in spite of the challenges facing these countries, these graduate students enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to be immersed in problem solving, sustainable planning in real high profile geo-political environments.”

Also on hand at the ceremony were Dr. Robert Lloyd, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Kate Magro, director of Workship, who serves as field work  coordinator.

For details about the graduate program click here.

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