The fourth cohort of MDP students who completed their pre-MDP between May and August 2014. A wonderful mix of students ranging from full-time students to employees from NGOs, government ministries and the corporate sector, with backgrounds in social sciences, engineering, natural sciences and medicine/health. We especially welcome our Irish international student.
The third cohort of MDP students began their pre-MDP programme on May 18th, 2013, following a half-day orientation. The new batch of students includes employees from NGOs, government ministries and the public sector, with backgrounds in social sciences, engineering, natural sciences and medicine/health.
“The MDP at Peradeniya is the only professional degree programme in Sri Lanka that offers a multidisciplinary curriculum with a field training component – a great asset to a development practitioner.” —Saranga Jayaratne, Programme Officer, UNDP Sri Lanka
“The MDP enables me to better understand the complexities of development practice and provides me with the required training needed to deal with these complexities more effectively and confidently.” —Rayees Ahamed, Project Coordinator, IOM
“I consider myself lucky to have been able to join the MDP with a background in the Humanities because it has given me the unique opportunity to expose myself to many other disciplines and perspectives while being part of a global network of development professionals – all of which have been a challenging yet refreshing and novel experience.” — Leoma Van Dort, BA (Hons) English, University of Peradeniya
“The MDP is a programme that creates a development practitioner in the full sense of the term!” —Nimal Liyanarathna, Practical Action
“A country needs professionals who can look at the development context from multiple dimensions. And the MDP at the University of Peradeniya is the ideal graduate programme which trains such professionals.” —Hilmy Ishak, Freelance Consultant
“I like the MDP because it is new and different, and has a multidisciplinary approach on practice, not theory. Also, some of the best lecturers at Peradeniya teach in the programme.” —Dammika Herath, Project Manager, Kandy Consulting Group (PVT) LTD.
“I was attracted to the MDP at the University of Peradeniya because it gives me a great opportunity to learn from a global community of development experts while being firmly rooted in a local context.” — Samantha Lindsay, Former External Relations Officer, ADB