Advice on choosing a grad program
October 29, 2012 12:04 PM Subscribe
My friend is interested in graduate programs on humanitarian work and development related issues. What schools have good programs in these areas? She is interested open to studying anywhere, but currently resident in the US/East Coast.
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(I'm asking this question on behalf of my friend)
I'm looking for recommendations on graduate programs to apply to. My aim, through my studies, is to gain a better understanding of design thinking and systems thinking, coupled with a history in humanitarian efforts. I liken this to IDEO/Frog Design meets Partners in Health/Oxfam/UN.
I'm keen to explore the design of the systems that much of the world depends on to live. My thought is many of the systems - disaster relief strategies, refugee relief, education, international aid - are designed for efficiencies. Yet, in their systems' approach, they sometimes lose their focus on how to design structures for the intended beneficiaries - usually a person or community.
Ideally I'd like to find a program where studies are combined with project work with a variety of communities. A program that combines studies in two or more countries would be ideal. I have been looking into programs that fall under Urban Planning and Business schools. Recommendations on other academic areas are most welcome.