Master Scholarships, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea

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Master’s Programs 2011/2012
Sponsored by The Colombo Plan Secretariat & The KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea

The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific is a unique inter-governmental organization providing development assistance under the “Planning for Prosperity” motto and the concept of self-help and mutual help where member countries provide assistance to one another in socio-economic development.

The Colombo Plan was conceived at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs held in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in January 1950 and was established on 1 July 1951 as a cooperative venture for economic and social advancement of the people of South and Southeast Asia. It has grown from the founding group of seven Commonwealth nations - Australia, Britain, Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand and Pakistan, to 25, including non-Commonwealth and countries belonging to the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Current Colombo Plan member countries are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam.

The KDI School of Public Policy and Management was established in 1997 with the support of the Korea Development Institute (KDI), which is Korea’s leading economic think-tank since 1971. The School aims to be a world-class institution by offering innovative educational programmes for future international leaders of government and business organizations and equip them with the latest knowledge to meet the challenges of a globalized world.

The KDI School offers in-depth academic programmes that focus on real-world development policy and public policy issues and are taught by experienced faculty comprising experts and professionals in their own fields. The curriculum is both innovative and comprehensive; it was designed specifically with the needs of midlevel professionals from the public and private sectors. Classes use various modern technologies to maximize efficiency and learning effectiveness.

The Colombo Plan began collaboration with The KDI School of Public Policy and Management in 2006. It symbolises a significant milestone in Republic of Korea’s role in Colombo Plan. This Long Term Scholarship (LTSP) represents ROK’s first assistance programme for post graduate scholars of the Colombo Plan in the field of public policy. Since 2006, five batches of 21 Colombo Plan’s scholars have been trained by The KDI School.

Based on KDI’s hand-on experience on development policy, the Master of Development Policy (MDP) program examines various socio-economic issues in both the theoretical and the practical framework. The program provides capacity building for international professionals, including government officials, development consultants and regional specialists who wish to contribute to development policy making. Additional focus falls on fostering professionals in the field of Official Development Assistance (ODA). Students may declare a concentration among 7 concentrations but must take development track courses

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is designed to provide a global perspective and professional expertise in public policy areas. The program is highly regarded both in and outside Korea, particularly among developing nations and government officials. The faculty with outstanding research backgrounds and empirical knowledge offer a leading curriculum that integrates theory and practice. Students may declare a concentration from among 7 concentrations upon completing 39 credits toward their graduation requirements.

The highly diverse student composition provides a unique educational environment. Both domestic and international students from all walks of life, including the government, the media and NGOs are able to share ideas, knowledge and experiences, and build a dynamic global network.


1. Global Finance and Regulation
The concentration on Global Finance and Regulation aims to help students understand the theory, the practice, and the policy issues in the areas of macroeconomics and finance.

Target students include mid-career professionals in finance ministries, central banks, financial supervisory authorities, self-regulatory agencies, and others who aspire to work in such institutions. The rich list of finance courses can also meet the needs of students from the private sector. Upon completion, students are expected to have a full understanding of two key agendas in recent G20 summits: global imbalance and international financial regulatory system.

2. Trade and Industrial Policy
In this era of globalization, no country can enjoy economic prosperity without engaging in international trade. While domestic industries struggle to adjust themselves in the global market, industrial policy can facilitate the process. This concentration aims to offer theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of international trade and industrial policy. Legal and institutional arrangements in the world trade will be analyzed in the context of contemporary issues such as FTA, FDI, international trade negotiations, dispute resolutions, and etc.

Target students include mid-career professionals in trade-related ministries and business entities or international organizations, as well as those students who aspire to work in such institutions upon graduation.

3. Fiscal and Social Policy
The market is an indispensable mechanism for efficient resource allocation and long-term growth. The workings of the market, however, are often accompanied by extreme poverty, externalities, information asymmetry, and coordination failures, thereby entrapping vulnerable individuals and communities at a lower end of possible equilibria. To promote efficiency, equity and solidarity is a significant goal of public policy in this light. On the basis of economics and other social science disciplines, this concentration explores ways to tackle these challenges through taxes, government expenditures, and prudent regulations.

Target students include midcareer professionals working in the fields of fiscal policy, poverty alleviation, education, healthcare, social insurances, labor protection, and cultural policy.

4. Regional Development and Environment
Sustainable Development and Green Growth are keywords in the 21st century development discourse. Leaders in the public sector need to understand the dynamic relations among economic development, environmental protection and societal development.

With this concentration, students develop the knowledge and skills to 1) draft regional development projects and policies considering environmental consequences, 2) conduct environmental impact assessments, 3) facilitate stakeholder participation and orchestrate environmental dispute resolution, and 4) understand complex policymaking procedures in regional development and environmental management programs.

Graduates may find positions as local or regional development planners and decision makers, environmental analysts in state, national, and international agencies and NGOs, or infrastructure development in the private sector.

5. Global Governance and Political Economy
As the challenges of development and public policy are inexorably connected with the forces of globalization, to study them requires an interdisciplinary approach. This concentration focuses on the reciprocity between politics and economics, investigating how political factors influence economic processes and vice versa. The concentration aims to educate mid-career professionals and future public servants to acquire analytical skills, intellectual depth and high public-spiritedness, necessary to play a leading role in the increasingly global, interdependent field of policymaking.

6. Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development
Entrepreneurship and private sector development are the key drivers of economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction. This concentration aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, policy perspectives and practical skills in the emerging field of entrepreneurship and private sector development. Some of the key issues include the role of entrepreneurship in economic development, government policies to promote entrepreneurship, firm-level strategies for growth and innovation, and international comparison of entrepreneurship policies and strategies.

Target students include government policy makers, public and private sector managers, and future entrepreneurs interested in this dynamic field.

7. Public Management and Leadership
Strategic management and leadership skills are in growing demand for managing public sector organizations, which are characterized by binding mission and mandates, limited internal capacity, resource constraints, and external political environment. On top of providing essential management theories and analytical tools, this concentration is designed to develop a keen insight through case studies and build up practical skills to solve real-world problems, including conflict resolution and public sector management.

The Master of Development Policy (MDP) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs are taught in English. The KDI School also provides Basic Korean Language courses for international students.

The Master of Development Policy (MDP) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs are conducted on a full - time basis starting in January 2012, and require one year’s coursework.

All applicants for the Master of in Development Policy (MDP) and Public Policy (MPP) program must meet the following minimum general requirements.
1. Minimum 5 years experience in the public sector.
2. Nominated by the Colombo Plan National Focal Point of their respective Governments
3. Completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
4. Meet English language requirements.

Applicants must prove proficiency in English by submitting TOEFL (minimum 570) or IELTS (minimum 6.0) scores with the application form to Colombo Plan. (A copy of English Language test results must accompany the Application form). Those who pursued their first degree at an English medium University are exempted from this requirement.

The scholarship awards will cover the following:

  • A return air ticket on economy class from the closest international airport to Seoul, Korea.
  • Admission costs
  • Full tuition
  • Living stipend of KRW640,000

By the participating country:

  • Book allowance of US$300 per student per month

The KDI School will provide a student dormitory (double occupancy rooms).

Applicants will need to obtain a visa from the Korean Embassy in their countries or other accredited countries before their arrival in Korea. Participating Governments are kindly requested to bear the cost of visa application for their participants. The Colombo Plan will not provide visa fees.

Each member country is requested to nominate through the National Focal Point two candidates by completing the Application Form, the Medical Certificate and Admission Essay.

Please send the duly completed nomination forms (two sets) to the Colombo Plan Secretariat at the following addresses, by or before 2 October 2011

Secretary General
The Colombo Plan Secretariat
No.31, Wijerama Mawatha
Colombo 7
Tel: + 94 11 2684188
Fax: + 94 11 2684386

Please refrain from sending Application Forms directly to the KDI School. The deadline for the nominations will be strictly observed.

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

7 comments on “Master Scholarships, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea

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  2. I have an interest in this scholarship opportunity and will be sending off further details in keeping with your deadline.
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