/ Bourses en Belgique

L'appel à candidatures pour l'année académique 2024-2025 est clôturé.

Le prochain appel à candidatures sera ouvert le 13 aout 2024.

Pour les informations relatives aux bourses en français, cliquez ICI

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/ Scholarships in Belgium

The call for applications for the academic year 2024-2025 is now closed.

The next call for applications will open on the 13th August 2024.

For information regarding scholarships in English, click HERE

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01/ Goals

The goal of Specialized master in International and Development Economics (SMIDE) is to train present and future actors of development to be able to devise realistic and original policy reforms and programs based on a sound economic analysis and well adjusted to the social and political context of a country.

At the end of their training, graduates are in a position to:

  • design and implement innovative programmes of economics and human development,
  • understand and assess the models and methods used by international organizations, foreign governments and consultants in development assistance and international economic relations,
  • play an educational role, by clarifying to local decision-makers and to the general public the rationale and usefulness of economic reforms in their local context.

At the end of their training, graduates will also be able to:

  • communicate clearly and persuasively both in English (written and oral) as well as in graphical form
  • manage a project, integrate and work within a team, and exercise leadership

02/ Programme content


The academic year begins with the "Concepts and Methods" class - a review of the basic concepts in economics and quantitative methods. The programme is then organized around two main themes. The first axis studies poverty and institutional structures required for effective functioning of a market economy in the context of developing countries. The second axis analyzes macroeconomic and trade policies that promote economic growth and macroeconomic stability in a context of poor countries, emphasizing their effects on the well-being of local people.

Each axis comprises five to six learning activities. Each learning activity includes 30 hours. Moreover, the programme comprises a personnel project that each student has to develop under the guidance of a professor and a teaching assistant. The table below summarizes the learning activities of the programme.

Learning units and subjects Professor University Hours Credits Specific credits
Refreshing courses          
Concepts and Methods   UNamur 75 (5) (5)
  • Quantitative Methods
J. Jesionek        
  • Macroeconomics
J. Jesionek        
  • Microeconomics
S. Weynants        
  • Econometrics
S. Weynants        
Personal Project R. Houssa (coordinator) UNamur 60 16 16 
Development and Institutions
Development and institutions G. Cassan UNamur 30 4  
Economic growth and international development D. de la Croix UCLouvain 30 4 4
Population, environment and governance J.-M. Baland UNamur 30 4  
Poverty and livelihood strategies C. Guirkinger UNamur 30 4  
Evaluation of public interventions C. Guirkinger UNamur 30 4 4
Seminar in Development: International Migration F. Mariani UCLouvain 30 4 4

Macroeconomics and trade policies

Fluctuations and development R. Houssa UNamur 30 4 4
Macro-finance and development Y. Rychalovska UNamur 30 4 4
Trade and development: Specialization and diversification A. De Crombrugghe UNamur 30 4 4
Economic integration and trade L. Trimarchi UNamur 30 4 4
Seminar in development and macro-economic policies M. Van Overbeke UCLouvain 30 4 4
Total       60 (+5)  48 (+5)

03/ Admission


The programme is open to students with a great interest in economic policy making in developing countries and international economic organizations.

  • International applicants must have either:
    • A university graduate degree obtained after 5 years of university education; or
    • A university graduate degree obtained after 4 years of university education and professional experience over a period of at least 2 years.
  • Belgian and EU applicants  must hold a university degree with 240 ECTS (for details, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).

For all applicants:

  • A sufficient background in economics is required. If the jury assessed an insufficient economic background, the applicant may follow the “Concepts and Methods in Economics” Training. Successful completion of this training results in a certificate. It also grants access to the Specialized Master's program in International and Development Economics (SMIDE).
  • In some cases, applicants may be subject to a written test during the admission process.

04/ Additionnal information


Number of scholarships available: 10

Length of the training: one academic year 

Teaching language: English

05/ Universities



  • Université de Namur (UNamur)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)

Programme director:

  • Romain Houssa (UNamur)

06/ Contact person


For information on the programme :

UNamur - Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales et de gestion
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