since its batch 6 (2016/2018) will become the

International Joint Master Course in Sustainable Territorial Development










Duration: 24 months

Course description:

STeDe IJM aims to create experts in the area of sustainable territorial development. More concretely it trains professionals to be able to help organizations acting in the territory (enterprises, local communities, civil society organizations) to draft sustainable development policies for economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural management.

The Master concerns the economic competitiveness, social inclusion,  environmental protection, international cooperation  and intercultural relation  challenges of territorial development focussing not only on local communities, but also on enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations. It also aims to offer an example of sustainable territory involving all local organizations, which should have human resources available and able to promote sustainable development.

Attending lectures is compulsory; no distance learning will be provided.

 The Master refers to the ability of:

- giving recommendations in the area of sustainable territorial development ;

- taking part in the idea, analysis and management of a sustainable development policy on the territory;

- assessing the different validation tools for sustainable development actions and policies within public and private territorial organizations.

Job opportunities:

Job opportunities for alumni could be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions should be implemented, in particular in territorial organizations responsible for the creation of sustainable territories (territorial communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, local governments), the central government and international organizations.

Potential posts are: environmental adviser; sustainable development manager in local communities, public administrations, enterprises, civil society organizations & local governments; representative within local public institutions, national and international institutions, enterprises, trade unions & professional bodies.

Admission criteria:

Candidates with education in human and social sciences (economics, geography, sociology, development, management, law, etc.) or hard sciences (agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering, architecture, forestry, etc.) will be accepted to the Master. Candidates are requested to have a first cycle degree of 180 ECTS (Licenciatura, Bachelor degree, Laurea, Licence) or an equivalent degree (diplôme d'école d'ingénieurs, école de commerce etc.).

A basic knowledge of economics will be appreciated.

A good command of English or French (preferably both), spoken and written, is required. Students without a good command in one of the two languages, if accepted will be requested to attend a compulsory language training, outside the curriculum.  To avoid any kind of problems, we advise students who don't have a good command of one of the two  languages to take language courses before the beginning of STeDe.

Students mobility

Students will move betwen the partner Universities: 1st semester will be in Padova, 2nd in Leuven, 3rd in Paris. 4th one could be in one of these 3 or in Campo Grande

Delivered Degree:

EMM STEDE (batch 5): the Università degli studi di Padova, the KU Leuven, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco will deliver a Joint degree to the students having coimpleted the Master curriculum.

IJM STEDE  (batch 6): the Università degli studi di Padova, the KU Leuven and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne will deliver a joint degree to the students having coimpleted the Master curriculum; the joint degree will be recognized also as a Brazilian degree by the Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco only for the students  having spent the 4th semester in that University.

Website: www.em-stede.eu


UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA, Italy (Co-ordinating Institution)





Prof. Pierpaolo FAGGI

Dipartimento di Geografia

Via del Santo, 26

35122 Padova, Italia

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Partner Universities
listed in order of teaching semester:



Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padua), Italy (UNIPD)

The University of Padua traces its origins back to 1222. The motto "Universa Universis Patavina Libertas" - 'complete liberty for all at the University of Padua' - underlines the total freedom of thought that the university has always granted its teachers and its students. The institution consists of 13 faculties that offer 100 first cycle degree courses, 80 second cycle degree courses, 70 Short specialization degree courses, 65 specialization schools (mostly medical ones) and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori). Moreover the research departments host over 76 different doctoral programmes, which are grouped in 35 doctoral schools and 4 doctorate courses. It is one of the most important higher education institution in Italy with more than sixty thousand students (40000 at bachelor level, 20000 at master level and 1500 at doctoral level), 230 post-doc researchers, 2300 members of the teaching staff and 2300 members of the administrative staff.



K. U. Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven), Belgium (K.U. Leuven)

K.U. Leuven was put in place in 1425 and is one of Belgium’s largest universities. As a leading European research university, it offers  high quality education and a wide variety of academic programmes in Dutch and English , supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research, both in the university and in its internationally recognized university hospitals. As a comprehensive university, K.U. Leuven offers 3-year bachelor and 1- & 2- years academic master’s programmes in almost all disciplines. The Leuven Doctoral Schools of Science, Engineering and technology, the Biomedical Sciences and the Humanities and Social Sciences organise the international PhD tracks. European surveys place K.U. Leuven among the top European universities.Leuven participates in 267 highly competitive European research projects (FP6, 03-06), which places it  fourth in Europe; in FP7 (07-13), it participates in over 160 project contracts so far. K.U. Leuven carries out fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation



Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France (Sorbonne)

The Economics Department of the University of Paris 1 is the most important economics department in France, in terms of number of students, including 800 in PhD programmes; number of academic and research staff; quality of its research centres: the Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne is the most important Unité Mixte de Recherche of Centre national de la recherche scientifique in the area of economics; number of courses offered, including seven separate Master's programmes with more than 20 specialities; - some of these programmes are jointly organised through the Paris School of Economics.
This great variety of courses is exceptional because they are both general and specialised, theoretical and practical, purely economics-oriented or open to other disciplines.
For a long time it has been involved in a great number of research and development programmes, students and lecturers-researchers exchanges, mobility and cooperation. It has signed more than 150 cooperation bilateral agreements with universities of 55 countries.



Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco, Brazil (UCDB)

Dom Bosco Catholic University is a Community University with public vocation. This institution since its creation, has sought to promote the human, social equity and local development. Teaching and research are focused primarily on citizenship, sustainability and solidarity. 
The cycles of higher studies are composed: 1°) forty courses in social sciences and Humanities, in legal and administrative science, in biology, pharmacy and medical sciences, agricultural, environmental and digital  engineerings,  2 °) 4 Masters : local development, education, psychology, biotechnologies and 3 °) a Doctorate in educational sciences.
The main lines of research in the masters and the doctorate are : transformative education, social solidarity, cultural diversity and interculturality, health, quality of life, environmental sustainability and local development.

izmir Oto Kiralama





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University of Padua
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Academic Director at Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco
Prof. Cleonice LE BOURLEGAT
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