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Reshaping the Master in Economic Analysis and European Policy

Prof. Gani Aldashev

Gani Aldashev and Vincent Mabillard are happy to announce that the new programme of the ECON P Master will be implemented in 2022. Capitalising on students’ remarks expressed in recent surveys, and expectations formulated by employers in the job market, the programme aims at providing the enrolled students with a full set of both hard and soft skills.

Although students are often well-equipped theoretically and technically, they often lack the broader picture of policy projects. In this regard, knowledge about how the public sector operates, legal issues, awareness of political constraints, and other elements will be addressed in the programme. Through a pluridisciplinary approach, combining key aspects of economics and management, the master will also focus more on applications and real-life scenarios.

In this sense, courses related to global challenges will be proposed to the students.

Such challenges will include global development, combatting climate change, design and coordination of tax policies, enhancing innovation, regulating foreign trade and competition, among others. The main idea is to offer students the opportunity to acquire a more extensive knowledge of a certain field of interest, both from the economic and public management point of view. For each challenge, at least two courses will be offered, with the opportunity to extend their knowledge by picking additional courses or through reports to be drafted in other classes. The main goals of the reform are therefore to reinforce applications of theoretical courses, to focus on themes that interest students, and to equip them with advanced skills.

Innovation is also at the heart of the new approach. Gani Aldashev and Vincent Mabillard, who will co-manage the new master, will guide students through the programme from Day 1, helping them individually construct the most relevant and motivating course plan. Both personal and teamwork will be valued, as well as writing and oral presentation skills. Learning how to design, communicate, implement and evaluate policies will also be of central importance to the master. The opportunity to integrate all these aspects in a final thesis constitutes a serious advantage for students. Structured as a comprehensive policy analysis, this thesis is regarded as the culmination of the students’ two-year training. Finally, the inclusion of a field project or an internship will allow participants to use their skills and communicate their research to a non-academic audience, something that is also strongly valued by employers.

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