UPEC’s Master 1 in International Economic Studies and Master 2 in Development Economics and International Project Management


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A Master degree, entirely in English, at 30 minutes from Paris centre (Metro line 8). Our programs objectives are to train professionals taking part in economic analysis, public policy and aid programs for developing or emerging countries. Students are equipped to enter economic or development research positions and various roles in the public or private sector dealing with economics. Teaching staff comprises both high level academics and professionals from the consulting business, as well as economic experts in the field of development, including those working with the world’s leading international organisations (OECD).

International Economic Studies

Development Economics and International Project Management

Students are encouraged to do an internship, field mission and various projects within the program, which prepare them to enter the job field with both academic and professional experience.We organise regular conferences at the University, Brussels, and with international institutions

Alumni of the program did their internships at Agency of French Development, BNP Paribas, Center for European Policy Studies, European Commission, FAO, Institute for Advanced Development Studies, ILO, OECD, UNECE, UNIDO, UNESCO, UN Women, UNESCAP etc.

Join our master program and meet classmates from all over the world!

Online applications until May, 25, 2016 : http://econ-upe.org/web/candidature-M1-M2

Field mission group Aqua’Dev win UPEC-BNP paribas Grant

On the 26th of January, representatives of 2 field mission groups “Lighting up Businesses” & “Aqua’Dev” went through a 10 minutes oral presentation of their project in order to win a 1500€ grant from BNP paribas.

Aquaponics for Development initiative team won the price, thanks to Océane Thaeder, who defended the project in front of a 4 members jury from both BNP paribas and UPEC.

Congrat’s to Océane, and to Aqua’Dev team!

Know more about Aqua’Dev project &  DEIPM Field missions

Master 2 field missions are in process: overview of the ongoing projects

Group 1 Fozan Fareed, Roksolana Shelest, Simon Göbel Laura Bonnemaison.
Project Lighting Up businesslaura proj
Description Our mission is about environmental issues (renewable energies). We want to instal a solar plant in Chile. Partners found : private company for the purchase of the equipment, and a syndicate of fishermen who needs an electricity supply coming with renewable energy.
Place Punta de Choros in Chile.
Date Between 14th – 28th of March.
Crowdfunding webpage https://www.leetchi.com/c/projects-lighting-up-businesses-lub
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LightingUpBusinesses/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Website https://lightingupbusinesses.wordpress.com/

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Migration and Sexual Discrimination

Written by Marianella Pacheco


“People around the world face violence and inequality – and sometimes torture, even execution – because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse”.

Human Rights Watch

In the M1 group’s “Development Policies” class, students were required to conduct a field research project on migration, and our group decided to take a different approach by focusing on a much unknown topic: people who migrate because of their sexual orientation. Given that migration is such a current topic, especially in the euro zone, this project allowed us to reach out to some NGOs and asylum seekers in France. We contacted the NGO “Afrique Arc-en-ciel,” which specializes in refugees who flee their countries of origin because of their sexual orientation. France receives hundreds of asylum applications from this special category of refugee every year, and in particular from people fleeing discrimination in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through Afrique Arc-en-ciel we met Ariel, a true fighter for this cause. Read more

A History of Immigration

Written by Lisa Biermann

On Friday, November 20th the M1 students visited the new exhibition dedicated to the theme of “borders” at the French National Museum for Immigration History. The visit was interesting to us not only because borders are a current topic in the media and political debates, but also because the topic is highly linked to a migration project we are currently completing in our “Development Policies” class.

Located near Port Dorée in a building constructed in 1931 for a colonial exhibition, the museum itself has a controversial history. After the decolonisation process in the 1950s and 1960s, the museum changed its name and the collection moved to the Louvre and the Musée du Quai Branly. In 2007 it was decided to reopen the museum, dedicating it this time to the history of immigration. After this decision it took another seven years before the museum could open once again for the public in 2014.


The temporary exhibition we were able to visit presents the concept of borders and the impact they have on the mobility of people around the world. The exhibition is divided into three main parts: borders around the world, borders in Europe and borders in France. As the exhibition was actually decided two and a half years ago, the latest events of this summer’s refugee crisis are not directly represented. Yet the mixture of history, personal belongings of immigrants who came to France, press articles and works of art dealing with the journeys of migrants fits well into the current debate on stricter border controls and their possible impacts on migrants. Read more

Jobs and Internships: M2 Class of 2015

In April 2015, M2 DEIPM classes came to an end. Students were free to enter the workforce and begin preparing their thesis. Depending on their experience coming into the program, some students undertook internships while others were offered full-time positions. Many students incorporated their work assignments into their final thesis, augmenting the research process with real experience. Thesis presentations began this month.

Below is a list of where M2 students were hired:

Agency of French Development/ Transparence and Accountability France
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development / Public Affairs and Communication » « Statistical Edition » France
Miles & More GmbH (Lufthansa) / Financial partnerships Germany
United Nations (UNESCO) Bureau of Strategic Planning France
Minister of Public Health and Population / Monitoring and Evaluation of Integrated Operation Planning Haïti
Ecovadis / Environmental Supply Chain Intern France
Center for Europêan Policy Studies / Development of the databases ECRI & ECMI- Empirical analysis Belgium
Changing Financial Development Service Center China
Wirtschaftsfoerderung Sachsen GmbH- Economic development department of Saxony / Export promotion cooperation Germany
International Chamber of Commerce / Project Management France
NATIXIS / Economic Research France
Hanns Seidel Foundation / Project Assistant for West Africa, Project Manager for Togo Burkina Faso, Togo
French National Center of Scientific Research: Work Employment and Public Politics (TEPP-CNRS/UPM) / Evaluation d’un dispositif public en faveur de l’égalité professionnelle homme/femme, les territoires d’excellence France
Justice,Development & Peace Commission / Strengthening community group on project monitoring & reporting, election monitoring & reporting Nigeria
Bibliothèques sans Frontières (Libraries without Borders) / appui à la coordination du projet d’adaptation de la khana Academy en français France
Action contre la faim (Action against Hunger) / Junior cost controller Philippines
Sofreco / Economics and Public Management trainee France
Aleka Consulting / Finance internationale France
Antoinette Lemens Executive Search / International Consultant & International Development Manager  France
Mission Locale Intercommunale des Bords de Marne/ Chargée animation Réseau Erasmus Plus France
France Volontaires / Coordinator of European Conference for Development 2015: “Quelle participation citoyenne à la construction des politiques de développement” France
BNP Paribas/ Liquidity Analyst France
Gawad Kalinga/ Intern-Volunteer France

International Economics from a European Perspective

Written by Tlangi Ngwenya

On 5 October 2015, the M1 IES students visited Brussels for a conference at the European Parliament. The conference,  presented by the communications liason Mr George Stylianou, aimed to provide us with a general overview of the workings of the Parliament and how laws are  passed within the Union. Some lively discussion ensued on a range of topics, including:
– The question of Turkey’s inclusion in the European Union.
– Refugees and Europe’s capacity to deal with them.
– The past, present and future of PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) in the Union.

M1 students listen as M. Stylianou explains the workings of the Parliament
M1 students listen as M. Stylianou explains the workings of the Parliament

After sampling Brussels’ finest fries, we spent the afternoon at the CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) offices.  There, we learnt about the mechanisms of the think tank in  improving policymaking, and how its funding model allows it to still maintain its independence.

Finally, we got the opportunity to meet with an intern, Robin Sainsot, from the M2 DEIPM (2014/2015) program who shared a day in the life of a CEPS intern as well as the valuable skills he attained in his time there. He advised us to look for internships early, and not to fear the challenge of work we haven’t done before, as his experience at CEPS taught him invaluable skills in building datasets.  His work experience also managed to secure him a second internship at UNESCO which is in line with his future goals.

Journée du Patrimoine ‘Heritage Days’


Chateau de la Muette at the OECD headquarters

On a bright Sunday afternoon, five M1 students visited the OECD’s[1] gorgeous Chateau de la Muette during the annual “Journée Européenne du Patrimoine,” a day when historical monuments and buildings are open to the general public throughout Europe and abroad. During the visit, we participated in a ‘conversation’ with Mr. Pierre Duquesne, Ambassador of France to the OECD. Mr. Duquesne led a lively discussion on the organization’s history, organizational structure and its increasingly important role in international economic affairs. He discussed the OECD’s position on immigration matters and reforming the traditional neoliberal[2] growth model. The Ambassador also enumerated and explained the advantages of membership, particularly for small and developing countries.

Nassima El Ouady (IES ’16) asked Mr. Duquesne an important question on the OECD’s perspective on immigration. As hundreds of thousands of migrants are fleeing war, persecution and economic stagnation from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia (to name a few countries) in the hope of a better life in Western Europe, this topic is very relevant today. Mr. Duquesne argued that Europe should welcome newcomers as its current demography implies a weak labor force in the medium to long-term. Closing off borders to people eager to work is bad for Europe’s sustainable economic performance. Restrictive migration policies are counterproductive to its interests.

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Welcome, Class of 2015-2016!

Studying international economics not only provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable and competitive skills in the global job market, it also provides you with the opportunity to build an international network of peers and friendships that you will have for the rest of your career. The IES/DEIPM program at UPEC continues to engage students in a dynamic and diverse environment, as this year’s M1 and M2 classes include students from a broad spectrum of geographic and cultural backgrounds.

This year our program has students from the following countries:

M1: France, Germany, Algeria, Hong Kong, United States, Morocco, Mexico, Ukraine, Vietnam, South Africa, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Moldova, Croatia, Belgium, India, Italy, Netherlands.

M1 students visit the European Parliament in Brussels
M1 students visit the European Parliament in Brussels


M2: France, Pakistan, Germany, Ukraine, Canada, South Korea, Bangladesh, South Africa, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Egypt, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, United States, Morocco, Algeria, Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria

M2 students at the European Commission in Brussels
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