Turin School of Development



Since 1991, the International Training Centre of the ILO has offered postgraduate learning opportunities in disciplines of interest to an international audience of recent graduates and career professionals.

Through these Masters and Postgraduate Programmes, the Turin School of Development contributes to the preparation of future experts and leaders dealing with the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

Over the last 10 years and in partnership with UN agencies and academic institutions, the Turin School of Development gradually expanded its portfolio of Masters and other Postgraduate Programmes. In Academic Year 2013-14 9 programmes are offered as follows:

  • LL.M in International Trade Law
  • LL.M in Intellectual Property
  • Master in Management of Development
  • Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development
  • Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development
  • Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development
  • Master in Occupational Safety and Health in the Workplace
  • Master en Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo (delivered in Spanish)
  • Master engouvernance et management des marchés publicsen appui au développement durable (delivered in French)

The Turin School of Development has developed a solid reputation for being truly international in the management, design and delivery of these programmes. Each programme is co-managed by an international organization in its field of competence and the learning modules are delivered by a faculty of prominent professors, senior experts and practitioners from around the globe.

The goal of our Masters and Postgraduate Programmes

Our objective is to provide multi-disciplinary postgraduate learning opportunities with targeted content and effective delivery modalities which are conducive to imparting the essential competencies needed for dealing with today’s social, economic and environmental priorities at national and global levels.

The learning offers of the Turin School of Development are not intended to be in direct competition with similar programmes offered by universities. They are selected and designed with a perspective of “differentiation” through a combination of features like:

  • full involvement of specialized UN agencies and distinguished professional bodies in programme design, delivery and supervision
  • intensive delivery that meets the learning requirements of a European Master; this is possible through optimal combination of distance learning with face-to-face interaction, applied project development and research work
  • comprehensive coverage of the full range of technical competencies and professional skills for specific jobs in today’s knowledge economy
  • the possibility of an internship with one of our institutional UN or professional partners.

Partner institutions

On the academic side, in addition to the University of Turin,the Turin Polytechnic, the University of Barcelona and Sciences-Po, the Masters programmes currently involve a large number of institutional partners, namely:

  • IUSE (LL.M. in International Trade Law)
  • Laboratorio Riccardo Revelli (Master of Science in Applied Labour Economics for Development)
  • University of Fribourg (LL.M. in International Trade Law)
  • Université Paris 1, Panthéon – Sorbonne (Master in World Heritage at Work)
  • Universidad Autònoma de Madrid (LL.M. in International Trade Law)
  • Macquarie University – Sydney (Master in World Heritage at Work)
  • SiTI (Master in World Heritage at Work).

In addition to professors from these universities, the programmes draw on the expertise of a large number of professors world-wide.

On the professional side, the programmes are implemented in partnership with a number of UN agencies and other specialized institutions:

  • International Labour Organization
  • WIPO Academy
  • UNESCO - World Heritage Centre
  • UNDP
  • WTO
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 - 1 year October 2017 Italy Turin + 1 more

Today, the dynamic and complex process of development and globalisation calls for an enhanced understanding of the way to support more and better jobs in different development contexts. [+]

The Master program in Applied Labour Economics for Development (MALED) of the Turin School of Development (ITC-ILO) is a response to the need for more and more diverse expertise in the design and evaluation of evidence-based policies, in which international labour standards and fundamental rights at work go hand in hand with job creation and productive employment. The program is delivered as a First Level Master Degree by the Department of Economics of the University of Turin.




This Master program is intended to prepare students and professionals from both advanced and developing countries to become experts in designing, analysing and evaluating policies that place employment at the core of economic, social and development policy making. The degree will combine rigorous training in analytical and quantitative economic methods with an emphasis on what constitutes an appropriate policy, legal and institutional framework for employment and decent work in different development contexts.... [-]

Master in Management of Development

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Turin

The Turin School of Development (as part of the International Training Centre of the ILO) in partnership with the University of Turin offer this 1st level Master in Management of Development. [+]

The Turin School of Development (as part of the International Training Centre of the ILO) in partnership with the University of Turin offers this 1st level Master in Management of Development which is designed as an intensive, application-oriented blended learning program consisting of a succession of internet-based distance learning followed by interactive classroom instructions and practical application/research work. This Master programme, conducted in English, is in its 17th edition and has been successfully pursued by over 520 students from more than 80 countries worldwide. The contents and the learning delivery methods are designed to impart to the participants the full spectrum of competencies needed in order to effectively deal with the challenges facing today's development professionals in their pursuit of social and economic progress while preserving the living environment for future generations. Programme The programme presents a number of unique features: integration of theory with application work; in-depth coverage of the full spectrum of competencies for project cycle management as practised in major development institutions; and an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the inter-linkages between rule of law, economic development and social progress. PART I - Distance Learning A self-learning tutor assisted period of 12 weeks' duration designed to introduce the participants to the pre-requisite entry level knowledge in the disciplines of Part II, namely economics, institutional design, sociology, law and project management. The training materials will include selected chapters from key textbooks in addition to a number of articles from well-known journals. The learning content will be posted on the programme's website while the participants will be provided with at least one prescribed textbook. Part II- Face-to-Face Learning Module I: Introduction to Management of development (actors, institutions and PCM) Overview of development aid,international donor institutions – UN system, IMF and World Bank Project cycle management: logical framework approach, operational planning,budget, monitoring and evaluation Module II: Economics of Development Economic development theories The global economic crisis Strategies of economic development: in selected successful countries The role of FDI in development Environmental economics Inequality and poverty Cost and benefit of migration in sending and destination countries Module III: Enabling legal context for development Enabling legal framework for effective and sustainable development. The role and function of key actors in development, inter alia, multilateral and bilateral development agencies. Human Rights-based approach to development programming Labour Standards with emphasis on gender and prevention of child labour Module IV: Institutional development and social analysis Factors influencing “institutional efficiency “ Political regimes and instruments of participation Development, politics and culture: perspectives from political science Family, gender and participation (special reference to problems of health and education) Risk management Module V: Local development PART III- Project preparation This part is dedicated to individual or group formulation of a full-fledged project document in response to a perceived “development need” in a sector and country related to the participants’ work or field of interest. The quality of preparation and presentation of the project document serves as an indicator of the participants’ understanding of the main disciplines of development work. The project document or development proposal will be assessed for quality and consistency by a panel of experts from the University of Turin and ITCILO and is a prerequisite for graduation. Tuition fee The tuition fee is € 8,000 and includes:  programme development and management; teaching equipment, training materials and documentation; use of training facilities and support services. Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the tuition fee. Scholarships The admission criteria will take into consideration the participant’s self-financing potential as well as his/her educational and professional profiles. The course will be held in English. Knowledge of the English language is a pre-requisite and must be proved in the application form with supporting documents. [-]

Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Turin

Our Master’s programme explores the legislative, regulatory, organisational and managerial foundations of a modern Public Procurement System. [+]

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) in partnership with the University of Turin (Faculties of Law and Economics) and UNCITRAL (UN Commission on International Trade Law) offers this Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development that explores the legislative, regulatory, organisational and managerial foundations of a modern Public Procurement System. The  programme is a unique, blended learning opportunity: it combines the study of policy tools and theory prescriptions with applied assignments and research work. It provides you with direct access to expertise from academia, international organisations and think tanks, as well as the latest literature and cutting-edge research. This will prepare you for a range of highly developed functions connected with public procurement management and supervision. The programme The unique learning path offered by this programme through a succession of distance learning, face-to-face tuition and applied research ensures an optimal transfer of competences while minimising disruption of your job. Part I - Distance Learning      ... [-]

Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 1 year October 2017 Italy Turin

The Programme explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of heritage and puts emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management for the preservation and promotion of UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites. [+]

The Master is designed by the University of Torino , the Politecnico di Torino , the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Cultural activities are a major contributor to national development, job creation and social cohesion. The master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism.The close collaboration of senior specialists of the Culture Sector of UNESCO, working in the area of Millennium Development Goals, Historic Urban Landscape, Sustainable Tourism Programme, Nominations to the World Heritage List, Management and Periodic Reporting of World Heritage Properties, strengthen the success of the Master.... [-]

Masters In Governance And Management Of Public Procurement

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Turin

The International Organisation of the International Training Centre of Labour (ITC-ILO), in partnership with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris ( "Sciences Po"), the University of Turin (Italy) e Expertise France, a master program in governance and management of public procurement in support of sustainable development in which participants explore the legal, regulatory, economic, managerial and organizational a modern system of governance and management of public procurement [+]

The International Organisation of the International Training Centre of Labour (ITC-ILO), in partnership with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris ( "Sciences Po"), the University of Turin (Italy) and France Expertise, a master program in governance and management of public procurement in support of sustainable development in which participants explore the legal, regulatory, economic, managerial and organizational a modern system of governance and management of public procurement. This master's program integrates teaching and blended learning techniques that allow participants to study and assimilate the theory and apply knowledge in a practical way by the execution of works, case studies , study visits and an applied research project. Participation in the program also provides access to a network and being exposed to the expertise, experience and expertise of academicians, experts working in international organizations and sectors specialists public and private. The aim of the program is to prepare participants to hold executive or managerial functions in relation to the regulation, execution or supervision of public procurement and contracts at the level of governments and international organizations The Masters program is based around four main areas of knowledge that are divided and organized into eighteen modules: Doma ine 1: Governance: legal frameworks and regulation of public procurement Area 2: economic and public procurement Theories Area 3: Management, procurement and contract management Domai only 4: Public procurement and sustainable development. The eighteen modules that make up the entire curriculum are: In introduction to the governance of public procurement and definition of the international legal framework Recent reforms, national legal and regulatory frameworks Introduction to economic principles in public procurement political and economic issues related to the legal framework for public procurement development programs and projects and public procurement Policies and guidelines of the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the European Union's public procurement Award of public works contracts Award of consultancy contracts Award of supply and service contracts Supply chain management: Incoterms, insurance and responsibilities of the parties Contract Management Prevention remedies and dispute resolution Market planning Risk management Public-private partnerships Procurement of electronic procurement (e-procurement) Audit of public procurement: the fight against fraud and corruption public procurement and sustainable development: labor standards, environment and social responsibility organization, duration and location The program is conducted in French and is of a total duration of 12 months. The program is structured in three successive learning phases with a duration of approximately four months following the schedule below: The first phase Learning takes place remotely. During this phase, participants complete a distance learning module via the Internet. This phase will begin October 24, 2016 and ending February 10, 2017. This phase allows remote introduce participants to the principles of public procurement and to present the different stages of the procurement process of supplies, works and services. The second phase Learning takes place in Turin and is a series of classroom instruction by different experts and professors. Classes will start on the ITC-ILO campus February 13, 2017 and will end June 16, 2017. During this phase, the attendance is mandatory because most of the training program, theoretical knowledge to practical work, is issued during this period. Phase Turin is the most important because of the density of the program that covers in detail and in depth all of the eighteen modules. The third phase is the preparation of an applied research project, writing a thesis and submitting it to the Scientific Council of the program. During this phase, which will take place remotely, participants will be required to conduct individual research, under the guidance of their supervisor on a topic related to public procurement and to submit at the end of this stage a final thesis. The outline of the research project will be presented before the start of Phase III and a final brief to be submitted to the Scientific Council before October 21, 2017 The registration fee to the masters program is EUR 8 000 and include insurance, and access to medical care and entertainment services to participants on campus. The accommodation (including breakfast) at the ITC-ILO campus costs 5 500 euros and covers the cost of accommodation on campus for the entire period of phase II, which takes place in Turin. A limited number of détudes partial scholarships which can cover part of the tuition and accommodation on the ITC-ILO campus are available for countries with low income students. These scholarships are offered on a competitive basis among deserving candidates and on the basis of selection criteria: country of origin, gender, relevant experience, etc. The prerequisites for the program are: of have completed three years of university education and obtained an undergraduate degree in good standing in a field related to public contracts (equivalent to the license of the French system or the American system of bachelor) have a minimum professional experience; demonstrate a good command of the French language. [-]

Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations

Online & Campus Combined Full time October 2017 Italy Turin

It aims at developing specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. [+]

OBJECTIVES General objective Participants will be exposed to international and comparative industrial and employment relations systems with a view to better understanding the implications for the industrial relations systems of today. Specific objectives At the end of the Master’s Programme, participants will be able to: describe the industrial and employment relations systems with a comparative approach; apply tools and methodologies for effective labour-management relations at different levels of the economy from enterprise to the national and international level; advise government, employers’ and workers’ representatives on industrial and employment relations issues. PARTICIPANTS’ PROFILE AND REQUIREMENTS Participants' profile government, workers’ and employers’ representatives; practitioners in the field of industrial and employment relations from the public and private sectors; human resources managers; personnel in human resources departments dealing with industrial and employment relations; labour administration and labour inspection officials; staff from international organizations and United Nations agencies; ILO staff from field offices and technical cooperation projects; graduate students and researchers. Participants' requirements for the Master’s Programme a first university degree (BA) of minimum three years duration;* working knowledge of spoken and written English; ability to use computers and access to the internet. STRUCTURE, METHODOLOGY, CONTENT AND RESOURCES The Master’s Programme will be divided into three phases: Phase 1: Distance-learning from October 2016 to January 2017 (15 weeks) Phase 2: Residential face-to-face phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin from January to April 2017 (12 weeks) Phase 3: Preparation of Master’s thesis from April to September 2017 (21 weeks) Phase 1 includes assignments, self-study and exercises with the assistance of a tutor. Participants will have access to an online platform through which they will learn on an individual basis. They will receive support from tutors with expertise in the subject matter; participate in a forum; use the documentation centre, and network with other participants. This preparatory phase will enable participants with different levels and fields of knowledge to be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts relating to industrial and employment relations to reach an adequate and homogeneous level to take full advantage of the residential phase. Phase 2 - the residential phase in Turin - will focus on the following topics: International labour standards and industrial relations Legal sources and institutional framework of industrial and employment relations in Europe Workers’ and employers’ organizations: structure and role Social dialogue and tripartism Collective bargaining machinery; administration and implementation of collective agreements Settlement of labour disputes: conciliation, mediation, arbitration and labour courts Information and consultation at the enterprise level Labour administration and labour inspection Industrial relations systems, competitiveness and public policy Globalization and industrial and employment relations Recent trends in human resources management policies Workplace relations Professors, practitioners and other resource persons will use lectures, case-studies, case law judgments, excerpts of collective agreements and legislation, discussions, group-work and practical exercises to strike a balance between theory and practice and to stimulate interaction with the resource persons and among participants. Phase 3: participants will be required to carry out individual research in their home country for the preparation and submission of their thesis, assisted at a distance by tutors and/or professors. The outline of the thesis to be presented in Turin by April 2016 and completed before September 2016. Study visits Study visits to selected local enterprises will be organized during the face-to-face phase in Turin to provide an opportunity to participants to be exposed to different practices of industrial and employment relations. Documentation Participants will receive documentation to expand their knowledge of the topics. A bibliography and links section will be incorporated into the virtual platform for the distance-learning phase. Faculty The faculty will be selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It will consist of academic resource persons and practitioners: Professors from the University of Turin and other renowned universities; ILO and ITCILO experts; Specialist tutors who will support and interact with the participants throughout the programme. DEGREE A first level Master’s Degree from the University of Turin (60 certified university credits) will be issued. The degree will be awarded to the participants who fulfill all of the following conditions: the administrative requirements and documents required by the University of Turin; attendance of training sessions during the residential phase (only participants with at least 95% attendance will be entitled to apply for the degree); submit the assignments within the set deadlines and quality requirements; pass the prescribed examinations demonstrating the level of competence required by the Scientific Committee. PARTICIPATION IN THE MASTER’S PROGRAMME Tuition fees: 8,000 Euros payable by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization. This covers tuition, use of training facilities and support services, routine medical care and medical insurance. Applications for the Master’s Programme Candidates interested in participating in the Master’s Programme should complete and submit the online application form available on this link: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/MSTF/A978534/en Eligibility criteria The selection of participants for the Master’s Programme, as well as the award of partial scholarships, will be made by a Selection Committee consisting of ITCILO and the University of Turin representatives. The selection criteria will include academic and professional qualifications, experience, organization, country of origin, and gender balance. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2015 [-]

Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo

Online & Campus Combined Full time 28/10/2015 - 30/09/2016 - 11 months October 2017 Spain Barcelona

El Master en “Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo” es un programa organizado por la Universidad de Turín, la Universidad de Barcelona y el Centro Internacional de Formación de la OIT, en colaboración con el Centro del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO. [+]

El programa está organizado por la Universidad de Barcelona, la Universidad de Turín y el Centro Internacional de Formación de la OIT en colaboración con el Centro del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO. La fase presencial del Master tiene lugar en la Universidad de Barcelona Las actividades culturales pueden contribuir de manera significativa al desarrollo nacional, a la creación de empleo y a la cohesión social. El Master en “Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo” pretende contribuir a la mejora de la gestión de los recursos culturales preparando a los gestores y a los profesionales para que se conviertan en activos emprendedores culturales y promuevan el desarrollo local, la generación de ingresos y la creación de empleo, enriqueciendo de este modo el enfoque tradicional de la conservación del patrimonio cultural. El programa proporciona una sólida formación en economía cultural, explorando en detalle las dimensiones económica, social, institucional y legal que constituyen la base de la gestión del patrimonio. Al finalizar el Master los participantes conocerán las bases teóricas y aplicadas de la gestión del patrimonio y serán capaces de diseñar planes de gestión del patrimonio en sus distintas vertientes (patrimonio histórico, artesanía, museos, patrimonio inmaterial, patrimonio musical, actividades culturales, etc.) que contribuyan al desarrollo económico y social y a la creación de empleo. Perfil de los Participantes El programa está dirigido a: Funcionarios y profesionales del sector público y privado, organismos de las Naciones Unidas, fundaciones y ONG. Universitarios recién graduados. Profesionales implicados en diseñar y gestionar proyectos culturales y patrimoniales. Personas que trabajan o están interesadas en proyectos del Patrimonio Mundial y en proyectos de investigación relacionados con el mismo. El requisito indispensable para la admisión es poseer un título universitario de un mínimo de tres años, equivalente a una licenciatura o grado. Contenidos El programa proporciona bases sólidas para el diseño de programas de intervención patrimonial y cultural. Se presentarán con detalle los aspectos teóricos, sociales, institucionales, legales y técnicos que inciden en la elaboración de estos programas. El master incide tanto en la posibilidad de realización de planes desde instituciones gubernamentales (locales, regionales, nacionales o internacionales), como de entidades de iniciativa social y empresas privadas. En el programa se hace énfasis en las estrategias de management para la preservación y promoción de los sitios de Patrimonio Mundial, a través de la preparación de planes de gestión y de proyectos. El programa resulta útil también para la realización de proyectos patrimoniales basados en el desarrollo, tanto de patrimonio material como inmaterial. El master presenta dos características principales que lo hacen especialmente relevante para los profesionales interesados en el desarrollo del patrimonio cultural. En primer lugar, el plan de estudios se basa en una aproximación multidisciplinar a la cultura y al patrimonio, comprendiendo tanto aspectos teóricos como prácticos en la economía cultural, la gestión del patrimonio cultural, el desarrollo local, los valores culturales y el proceso de diseño de proyectos. En segundo lugar, el alumnado aprenderá de manera aplicada el proceso de preparación de un proyecto propio, con posibilidades de implementación al finalizar el curso. Programa El programa se estructura en tres fases: Primera fase: periodo de aprendizaje a distancia (octubre – diciembre). A través de la plataforma on-line, los estudiantes inician un programa de formación consistente en lecturas y ejercicios como preparación a los distintos módulos. Segunda fase: periodo presencial intensivo (enero – abril). Durante su estancia en Barcelona los estudiantes realizan cursos con una carga horaria semanal de 28 horas (de 9,30 a 14 y 16 a 18 h). El enfoque está especialmente orientado a la realidad ibero -americana. Además de clases prácticas y talleres, el programa presencial consta de visitas a entidades patrimoniales de Barcelona y Cataluña. Tercera fase: (abril - septiembre) elaboración del proyecto final. Los estudiantes elaboran a distancia, bajo la supervisión de un tutor, un proyecto cultural iniciado durante la etapa presencial. La formación se concluye con la presentación del proyecto que será evaluado por el Comité Científico del Master. El 14 de septiembre es la fecha límite de presentación de la versión final del proyecto. El Master cuenta con la presencia de más de treinta profesores expertos procedentes de universidades de distintos países que dotan al curso de una amplia perspectiva internacional. Entre ellos destacan: David Throsby (Mcquaire University, Sydney), Xavier Greffe (Université de Paris I-Sorbonne). Xavier Roigé y Lluís Bonet (profesores de la Universidad de Barcelona) y Peter Tomlinson (CIF/OIT) son los directores científicos del Master. Junto a los profesores universitarios, participan en el programa funcionarios de la UNESCO y de la OIT completando el cuerpo docente del Master. También imparten clases del master profesionales procedentes de instituciones y empresas culturales. Créditos y titulación El master es de 60 créditos ECTS (sistema de equivalencia europea, 600 horas). Los alumnos recibirán un doble título de Master de la Universidad de Barcelona y Master de Primer Nivel de la Universidad de Turín. Idiomas El idioma del curso es el CASTELLANO. Algunas clases de profesores invitados se desarrollarán en inglés. Los alumnos podrán presentar sus trabajos escritos en cualquier de los siguientes idiomas: castellano, catalán, francés, inglés, italiano o portugués. Tasas de matrícula La tasa de matrícula es de 8.000 Euros. Los gastos de viaje y alojamiento en Barcelona están a cargo de los estudiantes. La Ciudad de Barcelona ofrece distintas posibilidades de alojamiento para estudiantes: residencias, pisos compartidos y alojamiento en familias. [-]


Turin School of Development

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