The Economic Departments at the University of Namur (UNamur) and at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) organize jointly this one-year post graduate program in International and Development Economics.

SMIDE has successfully been in existence since 1996. Professorship includes academics and professional experts with a well established international reputation and an extensive field experience in developing countries.


The objective of SMIDE is to train present and future actors of development to be able to devise realistic and original reforms and programs based on a sound economic analysis and well adjusted to the social and political context of each country.

The program enables graduates and young professionals to: 

  1. Acquire international standards of economic analysis and increase their abilities in this field; 
  2. Confront their personal experience with foreign perceptions of the world economy and of their country; 
  3. Gain the maturity needed to further sharpen their professional or research objectives.


The program is structured around two main themes: Macroeconomic and Trade Policies; and Economic Development and Institutions. Graduates obtain an Advanced Master’s Degree in International and Development Economics.


Detailed study programme


Financial support

The program enjoys the support of the "Académie de Recherche et d'Enseignement supérieur - Commission de la Coopération au Développement" (ARES-CCD) and receives financial backing from the Belgian Government. 



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