Student Experiences

The students who enroll in the Master's Degree Programme in Development, Education and International Cooperation (previously MDP in Development and International Cooperation) are its most valuable resource. Since 2004, the Programme has welcomed more than 150 students from 30 countries to Jyväskylä.

tram ninh nosto.jpg"In my programme, the lecturers and professors are encouraging students to think critically and to ask questions. We also have a multicultural environment with people from different countries. And that helps a lot, because in each place we have different development issues to think about and different ways to think about them. I’ve learned a lot from my friends from different countries, because everyone has a different approach to the issue."  - Ngoc Tram Ninh, Vietnam
Read more about Ngoc's experience

Karla.jpeg"The reason why I came to study to Finland is because of the quality of education that this country has. Particularly at the University of Jyväskylä, I have attained valuable knowledge due to their learning system, qualified teachers and the different benefits that the university has offered me. I have been working with NGOs since four years now, but I needed to have more experience in the theoretical and research field and with the Master's programme on Development and International Cooperation, I am going to have the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in these important topics. This will help me to professionalize my work when I come back to my home country where I expect to keep on working in the Development field in an International Cooperation Agency." - Karla Espinoza Zamorategui, Mexico

Xu Xiaoli.jpeg"I studied in the Master's degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation, with a major of education. I chose this programme mainly due to my interest in languages, cultures and social science, as well as the highly distinguished Finnish education. I graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University, China, with education and linguistic background. Though I didn't know much about development before, little by little, I find myself truly love this programme now and I want to contribute myself to the development field. I used to think I can barely do anything to change the world. However, after half a year's studying, I start to think that we can use our strength to make a better future, if more and more people are joining us. Carrying this idea, I plan to do research on the topic of inclusive education. In my opinion, everyone in the world should be entitled to quality education, regardless of their background, economic status, gender and special need. I hope my efforts can bring poor devastating people more  hope and some substantial help." - Xu Xiaoli, China

Jyväskylä is a vibrant student city and the University has an active Student Union (JYY). JYY organizes numerous cultural events, offers sports services, movie nights, themed events like the Development Cooperation week. Through JYY, students can also get active in other campus activities, like the subcommittee for Development Cooperation.

Nhu Phuong.jpegIn addition to JYY activities, the DEVI group often becomes a tight group with their own events and activities. To find out more about studying at the Master's programme on Development, Education and International Cooperation or in the University of Jyväskylä in general, please visit the Blog of our previous student Ambassador Phuong Bui. The blog contains loads of practical information on living in Jyväskylä. You can also check the  student ambassador pages to get more insight on studying in Jyväskylä. For more student experiences, please visit the Study with us portal.