Quality Education: Kimmage Development Studies Centre.

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 and continue to mark a significant milestone in the aspirations of governments and citizens globally.  The principle of universality encourages all of us to act and be part of this movement replacing dominant previous notions of ‘Development’ being only for ‘them’.


There has been a significant shift from the MDGs pertaining to education as Goal 2 set out to ‘achieve universal primary education’ and as such this goal was purely quantitative.  The emphasis of the SDG on Education is firmly placed within a quality framework with the full text of the goal reading ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote, lifelong learning opportunities for all.


Reading this goal and particularly the related targets, it seems like the goal could have been written with Kimmage DSC in mind: “ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.


Kimmage DSC has long provided academic modules and training courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels on development related areas including Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights, Gender, Human Development, Adult Learning, and Conflict and Security.  Kimmage DSC has always utilised and encouraged participatory learning methods which encourage and value the sharing of development practice and experience.


Our student body continues to be multi-cultural and diverse. For more than 40 years development practitioners from a variety of countries have come to and study with Kimmage DSC as we aim to equip our students with the practical skills together with a critical understanding of global development policies to enable them to work for positive change in the world today.  


Distance Learning Opportunities

In recent years we have also endeavoured to broaden access to our courses beyond the classroom through tutor supported on-line education and training programmes. Since 2015, it is possible to complete an MA in International Development entirely on-line.  This has greatly expanded our reach, with development professionals all over the world accessing our MA Programme.  Since 2009, through our KODE Programme, we have also been able to offer short, practical, skills based distance education courses to development workers which have attracted hundreds of course participants in 45+ countries. KODE courses include Addressing Gender Based Violence; Child Safeguarding & Protection; Monitoring & Evaluation & Sustainable Livelihoods.   


MA in International Development:   http://kimmagedsc.ie/full-time-study/ma/

KODE 2018 Course Schedule http://kimmagedsc.ie/training/kode-courses/

Evening Courses http://kimmagedsc.ie/evening-courses/


For more info please contact Deirdre Healy: info@kimmagedsc.ie