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We are offering Leading Economic Growth online again from October 4 – December 10th 2021. Application deadline is September 13th, 2021.

Stimulating growth is the top economic priority for many countries and localities around the world. Yet many are trapped, lacking the productive capability to solve problems and expand to new industries to drive development. New growth strategies need paths, processes and organizations to address this problem.

Sophisticated Tools. Practical Approaches.

Leading Economic Growth brings together leading experts in economic development with practitioners from around the globe to focus on practical approaches to shared growth and development. Led by Professor Ricardo Hausmann and Professor Matt Andrews, the curriculum provides a framework for understanding economic growth, as well as sophisticated tools for diagnosis, decision making, and implementation.

In March 2020, we pivoted our 5-day residential program to a 10-week online program. It was one of the first executive education programs to pivot online at the Harvard Kennedy School. 216 participants from 64 countries successfully completed the 10-week program, and 96% of the participants rated the program excellent or very good.

We offered the program again in March 2021, and 65 participants from 27 countries successfully completed the program. 96% of the participants rated the program excellent/very good, and 98% of them said that they would consider taking an online course with us again.

Here’s what they had to say about the program:

“This is an extremely engaging, interesting and practical course. I have already incorporated many of the ideas/concepts into my project proposals.” 

“It was one of the most stimulating learning experiences I have had. Not only was I able to expand my viewpoint about development and economic growth, but I was also able to think more deeply about the growth challenge I am tackling in my country.”

“The combination of growth diagnostics and PDIA was very valuable–new tools for thinking about economic growth challenges, and new tools for advancing implementation.” 

“I would highly recommend the course to every international development practitioner.”

Unlike most executive programs, Leading Economic Growth requires participants to complete both individual, as well as peer learning group assignments, every week. Here’s what they had to say:

“The weekly assignments helped me to apply the knowledge gained during the week to my specific growth problem.”

“Assignments stimulated critical thinking and helped me come up with a plan at the end of the program.” 

“The peer learning group work promoted diverse view points and perspectives which enhanced learning.”

“Exchanging with my peers in the learning group was highly effective and helped us to structure our growth problems and discuss open questions.”

“I learned a lot from my peers on a professional and personal level.”

Participants also wrote learning journey blogs. You can read about their experience in Angola, Australia, Canada, Chile, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, and Ukraine. You can also find more blogs here.

To learn more and apply, visit the course website.

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