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ISSCAD Admission | 2020 Programs in National Development


Combining local knowledge with global vision, ISSCAD is committed to excellence in national development research, talent training for developing countries, and dynamic exchange platform for global cooperation, and devoted to promoting equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth by sharing knowledge and experience on matters of public leadership and national development, with developing and especially the least developed countries.


The core faculties of ISSCAD are intensively associated with the National School of Development of Peking University, which has an established reputation both academically and as a policy think-tank in China. Well aware that to craft effective solutions to complex real-world problems would require a multidisciplinary and actionable approach, the core faculty is also supported synergistically by a scalable network of select faculty and professional (including senior government officials) associates from other schools and departments of Peking University and beyond. The purpose is to nurture a vibrant interdisciplinary learning environment that encourages intense inquiry, open dialogue, and cross-cultural learning and serves as a bridge between theory and practice.


Program Information

The Institute offers both degree programs and non-degree executive educational programs. Our degree programs feature a rigorous economics-centered and problem-solving oriented curriculum which also covers quantitative analysis, political institutions, strategic management, leadership, and globalization.


Master Program in Public Administration (National Development) 

Length: 1 year

Certificate: Master in Public Administration

Teaching Language: English

Program introduction: An economics-centered multidisciplinary program that combines rigorous analytical work with an emphasis on public policy and leadership.

Application Requirement: Applicants for the master’s program must have attained a bachelor’s degree or above, and have at least 3 years of work experience in government or public sector.

Program Requirement: After a year of systematic study, students complete 38 credits (including Chinese language lessons) and complete an applied dissertation under the guidance of a mentor to obtain a master's degree from Peking University.


Doctoral Program in National Development

Length: 3 years

Certificate: Doctor in Economics

Teaching Language: English

Program introduction: Designed to prepare high-caliber talent and national leaders who are equipped with theories and knowledge, acquainted with China’s development experience, and are capable of making decisions and policies related to national development with real-world conditions of his/her own country taken into consideration. 

Application Requirement: Applicants for the Doctoral Program must have acquired a master’s degree or above, and have at least 5 years of work experience in government or public sector.

Program Requirement: Through a structured program of courses, workshops, and field trips which add to a total 38 credits (including a course on Chinese language), students are expected to develop a conceptual toolkit that draws on the social sciences but is adapted for applications in the real world. The program culminates in students submitting a dissertation with both academic and practical values completed under the guidance of an academic advisor. 


Financial Aid

Chinese Government Scholarships are provided for students admitted from developing countries through the Economic and Commercial Counselor's Office of the Chinese Embassy. The scholarship will cover tuition, living expenses, settlement allowance, accommodation, textbook and costs related to study trips. It also includes one round-trip international airfares.  


Application Instructions

Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens from developing countries.

Applicants must be proficient in English. 

All applicants shall be in good physical condition. 

Applicants must be recommended by government authorities, political parties, non-governmental organizations in their home countries, or relevant international organizations. 

Only applicants recommended by the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Chinese Embassy in the country that accords with the candidate’s nationality will be considered.

The application deadline for both the master and doctoral programs is June 20, 2020.


> Application to Peking University

The applicant who has obtained a recommendation letter shall then proceed to apply for the program with Peking University.

Link: http://www.studyatpku.com


> Application to Chinese Scholarship Council

Visit the online application system of the Chinese Scholarship Council and register for an account. 

Link: https://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn/#/login


Interview and Admissions

After the application deadline, the Admissions Committee of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development will make an initial round of material review and select qualified candidates for interviews. 

Based on candidates’ application materials and interview performance, the Admissions Committee of the Institute will make a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate and make a final decision whether the candidate is admitted or not. No explanation will be made regarding admission results. 

Admission letters will be sent out by early July 2019. They will include necessary documents for visa processing.