International Development

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International Development is an interdisciplinary field which trains students to be skilled, critical and practical agents of change in an unequal world. Our graduates go on to work for governments, civil society organizations, and private and social enterprises. They contribute a unique combination of knowledge, business skills and innovative thinking that is needed to address the complex global challenges we face today. 

Our program is unique in the way it balances classroom-based instruction with practical training both in students’ local communities and internationally. This approach is designed to equip our graduates to be agents of change in ways that are effective, responsible, and sustainable. 

This program is delivered as a collaboration between United College and the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environment. 

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Meet United's International Development Professors 

John Abraham

Academic Dean, Continuing Lecturer and Manager of International Work Experience for the INDEV and MDP programs

Board member since 2021

Julie Kate Seirlis

Continuing Lecturer International Development, Indigenous Studies, and Human Rights

Julia (Julie Kate) Seirlis holds a BA in English, French, Italian, Latin and Private Law from the University of Cape Town and an MSt and DPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Her doctorate examined the relationships between race and space in the construction -- and alienation -- of Coloured ("mixed race") identities in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe. 

Teferi Mergo

Assistant Professor of Economics

I grew up in Ethiopia during a very turbulent time – surrounded by serious economic hardships and socio-political upheaval – which sparked my early interest in development economics, setting me on an improbable journey to pursuing higher education in Economics at Berkeley.

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