Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development


Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes economic and management perspectives of peace while focusing on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. Its creation was based on the belief that to better contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace, it is imperative to explore what role the economy plays in the world today and its impact on our environment and societies’ wellbeing. Issues of rural and urban poverty, growing inequalities and disparities, environmental degradation, financial crises and globalization are challenging political economic stability and social cohesion in all societies. Modern society faces the growing challenge of sustainability; finding solutions that will maintain and protect social systems for future generations. Students from the RMSED Program will become responsible managers with strong emphasis on sustainability that will be able to work in the corporate sector, public sector or social sector, both in industrialized and developing countries.


So what is RMSED?

It is not a Master's degree in business nor economics, it is something which incorporates and goes beyond both.  The degree offers alternative methods of managing the ever-evolving political, economic and social problems faced by many societies. We will challenge you to analyze, debate and find creative solutions for building a better world. We need you in order to overcome today's challenges with your experiences, expertise and innovative ideas. So what are you waiting for? Join us! 

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Resident Faculty

Alonso Muñoz (Costa Rica)

Alonso Muñoz is Instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace, where he coordinates the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED).  He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica and a Msc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and as an entrepreneur, and has volunteered on various national and international projects regarding peace education, migration, environmental impact of systems and Social Enterprises. He is a novelist, a blogger, a peace advocate, an entrepreneur and passionate about social and environmental development.


Visiting Faculty

Mohit Mukherjee

Mohit is an innovator in the education space, focused on developing curriculum on leadership, innovation, and social change.  He is the founding Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. In this role, he has developed and taught over 50 seminars in several countries (Haiti, USA, Switzerland, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, India, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and the U.K) on themes ranging from ‘Designing Your Life’ to ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change’.  

While providing leadership to the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, Mohit has also taken on consulting engagements with Florida International University and Watson Institute. In 2013, he also incorporated Changemaker International which focuses on social entrepreneurship.  Prior to this, Mohit served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. He also spent four years at A.T. Kearney management consultants in San Francisco. 

Mohit has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Andre Nijhof (The Netherlands)

André Nijhof (1969) has a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente. He started his working life as a researcher of organisational change in multinational companies like Akzo Nobel, Asito, Shell Pernis, Stegeman Sara Lee and Vredestein. Based on his research he finished his PhD at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999). Next he became a senior consultant at Q-Consult, where he specialized in corporate social responsibility and the implementation of management systems. Andre is former chairman of the Dutch Network on Business Ethics. Since 2007 he has been associate professor at the European Institute for Business Ethics, part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.


Nika Salvetti (Italy)

Former Coordinator of the RMSED Programme at the University for Peace, Costa Rica from 2009 to July 2011. She Owns a Msc in Post-war reconstruction, graduated with distinction in 1999, University of York (UK). Bsc in Economics, graduated Cum Laude, 1992, University La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). Technical Diploma in accounting and foreign Languages, graduated in 1986, (Italy). She has been working since 18 years in developing countries and war-torn societies in Africa (Uganda and Egypt), Asia (Indonesia), Middle East (Jordan, WBG, Lebanon, Yemen), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica) and the Balkans (BiH, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia) heading and managing emergency, rehabilitation and development projects for the European Commission (several years), SNV-Dutch Cooperation (1999-2001), CARE Nederland (2001-2008), MOVIMONDO (Consortium of Italian NGOs- 1995-1998).  She was also research fellow of the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP); University of York (UK) for research projects in Indonesia/Aceh and Lebanon/Beiruth; and of the University of Rome.





 the courses for the Academic Year 2014-2015:

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • DIL 6062 Workshop on Negotiation Skills (1 Credit) – Prof. Siniša Vukovic
  • GPB 6025 Gender Theories (3 Credits) – Prof. Jimena Alvarado
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peace Building and Human Security (3 Credits) – Prof. Sara Sharratt
  • GPB 6022 Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations and in Humanitarian Assistance (3 Credits) – Prof. Anusanthee Pillay
  • GPB 6033 Research Methodology (3 Credits) – Prof. Ross Ryan and Prof. Jimena Alvarado
  • ELECTIVES (3 Credits) Participants can choose an elective course offered by the January UPEACE Institute  –  UPEACE Resident Faculty and Visiting Faculty
  • GPB 6060 Gender and Human Rights (3 Credits) – Prof. Alda Facio
  • GPB 6027 Gender in Conflict Resolution (3 Credits) – Prof. Ellyn Kaschak
  • GPB 6032 Principles and Practices in Gender Mainstreaming (1 Credit) – Prof. Virginia Cawagas
  • GPB 6028 Gender Identities and Queer Studies (3 Credits) – Prof. Gloria Filax
  • GPB 6029 Gender and Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (3 Credits) – Prof. Jimena Alvarado and Instructor Tara Ruttenberg
  • GPB 6015 Religion, Gender and Peace (2 Credits) – Prof. Toh Swee-Hin (S. H. Toh)
  • ELECTIVES (1 Credit) Participants can choose an elective course offered by UPEACE different programmes – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • UPE 6028 Simulation Exercise on Model of UN Conference (UPMUNC) (1 Credit) – Prof. Ross Ryan
  • GPB 7100 Independent Research Project (8 Credits)