Glocal: International Development
Local Action with a Global Impact
The Glocal International Development Program is an innovative, interdisciplinary 18-month master’s program which translates academic research into practical understanding and action in the field. Established in 2010, the program successfully channels Israeli development expertise towards the creation of holistic and creative solutions to the chronic problems faced by the world’s marginalized populations.
Diverse Student Body
Glocal is taught in English and the student body is balanced between Israelis and overseas students, including from developing countries. The program’s unique approach builds on a strong academic curriculum from a variety of social science disciplines and a practical 4-month internship spent in international organizations working with local communities across the world.
The internship period offers a unique opportunity for students to work alongside local and international professionals and to interact with members of a local community. It also allows students to specialize in a variety of areas, from agriculture and public health to education and advocacy. Glocal alumni are prominent in a variety of development organizations in Israel and across the world and many have started their own social action projects as well.
We rely on the generosity and support of the Hebrew University community in order to continue to make this program available to the best and brightest from across the globe, regardless of their socio-economic status. As Professor Tamir Sheafer, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, says, "The Glocal program unites the goodness that the University can offer its students with the goodness that the humankind can offer the world."
A Glocal Photo Exhibit
"I believe that I will still get chance to return to my home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo… When I started to look for [Glocal] internship opportunities, I was driven to choose Kenya specifically, as I wished to express my gratitude towards the asylum I was granted there for eight good years. Finally, in September 2015 I returned to Kenya, this time not for seeking asylum, but as a development practitioner.”
Sylvain Ruhamya, Glocal International Master’s Program Student