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History of MSc Resilience Economy Program Development

Our Business is not to Graduate MSc and PhD Students in Socioeconomic Studies only, but rather bring Graduates that Eliminate Poverty and its Spillovers Globally.

Differentiation of (MSc Resilience Economy) & its Role in Socioeconomic Developmentof Rwanda, Africa & the World

Still today, most Socioeconomic Issues are dealt with as complicated chronic problems (i.e., it needs time and financial resources). However, in reality, most of the existing world problems that could not be solved, i.e., poverty, migration, etc., are complex rather than complicated. Clearly, there is a gap in the capacity of the world graduates of today to address the world’s “complexity”, specifically in dealing with the “complex problems” in relevance to socioeconomic issues. Dealing with the complexity of current and future world problems requires holistic multidisciplinary thinking, approaches and an empathetically driven mindset. Therefore, the MSc in Resilience Economy (called in short here MRE) which is from the proposed SIAS tries to bring graduates that address this gap instead of going towards the current sub-speciality postgraduate studies that the capital-based economy created in our life. This style of creating multidisciplinary expert problem solvers, help to overcome the necessity of bringing more abundant mindset graduates rather than closed scarcity mindset graduates that classical programs are helping to create.

As the world is going through devastating pandemic spillovers that influenced both our life and livelihood, more spillovers are expected in every sector and discipline. The COVID-19 and the lockdowns for more than 24 months brought challenges, but also opportunities. However, unfortunately, most of the opportunities have gone towards technology relation solutions rather than human-related solutions. The international emergency, the polarisation within regions and the world, and the stretch between the leftist and rightist movements have created a shakeup for what we used to know before the outbreak of the virus. Now, globalisation is reviewed, and a transformation of new economic powers in many communities, including their socioeconomic situations, are all going through periods of instability and deterioration of quality of life; despite the availability of many resources and sources for development.

Observing, absorbing, and then realising the new global reality, in both the developed and under-developed countries bring new perspectives to any new initiative, especially if this initiative comes to create a realised socioeconomic differentiation between the communities throughout the world. The increase in the gap between the poor and the rich, and the failure to achieve the top Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the elimination of poverty in 2025, means the world needs a new mindset and new approaches to the dominating capital-based economy. Therefore, the SIAS initiated where the programs offered would focus on the type of formulas used to deal with today and future problems. The MSc in Resilience Economy is one of them.

Issues such as non-communicable diseases, migration, the gap between the poor and the rich, middle-class rigidity, unemployment, family instability, scarce job opportunities, vulnerable people's needs, growing population, intergeneration gaps, etc., are just a few of the rapidly increasing socioeconomic problems. In this repeated world crisis that is both man-made and natural, the need for a well-structured approach to address world problems from specific niches is highly in demand. In the international inspiration economy project (IIEP) we found this gap is clear when it comes to preparing a generation of leaders that are considered like socioeconomic physicians who can properly diagnose the contemporary diseases within the communities and give the proper treatment efficiently and effectively. This means setting up an academic institute that brings postgraduates and encourages research that would see problems as opportunities for development.

Therefore, IIEP sees a silver lining in this world situation. While most of the world is worried about the rising mental health problems, along with rising communities’ frictions, and more displacement of people due to wars, hunger, and drought, which led to more scarce-driven mindsets, we see opportunities for calibrating the path through the making of future socioeconomic leaders that overcome conflicts and bring in more solutions to these complicated problems. Therefore, and based on the intention of preserving or enhancing those work on the formula of (capacity vs demand) rather than (supply vs demand), the SIAS programs, comes to offer more structured approaches, through its field-structured PhD, or MSc programs that create different type of projects that impact that the world needs today and the future, even before graduation.

The SIAS programs promise to ignite positive change in the communities, starting from the developing countries, which would help to overcome the negativity of world conflicts, disasters and crises towards more inspiring experiences, models and stories that could be built starting from Rwanda, Africa and Developing countries.