Established under royal patronage in 2008, this Program aims to spread a culture of human rights promotion and protection as well as study and develop theories and practices of human development. Working in coordination with University degli Studi di Pavia, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia and the Universita degli Studi di Padova, this Program aims to equip graduate students with extensive methodological training to analyze and develop the contemporary paradigms and theories of this field.
The program is also in coordination with the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). Based in Harvard and created by world-class economist and development theorist Amartya Sen, the HDCA promotes inter-disciplinary research on development problems related to impoverishment, justice, and well-being.
This Human Rights and Human Development Program incorporates human rights as a fundamental criterion for the measurement of human development and is the first program in the region to bridge the scientific gap between human rights and human development. Since its establishment, the Program has contributed to the body of scientific knowledge concerning human rights and human development and has also cultivated a network of local, regional, and global research collaboration. By providing a multidimensional theoretical and practical approach to the field of human rights and human development, the Program provides students with the skills to compete locally and internationally as well as to further global understanding and promotion of human rights and human development.