Certificate in Saemaul Undong and International Development Cooperation

Enderun Colleges and Yeungnam University of South Korea aim to cultivate leaders who will tackle major economic issues and challenges faced by countries around the world.

The Certificate in Saemaul Undong and International Development Cooperation analyzes and studies the important factors for economic growth. The Department of Saemaul Studies and Economic Development was established at Enderun Colleges to offer this program that will groom the nation’s future leaders. Professors handpicked by Yeungnam University and Enderun Colleges will support the development of courses through special lectures and joint seminars.

This program focuses on development frameworks on regional and rural development, leadership and management, financial planning and control, and social entrepreneurship. It provides participants with the background needed to organize, plan, and implement economic development activities and programs.

The specialization in Saemaul Undong covers the development model credited in propelling the economic success of the Republic of Korea. The program shows how Saemaul Undong’s three doctrines: diligence, self-help, and cooperation, led the country towards having a sustainable economy. Discussions on Saemaul Undong applications are included in all the subjects offered.

Upon taking the Certificate in Saemaul Undong, students have the option to ladderize each subject to formal college credits, enabling two possible options: a window for having a formal college degree for non-college graduates or a second degree for those with an undergraduate degree.

In addition, you will gain the essential knowledge in International Development Cooperation (IDC), which is in demand for project managers and executive directors of non-profit organizations such as the United Nations (UN), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and World Bank.

Who is it for?

  • students interested in business, politics, social service, development work, and teaching
  • development professionals new to the field or more experienced professionals seeking to update their skills

Why take this certificate program?

  • provides a great background on economic development and project management


Certificate Course Titles

  1. Philosophy and Concepts of Saemaul Undong
    This course introduces students to a community development model that originated in the Republic of Korea called Saemaul Undong, also known as the New Village Movement. The course aims to teach the principles and foundations of the model, which is recognized as the reason for Korea’s long-term economic development from the 1970s. Students are empowered by theories and methods which can be applied to different countries and communities, and they develop practical skills that can be used in their own communities.
  2. Fundamentals of Economics with Industrial Economics, International Economics and Public Economics
    This course introduces students to the principles and foundation of modern Economics. Students will learn to appreciate how the economy works through interaction between various economic agents such as governments, households and firms. It introduces other branches of Economics such as Industrial Economics, Public Economics and International Economics. The course develops awareness of the subject in the growth and development of the Philippine economy providing them with analytical skills, which can be applied in communities.
  3. Leadership, Management and Conflict Negotiation
    This course discusses fundamental management principles and theories, with emphasis on the major management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling as they apply to general business processes and activities. A substantial examination of key management topics, including leadership, training, human resource development, motivation, delegation, problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution are incorporated. It delves into Saemaul Undong’s leadership style, which will arm students with leadership and management skills that can be applied in the communities they will develop.
  4. Environmental Resource Management and Protection
    This course gives students a foundation and skills in environmental management, protection, and developing sustainable projects with environmental aspects. The course highlights basic knowledge of earth sciences and practical applications as part of developing environmental literacy and social responsibility. It studies the role of environmental management and protection in the growth of an economy using Korea’s environmental efforts through Saemaul Undong as a model.
  5. Economic Development with Civic Participation and Social Marketing
    The course is a comprehensive educational experience that integrates theoretical and practical perspectives on economic development and civic participation. It provides students with a foundation for understanding the roles of community engagement and social action in democratic citizenship and global stewardship. Students learn to develop innovative business solutions and integrate marketing concepts for social problems to influence behaviors that benefit individuals and communities.
  6. Financial Management with Financial Economics and Planning
    This course provides an introduction to financial management and project financing. Students are taught the essentials in efficient and effective management of funds. The goal of the course is to equip students with skills to objectively approach and solve financial problems. Furthermore, the students are also given a background on financial management methods used in communities through Saemaul Undong.
  7. International Development Cooperation
    This course studies the history of cooperation between countries. It talks about international organizations such as United Nations and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and official development assistance.
  8. Strategic and Project Management with Project and Policy Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
    This course presents an introduction to strategic project management. It deals with formulation of action plans and strategies to address organizational challenges, close performance gaps and fulfill the project’s objectives. It aims to develop the ability of the student to think strategically about a project, its present business position, its long term direction and its sustainability. Case studies are used to further elaborate and explain theories and concepts discussed.


Course Fee

Course Fee Php 224,000
Payment Scheme Cash, Credit Card or Check

We offer full scholarships and partial scholarships depending on need to those who are interested in taking the course. Please declare that you are applying for a scholarship upon application.