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System Dynamics-based Development Planning Course

22 January - 16 February 2024 | ONLINE
11 March - 05 April 2024 | ONLINE & BERGEN, NORWAY

We have reached the halfway mark of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and while some progress has been achieved, it is evident that there is still much work to be done to attain any of the goals. As the global community grapples with ongoing repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders are confronted with crucial questions: What are the most effective and cost-efficient solutions to enhance the resilience of our social and economic systems against future shocks while safeguarding our finite environmental resources? To achieve the SDGs, it is imperative that we comprehend the intricacies of sustainable development and establish a clear path forward.


Through a series of case studies and practical exercises, participants in this course will cultivate expertise in understanding, mapping, and analyzing intricate sustainable development challenges using System Dynamics methodology. They will also learn how to identify the most effective approaches for resolving these challenges from a systems perspective. Participants will gain knowledge about developing robust, multi-sector, and multi-disciplinary strategies, designing policies, and making decisions within national contexts. The course is also an introduction to the Integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG) planning framework developed by the Millennium Institute.


The course is designed for professionals engaged in national development planning, particularly those responsible for formulating policies and programs aligned with development frameworks such as the SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement, and Sendai Framework. Typical participants include policy analysts, advisors, and specialists involved in implementation and evaluation from government agencies, policy research institutes, and international development organizations


The course is offered free-of-charge, but participants are required to pay a semester fee of 590 Norwegian Krone (about $55) to the University of Bergen. Participants are also responsible for their travel, accommodation, and living expenses while in Norway. An average student budget in Norway is about USD1,200 per month for most expenses including university housing, food, study materials, transport, and activities. Millennium Institute or the University of Bergen does not offer scholarships to attend the course.

There is no course fee, however, participants must pay a semester fee of 590 Norwegian (Krone approximately USD 55) to the University of Bergen. Participants are also responsible for covering their expenses related to travel, accommodation, and daily living while in Norway. On average, a student budget in Norway is around USD 1,200 per month, which includes costs such as university housing, meals, study materials, transportation, and extracurricular activities. No scholarships are provided by Millennium Institute or the University of Bergen.



Complete the application form and return with all supporting documentation to Fully completed application must be submitted by 17 November 2023.


The critical-thinking pedagogical approach is what I like most. It challenged us to think critically and systemically, to learn from others with diverse backgrounds, and to take an active role in learning.

We were  involved in the creation of a model for a virtual country. It was extremely helpful to see modeling step-by-step, which helped us to better understand development dynamics. It is exactly what is called 'learning by doing'.

The course was very interesting. It was a good opportunity to  apply prior knowledge of development issues in practical ways using a method that I was previously unfamiliar with, but that I now think is key for effective national planning.

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