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Bradford is a vibrant, friendly, creative and cosmopolitan city with a population of over half a million people speaking around 70 different languages. This diverse community hosts a wide range of dazzling street events and festivals such as the annual Bradford Festival, a vibrant, colourful and multicultural programme of theatre, art, music and dance from around the world. The city’s restaurants serve up a delicious menu of world cuisine including Chinese, Italian, Ukrainian, Polish and Middle Eastern, while our famous curry houses have earned Bradford the title of Curry Capital of Britain for a record-breaking sixth year in a row - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

It is the perfect multicultural setting for the Division of Peace Studies and International Development - and the city has even had its own Nobel Peace Prize winner! The Peace Museum in Bradford is the only museum dedicated to the history of peace, peacemakers and peace movements in the UK. Bradford was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, and the social conditions of the nineteenth century ensured that it became the cradle of a lot of important movements for social justice in the past, such as the Methodist movement and the Labour party. It introduced the first municipal schools and nurseries in the country.

This rich Victorian heritage is also evident in the city’s abundance of handsome architecture. More recent introductions include City Park, an award winning landscaped space in the city centre. The mirror pool, spectacular laser light projections and over 100 fountains attract the widest range of people, and it is also the setting for many open-air cultural events.

The surrounding countryside is equally breath-taking. The Victorian industrial village of Saltaire (a World Heritage Site), the pretty spa town of Ilkley, and the picturesque village of Haworth and Bronte country, are all popular tourist attractions, and all host seasonal cultural festivals. They are easily accessible by train or bus services that will also take you into the Yorkshire Dales and spectacular walking and hiking country. There are plenty of cinemas, sporting venues and theatres, all within a few minutes’ walk of the City Campus. The National Science and Media Museum is one of the most visited museum attractions outside London, whilst the Alhambra Theatre is a major touring venue offering top West End shows, contemporary dance and ballet. There is also a wealth of grassroots culture to explore, from artist sound walks around historic Manningham to the flourishing poetry and local music scenes, and nearby literature festivals. The University’s own Theatre in the Mill is an intimate space that hosts some ground-breaking and thought-provoking pieces, often by global artists. Many of the shows speak directly to Peace Studies and International Development issues.

MSc degrees for the Aga Khan Foundation Staff

Between 2004 and 2009, The Centre for International Development at the University of Bradford was contracted by the Aga Khan Development Network of the the Aga Khan Foundation to deliver its MSc programme for their staff in the Gorno Badakh-shan region in the Pamirs in Tajikistan. The programme was delivered by Prof Tom Franks, Dr PB Anand, Dr B Morvaridi, Dr Anna Mdee and Prof Farhad Analoui. The programme has been successfully completed by 15 staff members who are now in senior positions and a proposal is now under consideration for delivering an MSc based on Bradford modules for the staff of the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan and other fragile states. 

Capacity Building for the African Development Bank

In 2009, the Centre for International Development was contracted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis to deliver a series of modules to young professionals in the bank, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Investment Appraisal and Project Management. The programme was delivered in Tunis and provide an advanced course of study with a focus on developing strong theoretical, technical and analytical skills through a combination of lectures and detailed case study work. The programme has trained a total of 80 young professionals and was led by Patrick Ryan, with key inputs from a range of Centre of Development staff including Prof J Cusworth, Dr PB Anand, Dr David Potts, Dr J Lawler and Prof John Weiss.

China Development Bank Programme

Between 2007 and 2013, the Centre for International Development was commissioned by the China Development Bank to deliver nine short courses: seven of these related to project appraisal and two related to doing business in Africa. Each course was delivered to a cohort of 25 senior executives of the Bank. The programme was led by Dr PB Anand and supported by Prof J Weiss, Dr D Potts and Linda Bower. The University worked closely with Barclays and staff at Cambridge University, HM Treasury, Lloyds of London, London Mayor's Office. DFID and Parliament.

Developing Leadership and Management in Bangladesh

The Centre for International Development was contracted in 2008 to deliver a six week programme for 20 senior Bangladesh Civil Service Officers, sponsored by DfID, the Government of Bangladesh, and the British Council. Due to the Success of this programme, the Centre ran a further seven programmes and a total of 159 participants completed the programmes by 2012. Dr J Lawler and Dr R Espindola delivered the programmes. Participants worked in groups on a range of improvement projects with aims of innovation, inclusivity and service improvement.

Leadership of HE Institutions in Pakistan

The Centre for International Development was commissioned by the British Council to design and deliver a leadership and HR development programme for registrars in Pakistan Universities. This was successfully delivered by Prof F Anouli and Dr J Lawler in November 2012 with subsequent requests to provide similar programmes for vice chancellors in Pakistan Universities.

Bradford Degrees Delivered by the Mzumbe University in Tanzania

The Centre for International Development has a history of collaboration with Mzumbe University (formerly the Institute of Development Management) since the late 1970s, initially in relation to training of staff and conduct of short post-experience courses, but subsequently also involving consultancy and research.

In 2010 a collaborative programme was established through which Mzumbe University staff deliver two new part-time MSc degrees based on University of Bradford programmes. The first graduation took place in December 2012 in Mzumbe University's graduation ceremony in Dar es Salaam and Dr DJ Potts, Mzumbe Programme Coordinator represented the University. the programme is due to continue until 2016.