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Sustainable Local Economic Development (LED) – Supporting Firms and Farms (IHS)

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

  • Beschrijving
  • Overzicht

Create and manage multi-stakeholder processes that take place in the local and regional urban economy. This postgraduate course focuses on instruments for policies to support SME development.

How can we get our local economy to grow in an inclusive way? How do entrepreneurship and innovation affect local economy? What strategies are there to support local enterprises? Are your region's local economic policies driving sufficient investment to make it competitive?

Entrepreneurs and small businesses (firms or farms) are the backbone of local economy. Understanding the impact they have on its competitiveness is key to drafting policies that are effective but also inclusive. These policies should inspire social dialogue and bring together the community, businesses and government actors to support existing local capacities and make way for the development of new ones.

The course tackles the challenge of creating synergies between policies and their stakeholders in both rural and urban settings. You will be introduced to specific strategies and tools for creating and managing these processes from a multi-stakeholder perspective.


2019 Full-time Institutioneel € 2750 / hele opleiding
2019 Full-time Internationaal € 2750 / hele opleiding


An assessment may be required for any of the programmes at Erasmus University. This depends on the course you wish to sign up for and on the file that you send us as part of your application. A file should contain your academic background and relevant test-scores, such as TOEFL/IELTS, a letter of motivation and letters of reference.


The course is meant for government officials (municipal, provincial or national), representatives of private sector organisations and employees of NGOs that are dealing or will deal with SME development and/or Local Economic Development policies.


Concept of Local Economic Development Theories of systemic & territorial competitiveness; The role of small & medium sized enterprises in the local economy; Business system & embedding of geographical production networks; Agglomerations, enterprise clusters & value chain analysis The role of institutions in economic development; Multistakeholder economic development: SME development.

instruction modes

The course will be a blend of lectures, expert's seminars, excursions/field visits and group exercises presenting international (best) practices and knowledge.


IHS offers a unique service approach for international participants in our programmes. We assist you with accomodation, travel arrangements, insurance and other general student services. IHS has been teaching international students for over 55 years. We are looking forward to welcoming you!


Participants will be able to: have knowledge about SMEs & their role in the local economy, within the context of LED theories & strategies; analyse the local economy & value chains in which local enterprise agglomerations & clusters are inserted; analyse policies & develop instruments that support local businesses, including business incubators, business development support & cluster development.

study abroad

IHS educates participants from all over the world and can boost an alumni netwerk of over 7400 urban professionals in over 140 countries. Also the staff members and guest lecturers are either internationals or partly educated abroad. The case studies that are shared are retrieved from different urban regions around the world taking intercultural differences and similarities into account. You can therefore safely conclude that you will study in an international environment.

study association

IHS Alumni International (IHS AI) is a network of urban professionals that was established in 2009 in response to the need for all IHS alumni to stay connected. It's primary aim is fostering professional ideas and support.

It's objective and slogan is 'sharing urban knowledge' internationally.

sustainable strengthening

The course aims to enable participants, primarily urban professionals in developing & transitional countries, to become innovative urban managers, able to work in a complex multidisciplinary & multi actor environment. The focus is on the role of urban policies, management & governance institutions in achieving urban development. It is expected to contribute to urban development. IHS supplements education services with research & advice: a comprehensive package of urban institutional development.

tuition fee

Additional costs (Postgraduate diploma courses)
Travel to and from the course destination, daily travel, copying costs, insurance (international insurance can be arranged by IHS for currently EUR 1,30 per day), short stay visa costs, accommodation and living costs

Included in the tuition fee:
Access to the IHS library and online course literature, pick up at the airport when you arrive, Rotterdam public transport validation card ('OV-chipcard')

Niveau N.V.T.
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 3 weken
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur Geen titel
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Privé
Afronding Diploma
Credits 420