International development certificate planned

At a spring semester faculty meeting, Northwestern College professors voted to approve a new graduate-level certificate program in the management of international development. Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission, the certification will be added to Northwestern’s online offerings for adults and graduate students.

Comprised of four courses and an optional internship, the certificate program can be completed entirely online in a year or less. The first two courses, Social Enterprise and World Poverty, will be offered starting in January 2015. Other courses in the program are International Management and Nonprofit Management, both of which will be offered in subsequent semesters.

Enrollees must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. The certificate program is excellent training for business, ministry and other professionals interested in combating poverty and helping promote economic growth in developing countries.

Northwestern business and economics professor Dr. David Befus is directing the program. Before joining Northwestern’s faculty, Befus spent two years with Compassion International, overseeing post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti. He also served as president of Latin America Mission and was the international director of microfinance for World Vision.

The author of “Where There Are No Jobs: Practioner’s Manual for Changing the World Through Enterprise,” Befus has an M.B.A. in international business and a doctorate in economic development from the universities of Michigan and Miami, respectively.