The Master in Development Economics (MDE) is a two-year full-time degree taught in English by Vietnamese lecturers who have been trained abroad and by visiting lecturers from abroad. The curriculum focuses on applying economic theory to the policy challenges facing Vietnam. The project began in 1995, and since 2002 has become financially self-sustainable. The more than 200 alumni are highly valued and work in many Vietnamese Ministries, Institutes and Universities. See www.mde.edu.vn.