Promoting Sustainability and Social Development

Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management

The Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (ZSDM) is AIM's response to the challenge of sustaining Asian development.

By working with the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the School creates principled development leaders and managers who are well-equipped to achieve sustainable success. The School also engages emerging economies to build a team of public managers who can supervise public service delivery programs, particularly poverty reduction projects.

We look at the graduates of our Master in Development Management (MDM), Open Enrollment, and Customized Programs as development catalysts who are capable of implementing programs on change management, public-private engagements, organizational development, and human resource management. These graduates are focused on building strong institutions for sustainability, with the poor being a prime beneficiary.

History of the Zuellig School

AIM first offered development management education in 1976 with the Rural Development Management Program (RDMP). In 1985, learnings from RDMP were used to develop a four-week certificate course entitled the Program for Development Managers (PDM).

In 1989, the PDM became the core of the first Master in Development Management (MDM) course. In 1991, the Center for Development Management (CDM) was formally established as a program center and school.

Since then, the CDM has graduated 25 cohorts of the MDM Program with over 1,000 alumni coming from 40 countries within and beyond Asia.

In 2014, CDM was renamed the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management. The Zuellig School’s roster of past and current programs are testament to its enduring commitment to development management.

Here, changed leaders, renewed organizations, and better Asian nations are built.


"Development Management provides the balance to business administration education that also responds to the goals of AIM in addressing business in society. Business management courses cannot fully resolve all the problems of society. But these gaps can be addressed by a development management program that considers various societal problems in urban and rural communities.

Our students usually come from civil society organizations, government, and a few from the private sector with a corporate social responsibility ethos. Many of the students from overseas provide valuable perspectives regarding multicultural, multi-faith, and multi-racial concerns."

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go

Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management