International development is critical if we are to stabilise previously unstable regions. The development of new, sustainable education systems in such regions is well known to be an important driver for international development generally, attracting considerable body of literature as well as numerous donor initiatives. Developing economies in the midst of fundamental restructuring of higher education may benefit from radical approaches to engineering education programme design. This paper sets out the case of the development of a BSc and a MSc curriculum in Mechatronics Management in Kosovo. It demonstrates that it is possible to develop higher-education programmes in advanced engineering, which have potential local economic impact in an emerging economy and are designed with that goal specifically in mind. The case demonstrates how it is possible to apply theories of engineering and technology professional competence to develop higher education programmes with the potential to deliver on aggressive economic and educational objectives.