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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 3

(March 2003)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGS Program activities.

Contribution of the JJ/WBGSP Scholarships to Capacity Building
ArrowProgram Highlights
JJ/WBGSP launches website in French and Spanish in addition to the current English version

ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview
ArrowHow many people visit JJ/WBGSP website?

II. Partnership Universities 
ArrowPartnerships Programs with eleven institutions of higher learning around the globe

III. Scholars News
JJ/WBGSP Regional Meetings Mission in Europe. Scholars' opinion about the Program's commitment to capacity building in the developing world
ArrowRegional Distribution of Scholars
ArrowProgram Effectiveness and Impact
ArrowProgram Can Help Scholars in their Search for Employment

IV. Alumni News
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP is Publishing an Alumni Roster to Present their Credentials

V. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

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Contribution of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program to Capacity Building
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) has been instrumental in facilitating the transfer of theoretical and practical development knowledge from the industrialized world to low income countries that need it.

The JJ/WBGSP awards scholarships for graduate studies to well-qualified mid-career professionals, who are then expected to apply and to disseminate the newly acquired knowledge and skills in promoting the socioeconomic development of their own and other developing countries.

The Program has been especially active and helpful in Africa where there are real needs for capacity building and human resources development. The partnership programs in Africa build the local knowledge base and thus equip their graduates to provide solutions to local problems. By developing human resources in this way, the partnership programs are making significant contributions to capacity building in the region.

The guidance and continued support of our donor, the Government of Japan, and the efforts of our partner universities have been crucial in fulfilling the JJ/WBGSP's mandate to enhance the capacity building and to create the appropriate environment for transfer of knowledge to the developing countries around the globe.

  Program Highlights

  • During 1987-2001, the JJ/WBGSP awarded a total of 2,302 scholarships for studying in 150 universities in 32 World Bank member countries, of which 1,713 were in its Regular Program and 589 in its Partnership.
  • Over 60% of the scholars came from families where parents have high school level and less education, of which many come from humble and poor backgrounds. In the Regular Program, the majority of scholars (44%) studied in economics and globalization, public policy, and management areas; followed by sustainable development (25%); and Health, population, and education (14%).
  • Geographic analysis of variations across home regions indicated that the percentage of scholars living and working in their home country varied from a high of 82% for the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region to 68% for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. It should, however, be noted that the MNA region accounted for only 5% of the total Program alumni. In respect to absolute numbers, the Africa Region, with 30% of the total alumni, had the largest number of scholars (177) living and working in their home country, followed by the East Asia and Pacific Region with 105.

  JJ/WBGSP launches website in French and Spanish in addition to the current English version 
To further enhance its outreach efforts, the JJ/WBGSP updated its website, which now is presented in three languages: English, French, and Spanish.

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview

Scholars very much appreciate the Secretariat's new Discussion Forum on the web which has helped them to cope with the challenges of going back to school and studying in a foreign country. Many of them already participate in the three areas of discussion: (I) Community Building, (II) Capacity Building, and (III) Program Outreach.

I. Community Building
Scholars exerted a lot of effort, practically did the best they can, to achieve good results at the winter term examinations. In their messages submitted to the Discussion Forum they shared experiences they had during the last semester with other students and provided some advice to the prospective applicants:

To achieve the best results scholars have been recommended:

  • to be active in class, like chairing seminars, making presentations and contributing to class discussions. It makes you popular with the lecturers and other students. You also earn yourself lots of respect and recognition;
  • to make good use of every minute during your studies because
    time flies like there is no tomorrow!
    (Lillian Nsubuga);
  • to do courseworks as soon as they are assigned (Robert Ongodia);
  • to study in advance. Last moments are only for revision (Supriyo De)..

According to Zione Uka, time management is very important. Always plan your day, even the week in advance. Follow your plans, and you will realize you are always in time with your assignments

Never hesitate to approach the lecturers where you don't understand their subject. They are always willing to clarify issues.

Always work to the best of your capability. Before submitting work, ask yourself Is this the best I can do? If answer is no, go back to it, improve where you can. Make the best use of the resources available (e.g. library, the world wide web).

II. Capacity Building
It is hard to overestimate the importance of this issue which has become the most actively discussed by the people from various countries around the world. According to the participants of the Discussion Forum, the most important things are:

  • happiness as a driving force behind development (Baltazar Namwata, Komolafe Seye, Adaeze Anaenugwu);
  • need to improve the "openness". We need to be open to the world and to share what we have and to at least like each other leaving aside our differences (Samie Amidou, Adaeze Anaenugwu);
  • culture of the society as a factor for implementing development strategy (Amarebeh Alemu);
  • fighting illiteracy which endemically afflicts the so called
    underdeveloped countries today. An illiterate population cannot be
    positively responsive to any practical policy (Francis Kahiriita);
  • identification of the available resources will also create awareness and instill in people a development spirit (Monday Edigold, Martha Mwendafilumba, Milimo Ngululu);
  • outreach programs to make a direct contribution to the poverty reduction efforts (Hong-yi Chen).

The participants also expressed their concern about the major obstacles for the countries' development which have to be overcome, such as illiteracy (Milimo Ngululu), corruption (Emmanuel Adiku, Christopher Chilongo), brain drain (Henry Oburo), lack of enforcement of laws (Dzidzo Yirenya-Tawiah, Zafar Gondal, Martha Mwendafilumba).

III. Program Outreach
People from various developing countries expressed their ideas about the importance of:

For more Information, visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum.

   How many people visit JJ/WBGSP website?  
The JJ/WBGSP website has been popular. From October 1, 2002 through March 1, 2003 475,930 clients visited scholarships website (up to 6921 visits in the most active hour of the day, which means, approximately two clients every second). 144,102 number of requests to download pdf files from almost all countries were counted by web stats reports. 28,622 people visited/filled out on line Application Form.

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat would like to express gratitude to the active participants of the Discussion Forum, which now accepts messages, comments, and ideas from alumni, scholars and applicants in three languages. All of those messages are being studied and analyzed.

II. Partnership Universities
Partnership Programs
with eleven institutions of higher learning around the globe
Since its inception in 1987, the JJ/WBGSP has forged valuable partnerships with eleven institutions of higher learning around the globe. These programs enable the scholars to receive specialized graduate training in selected universities.

Since 1992, a number of Partnership Programs have been launched in universities in Canada, France, Japan and the United States. The Programs in Canada and France were transferred, in 1998, to four African universities located in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Uganda. The Partnership Programs span the globe and address a variety of development concerns. Scholars may pursue master's degree in themes related to economics and public policy, and management; infrastructure management; public finance and taxation policy; and public policy in international development. These programs combine academic rigor with specialized training in practical aspects of development policy making.

III. Scholars News

  J/WBGSP Regional Meetings Mission in Europe. Scholars' opinion about the Program's commitment to capacity building in the developing world
Between March 3rd-14th, Mr. Al-Mashat, JJ/WBGSP Scholarships Administrator, was on a mission to Europe - the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and France - for the Bi-Annual Regional Meetings with the JJ/WBGSP scholars and host institutions. Mr. Al-Mashat met with the JJ/WBGSP scholars studying at institutions of higher learning and university officials, professors, advisors, and staff working with international students in the three countries and discussed a wide range of issues. After the meeting some of the scholars sent messages to the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat, where they share impressions about the meeting and their views about the scholarships Program:

Dennis Moore, scholar from the University of Twente, the Netherlands:
"I was gratified to have met colleague scholars from other Universities as
well to listen to and engage in meaningful and open discussions on a
number of pertinent issues relating to scholarship activities.

I should also mention that informal talks conducted afterwards were indeed splendid. I hope those who were there enjoyed the occasion as much as I did."

Amgad Khundakji, Ministry of Agriculture, Jordan, on behalf of his country and himself wrote that he was thankful for the interesting meeting which JJ/WBGSP had in UNESCO-IHE, March 10/2003, in the Netherlands. He also wrote: " I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep thanks to the Government of Japan and the World Bank for their contribution in stability of sustainable development in our countries and to the human dimension issues facing the world. Furthermore, I am sure that the World Bank has the necessary scientific credibility and analytical experience with the support commitment of its countries members like Japan; it can truly rise to this challenge.
Nevertheless, thank you so much for great efforts to close the gap between the developed and the developing countries for more and more benefits of humanity".

Admira Onyenze: "This meeting was necessary because it brings J/JJ/WBGSP scholars together and in particular creating the opportunity to meet with JJ/WBSP officials. This event promoted interaction with scholars and officials which helped us to understand and appreciate the role the Japanese government is playing to promote capacity building element to developing countries especially Africa, moreover, it was due to the above social activity that made me to be aware of the sauce of funding of the scholarship program of the world bank and the fair and transparent way the candidates are selected from different countries. I am grateful to the Japanese government for this great contribution. This meeting was particularly useful because it helps scholars to interact with one and other and discussed burning issues and possible solutions. Academics was fully discussed amongst scholars and JJ/WBGSP officials who moves around the reception hall talking to each other, It was quite interesting, This was a remarkable day. Couple with that some useful web site that are relevant to our studies was made available to us.
This meeting is of great importance and I hope it will continue and that similar meetings will be arrange for scholars in other regions".

Scholars and host institutions in the three countries expressed their appreciation for the Program in terms of its commitment to capacity building and human resource development in the developing world.

Scholars consider themselves citizens of the world and international citizens who feel honored to receive the JJ/WBGSP scholarships.

Regional Distribution of Scholars
Over 60% of the scholars went to host universities in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom (28%); while a little under a third went to study in North America, especially the United States (27%). A small but growing number of scholars chose to go to host universities in Australia, New Zealand; and developing countries, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Program Effectiveness and Impact
Most scholars ( 85%) are either living and working in their home country or another developing country or employed by multilateral development agencies. All scholars who have returned to their home country have assumed job responsibilities equal to or greater than those that they had before they accepted the JJ/WBGSP scholarship. More than 40 percent are employed in primarily policy-making related positions. Roughly 60% have taken on greater responsibilities than before.

  Program Assistance for JJ/WBGSP Scholars in their Search for Employment
JJ/WBGSP scholars who are close to finish their academic program and who seek jobs in their home country or in other developing country are advised to send their CV's to the Secretariat. The Secretariat will post them on the JJ/WBGSP website, thereby making them available to companies, corporations and organizations working in developing countries that need well-qualified mid-career professionals.

  IV. Alumni News

The JJ/WBGSP is Publishing an Alumni Roster to Present their Credentials

Every month we have 110-115 thousands of visitors to our website and this number is growing. Professionals from different countries are interested to be in touch and to discuss their career and professional experience as well as their social issues. International corporations are looking for the specialists with good level of education and high professional skills in different areas for different regions.

The Program is planning to publish on the JJ/WBGSP website an alumni roster to present their credentials, professional experience, and educational background.

If you as WBISP alumnus are interested in having your CV published on the JJ/WBGSP website, please submit it to .You can submit one page of information (up to 2000 characters, including spaces), along with your photo, if available.

V. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

We encourage you to participate in the Discussion Forum on our main topics. Let us hear what YOU think about the the topics to be discussed:

Community BuildingCommunity Building
Capacity BuildingCapacity Building
Program OutreachProgram Outreach
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