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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 1

(October 2002)
Welcome to the first issue of JJ/WBGSP News!
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGS Program activities.

I. JJ/WBGSP News
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JJ/WBGSP launches an updated website.

ArrowJJ/WBGSP is initiating a Discussion Forum to exchange opinions and views about study programs.
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Partnership Universities are invited to share their expectations from the Program scholars. The Program is also interested in information about universities orientation programs for new scholars and communication with university alumni associations. Welcome to participate in the JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!
Arrow JJ/WBGSP responds to increasing demands for Scholarships by offering 200 scholarships yearly. What do you need to know to participate in the competition?
ArrowApplication forms for 2003 selection cycle can be downloaded, requested in hard copies from the Secretariat or interested applicants can apply on-line.   

II. Scholars News
ArrowShare your students experience with JJ/WBGSP community
Arrow The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat is planning its regional meetings with the scholars.
Arrow Updates on the Employment Policy of the JJ/WBGSP Scholars. 

II. Alumni News
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Alumni are welcome to share their experience
ArrowJJ/WBGSP is publishing stories on contribution of alumni to the prosperity of their own country or another developing country

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I. JJ/WBGSP News

JJ/WBGSP Launches New Updated Website
The JJ/WBGSP is proud to present the updated website to reviewers, which features description of scholarships programs, both the JJ/WBGSP and the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Programs; a discussion forum where comments and ideas from alumni and scholars will be studied and analyzed; an annual report, and a newsletter. Your input into this website is highly appreciated.

Discussion Forum
The JJ/WBGSP is initiating a Discussion Forum as a platform for both scholars and alumni community to exchange their experiences and views about their study programs, their work responsibilities and how the scholarship helped them individually and institutionally. The Program is counting on each member of this community to participate and provide constructive feedback, including ideas and suggestions. This will help the Program in its operation for the years to come.

Partnership Universities
The JJ/WBGSP supports 11 Partnership Programs with universities around the world. These programs enable scholars to receive specialized training in key areas of development, such as economic policy management or infrastructure management. The Programs seek promising candidates from the public sector in developing countries, such as central banks and ministries of finance and planning. All Partnership Programs lead to a master's degree.

Partnership Universities are invited to share their expectations from the Program scholars. The Program is also interested in information about Universities orientation programs for new scholars and communication with University Alumni associations. Welcome to participate in the JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

Demand for Scholarships
In its 16th year of operation and services to developing countries, the JJ/WBGSP still receives huge demand from applicants throughout the developing world, the majority of applicants, almost 60% comes from Africa. This creates a high level of competition. The JJ/WBGSP tries to respond to demands of those who meet the eligibility criteria and those who are highly ranked by external reviewers. The Program now offers about 200 scholarships yearly in both Partnership and Regular Programs.

2003 Selection Cycle
Application forms for 2003 selection cycle are now available. They can be downloaded, requested in hard copies from the Secretariat or interested applicants can apply on-line. The deadline for applications with all required documents to reach the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat is March 31, 2003. Application package should include an admission letter to at least one University. Results of the selection are expected to be announced in July 2003.

II. Scholars News

Share your students experience with JJ/WBGSP community
The JJ/WBGSP is encouraging you as a scholar to send stories about your first days after joining the university programs: what kind of problems you are or were encountering, how did you manage to overcome them, what kind of help did you get from the University orientation programs (if there are any), students societies, friends, and how did it help you to adjust yourself to the new life (visit JJ/WBGSP
Discussion Forum for details...)

Regional Meetings
The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat is planning its regional meetings with the scholars in Europe, Japan and the USA. These meetings are of great importance for feedback from scholars as well as from universities and professors. This feedback is important as an avenue to develop the Program’s policy (The information will be posted later).

Updates on the Employment Policy of the JJ/WBGSP Scholars
All JJ/WBGSP scholars are not entitled to any type of employment at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for three years after the completion of their academic program. This restriction also applies to the field offices of both institutions.

III. Alumni News

JJ/WBGSP Alumni are welcome to share their experience
With its 2,491 awardees and alumni from more than 150 countries, the JJ/WBGSP has become the largest multilateral graduate degree program within the United Nations institutions. Some alumni hold high policy making decision positions in their countries, including ministerial ones. Others utilized their acquired knowledge and skills in another developing country while some work for multilateral development organizations after serving their countries.

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

The JJ/WBGSP is publishing stories on contributions of alumni to the prosperity of their own country or another developing country
It would be important for the Program and our audience to be aware of the the contribution of our former scholars to the resolution of the issues that developing countries are facing nowadays. As far as we know many of you exert a lot of effort to contribute to the prosperity of your own country or another developing country. Your success stories can help current and potential scholars to see and realize not only the value of the education that they can get with the help of the scholarship program, but also the value of sharing knowledge, experience, and getting support of the community (visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum for details...)

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I. If you have access to JJ/WBGSP scholarships website, please fill out the Registration Form.

II. I if you DO NOT have access to JJ/WBGSP scholarships website:

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For more information on any of these news items, send us an email:
jjwbgsp@worldbank.org

 

 

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