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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 10


(January 2006)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGSP activities.

I. JJ/WBGSP News
Arrow Profile of scholars in 2005
Arrow Scaling-Up Program: Meeting with alumni in Vietnam
Arrow Publication of abstracts of scholars' Master thesis of the Partnership Universities
Arrow JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview

II. Scholars News
Arrow Scholars' field trip at Yokohama National University
Arrow Scholar's experience at Brandeis University
Arrow Graduate scholarship in Climate and Society Program at Columbia University
Arrow Studies at the University of Michigan: Applied Economics Program
Arrow Internship experience: learn from research, from supervisor & from colleagues
Arrow JJ/WBGSP would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences
Arrow Program assists JJ/WBGSP scholars in their search for employment
Arrow The JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts on the scholars' Master thesis

III. Alumni News
Arrow "Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Award" by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for Crispino Simon Lobo from India
Arrow The JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials
Arrow The JJ/WBGSP publishes alumni abstracts of the current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience
Arrow Announcement for JJ/WBGSP alumni

IV. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!
V. If you need more information about scholarships and JJ/WBGS Program

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  I. JJ/WBGSP News

Profile of scholars in 2005

  • Over 60% of the scholars in the Regular Program came from humble and poor backgrounds, where the parents had education levels of high school or lower.
  • The majority of scholars (60%) studied economics, international development and public policy; followed by environment and natural resources (24.2%); public health (13.7 %); agriculture (4.2%), and population and rural development (3.2%). In many cases scholars are pursuing degrees in fields directly related to poverty reduction.
  • The regional distribution is:
    • Africa (36%)
    • East Asia (15%)
    • Eastern Europe – ECA (10%)
    • Latin America and Caribbean – LCR (16%)
    • Middle East and North Africa – MNA (7%)
    • South Asia (8%), and
    • Part I (8%)
  • Looking at where the scholars were applying:
    • 73.7% were admitted to European universities
    • 21% to North American Institutions
    • 1% to Asian Institutions,
    • 3.2% to African, Latin American and Middle East Institutions, and
    • 1.1% to Oceania
    5% of the total number of scholars were admitted to institutions in the developing world.
  • The distribution of the scholars among different types of employers was as follows:
    • Public sector (76%)
    • Private sector (9.5%)
    • NGOs (3%), and
    • Regional and international organization (11.5%)
  • About 40% of the scholars in the Regular Program were women, even though only 27% of the applicants were women for 2005.

See also Annual Report 2005 for more info.

Scaling-Up Program:
Meeting with alumni in Vietnam, December 11-15, 2005

To prepare for the forthcoming Scaling-Up Program regional conference in Hanoi, Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser for the Program, visited Vietnam from December 11–15, 2005. There are total 91 scholarship awarded to the applicants from Vietnam between 1987-2005, making the country the second largest home county of our alumnus in the region after China.

Two meetings were held with the Vietnamese alumni of JJ/WBGSP, in Ho Chi Minh City and in Hanoi. The meeting participants, who warmly welcomed Tsutomu's visit, showed keen interest in taking part in the scaling-up activities and also attending the Hanoi conference that would take place in May 2006.

In the meeting with Mr. Duc Phat Cao, a graduate of the scholarship program in 1995 and currently the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Vietnam, he expressed his appreciation for the Program and his interest and willingness to participate in the conference.

The Scaling-Up Program, together with the support of the active alumnus, has already started establishing and strengthening of the alumni network in Vietnam.

Publication of abstracts of scholars' Master thesis of the Partnership Universities

The Scaling-Up Program currently works in cooperation with the partnership universities to have the abstracts of scholars' Master thesis to be submitted and published on the JJ/WBGSP scholarships website.

The Program is accepting only the Master thesis with an abstract included or attached EITHER as a MS Word document OR a PDF file, with the entire document in ONE file. It is a great opportunity to have your research work presented to an international audience through JJ/WBGSP scholarships website. The Program encourages all of you to get involved in this activity.

The Program would like to present appreciation to those who already submitted abstracts of  their Master thesis which have been published on the JJ/WBGSP scholarships website.

Please send us your questions and/or comments regarding the Scaling-Up Program to: spscalingup@worldbank.org

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum:
Overview

JJ/WBGSP scholars and alumni as well as highly qualified mid-career professionals around the world were delighted to participate in the topics of the Discussion Forum on the web: (I) Community Building, (II) Capacity Building, and (III) Program Outreach

I. Community Building
The participants share their experience and consult potential applicants per their requests on different aspects of community related projects, promoting the exchange of global and local knowledge and helping clients apply knowledge to development challenges in their communities:

II. Capacity Building
The participants expressed their great appreciation to the global dfcapacity forum  which offers unique opportunity to exchange updated information on the economic reform and development issues and create a network of relations to promote policy changes.

Most of the discussions focused on:


III. Program Outreach
The participants shared their project experiences on:

JJ/WBGSP invites Program scholars, alumni, and other professionals to present their projects!

Please submit your information (no more than 1 page) to dfcapacity@lists.worldbank.org
For more Information, visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum.

  II. Scholars News

Scholars' field trip at Yokohama National University
by Professor Shinjiro Hagiwara (short version of the article published in the University Newsletter)

The field trip is one of the most important parts of the MPE Program in the International Graduate School of Social Sciences at Yokohama National University. The students have come from various developing countries and have a keen interest in knowing about Japanese society as well as the tax and customs system of Japan. It was decided to visit Hiroshima, Osaka and Kyoto this year. Twelve students and three professors made up this year's group.

We flew JAL 1605 and landed at Hiroshima Airport. After lunch, we caught the Setouchi bus to Mazda Museum. Mazda is a Japanese car maker and is famous for inventing the rotary engine. We were very excited because we could see not only new car models but also ride on them.

After seeing the MAZDA museum, we left for Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Peace Park. We visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Next day, we visited Hiroshima City hall and had a lecture about budget situation of Hiroshima city. Tatsuya Amano, Chief of Finance Department at the Finance Bureau of Hiroshima city was in charge of the lecture and some city government officials explained about revenue and expenditures. The Hiroshima City government officials answered each question asked by our students carefully and precisely.

We visited Mint Museum in Osaka. Japan Mint was established in Osaka in order to produce coins in the Meiji era by the Government. When we visited Japan Mint, they were producing five hundred yen nickel-brass coins. Next day we arrived at Shin-Yokohama Station. The field trip was successful.

Scholar's experience at Brandeis University, United States
Nergui Sandag from Mongolia,
MA in Sustainable International Development, Year of Graduation 2004

I would like to share with all of you my first year study experience in USA. I was doing MA in Sustainable International Development (SID) programme at Heller school of Social policy and management at Brandeis University, MA, USA.

SID programme is quite new and practical and designed specially for development workers. The main courses are focused on practical development subjects such as planning and implementation, evaluation, economics for social policy, microfinance, religion, and development. My general impression of the programme is very high, because I guess this is the only programme in USA, which is 100% designed for development workers. But as a former development worker I was trying to contribute my ideas to the disadvantaged side of the programme. Programme is growing, year by year developing new courses and quality of courses are improving. The most impressive thing is that students have a chance to exchange ideas and experience in development areas all over the world. Because 70-80% of students are coming from development field, there are international students from almost 40 developing countries and even most of the USA students have previous development work experience such as serving as a Piece Corps volunteer, or worked for International Development NGOs. Regarding the faculty members there are qualified professors, but in my personal opinion still lack of professors, who combined the development theoretical and practical experiences.

On campus life is great. There are very good facilities for students including libraries, gym, and cafes. The funny thing is within the first two months most of the international students had a problem to understand each other's English, because everybody has his/her own personal accent. When a professor talks everybody is able to understand, when international student gets involved in a classroom discussion, it was needed to listen very carefully to catch all of his/her ideas. When the second semester started, we had solved this problem and was laughing how it was complicated. Sometimes we did have a very hot discussion in some courses, because everybody had different experience and understanding of subjects like what is a development, what is a positive influence of religion on the development, etc. I enjoy reading dfcommunity discussions about development issues, even I had no chance to participate actively.

I would like to thank JJ/WBGSP for the contribution in preparation of development workers with academic background.

Graduate scholarship in Climate and Society Program at Columbia University, USA
Diriba Korecha Dadi from Ethiopia, National Meteorological Services Agency

I was offered graduate scholarship at Colombia University (school year 2004 - 2005) to pursue my study in Climate and Society program. As one of the students of the first batch of this program, I would like to inform you that my stay at Columbia University was very fruitful and extremely enjoyable. Perhaps, this course is designed to integrate various multidisciplinary sectors with that of climate resources in resolving the existing and anticipated social and economic calamities of the society. After accomplishing my one year study, I came back to my previous institution, i.e., National Meteorological Services Agency to share my experiences and more importantly serve my country with my utmost capacities.

I would like to gratefully acknowledge JJ/WBGSP for valuable support.

Studies at the University of Michigan, USA: Applied Economics Program
Mustafa Tugrul Vehbi from Turkey, MSc in Applied Economics, Year of Graduation 2005

I finished my graduate study at the University of Michigan's Applied Economics program in May 2005. I should say that I am impressed by the quality of education at the University as well as the outstanding facilities it provided throughout my education. The structure of the MA
program was very flexible which gave me the opportunity to concentrate mainly on subjects that I have greater interest. The program provided me many new skills and knowledge that I did not have before. I highly recommend the program to potential candidates who want to improve their
theoretical and practical training in economics.

I returned back to my home country and started working at my previous institution, the Turkish Treasury. Currently I am working as a Senior Economist who is responsible for forecasting macroeconomic variables of the Turkish economy. Since Turkey has been undergoing a major structural change, I have an important responsibility to contribute to this development by exercising my newly acquired knowledge.

I am grateful to the World Bank and the Japanese government who provided me the opportunity to pursue graduate study in Economics at such a prestigious university.

Internship experience: learn from research, from supervisor & from colleagues
Mamede, Paulo Cesar de Freitas, from Brazil, MIA in Economic Policy Management, Columbia University
, Year of Graduation 2005

My internship was found through the PEPM, which requested the resumes of all participants and circulated them within WB and IMF. I was contacted by both, WB and IMF, and I chose the IMF, as its mission is more aligned with Central Bank of Brazil, where I work.

My internship was at the Middle East and Central Asia Department and it was focused in research. My topic was recurring patterns of relative prices movements during high-inflation periods, which was very adequate to my research preferences.

It was a very pleasant experience to work at IMF and I could learn from the research, from the supervisor and from the colleagues. It was a great opportunity and wonderful international experience. I am very grateful and honored to be a JJ/WBGSP Scholar.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences

Most of the graduated scholars already returned to their home countries with their new knowledge and degrees. In order to follow up JJ/WBGS Program would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences:

  • Are you happy with the Program and your studies?
  • What are your impressions about your University?
  • What would you recommend to potential applicants?
  • How have you been received in your country?
  • Did you return to your previous organization?
  • Have you received a promotion?

Please describe.

To share your experience with JJ/WBGSP community, please submit your story to dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org

If you have any photos presenting your scholar's activities or your student's life, it will be appreciated if submit them to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org The best ones will be published on the scholarships website.

JJ/WBGSP assists its graduating scholars in their search for employment

The JJ/WBGSP shares the excitement of the graduating scholars, especially those who had to resign from their jobs in order to take the scholarships, about their future. In our attempt to support JJ/WBGSP graduating scholars, the program is posting their CVs on the JJ/WBGSP website.

These CVs represent an indicator of how much knowledge and expertise they have. It is also the way

  • to acknowledge each other
  • to establish a community of practice, and
  • to be able to exchange experience, ideas, and knowledge

JJ/WBGSP scholars who are close to finishing 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.

When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP scholars CVs that have been published on the scholarships website.

The JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master theses
To help disseminate knowledge internationally JJ/WBGSP is inviting J/WBGSP scholars to present the abstracts on their Master thesis (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line, ) to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org to have them published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

Along with the abstract you can submit your related publication as an attached .doc or .pdf file. You can alsoprovide a full reference to the bulletin where it was published.

You can submit the same abstract to  dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org to initiate the discussion of the subject with other members of the community. Your participation is highly appreciated!

III. Alumni News

"Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Award" by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for Crispino Simon Lobo from India, Master in Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard University, United States, Year of Graduation 2002

by Dr. Marcella D’Souza, WOTR Executive Director

We are pleased to inform that Crispino Lobo, Co-Founder, Managing Trustee and till recently Executive Director of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), India, was given the “Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Award” by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in the presence of the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on 29th Nov. 2005 during the India Business Summit held at New Delhi which was organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF of Davos fame) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials

As the World Bank focuses on building capacity in developing countries to carry out effective socioeconomic development, the JJ/WBGSP is an invaluable resource for building skills and imparting competencies. Training human resources for the developing world is a major contribution to the sustainable economic development of these countries and the key element for success in the fight against poverty.

In recognition of the contribution of the JJ/WBGSP alumni to the capacity building of the developing countries, the program decided to publish their profiles.

The objectives are:

  • to interact constructively with the alumni
  • to create an alumni community and to let members be better informed about each other, by drawing attention to their contributions to the development process in their countries, &
  • to provide an opportunity for people interested in learning about the Program in-depth by getting information from the former scholars

Every month we have over one hundred fifty thousand 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 specialists with good level of education and high professional skills in different areas for different regions.

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

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

When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP alumni CVs that have already been posted on the scholarships website.

The JJ/WBGSP publishes alumni abstracts of the current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience

To facilitate knowledge sharing JJ/WBGSP is inviting JJ/WBGSP alumni to present an abstract of the current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line) to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org to have it published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

If you have any photos presenting your activities when working at the project, you are welcome to submit them to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org The quality ones will be published on the scholarships website.

Along with the abstract you can submit your full article/publication as an attached .doc or .pdf file. You can also provide a full reference to the bulletin where it was published.

You can submit the same abstract to dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org to initiate the discussion of the subject with the other members of the community. Your participation is highly appreciated!

Announcement for JJ/WBGSP alumni

The Secretariat considers you essential to sustainable development and capacity enhancement in the developing world, and to the continued success of the JJ/WBGSP. We are proud of you and your achievements in enhancing development process in your country.

The Program continues its efforts to strengthen the community embodied by its alumni of development practitioners. In order to do so the Secretariat encourages you to update your contact information as it changes by sending an e-mail to the JJ/WBGSP at jjwbgsp@worldbank.org.

Graduated scholars whose CVs have been published on the scholarships website and who would like to keep them under Alumni Profile are encouraged to submit a revised version or send an e-mail to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org with the updated information (address, current employment, and other).

IV. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

We encourage you to participate in the Discussion Forum on our main topics.

Members of JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum have an opportunity

  • to participate in the on-line discussions
  • to facilitate the international exchange of information on the current theory, research, development, and practice
  • to enhance knowledge and professional skills through interaction with colleagues around the world
  • to gain professional recognition by exchanging experience, ideas, opinions, research results and providing support to the junior colleagues

Let us hear what YOU think about the the topics to be discussed:

Community BuildingCommunity Building
Capacity BuildingCapacity Building
Program OutreachProgram Outreach

V. If you need more information about scholarships  and JJ/WBGS Program please click on the link below:

The World Bank is committed to learning and capacity building as essential steps toward sustainable development and the eradication of poverty throughout the world. The World Bank Institute (WBI) supports the Bank’s learning and capacity building agenda through a variety of means, including the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP).

The JJ/WBGSP vividly demonstrates the Government of Japan’s continuing commitment to enhance capacity building in developing countries around the globe. Over the years, Japan has contributed close to $150 million to the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (renamed the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program in 1995 to reflect Japan’s central role).

To maximize the Program’s impact, the JJ/WBGSP has set up 11 Partnership Programs with universities in the United States, Japan and Africa which provide graduate study programs tailored to regional concerns. These partner universities bring the latest development techniques to policy-makers and other development professionals in their regions.


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