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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 17

(January 2008)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGSP activities.

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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 $186 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).

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I. JJ/WBGSP Events 
ArrowScaling-Up Program: Lunch seminar for JJ/WBGSP scholars, August 29, 2007
ArrowScaling-Up Conference for JJ/WBGSP Scholars, November 12, 2007, Washington, D.C.

ArrowSynopsis of the selection process of Regular Program in 2007
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Applications for 2008
ArrowRSM Applications for 2008

ArrowMeeting with JJ/WBGSP scholars and PEPM administration at Columbia University on September 14, 2007
ArrowVisit to Emory University, September 30 - October 2, 2007
ArrowVisit to Japan and Indonesia, November 16 - December 1, 2007
ArrowJJ/WBGSP mission to the Kennedy School of Government (KSG)
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview
ArrowParticipate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

III. Scholars News
ArrowJJ/WBGSP - University of Tsukuba, Policy Management Program
ArrowTax Treaty Negotiation Intensive Training Course at National Tax College, Japan
ArrowJJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master/Ph.D. thesis
ArrowJJ/WBGSP assists its graduating scholars in their search for employment

IV. Alumni News
ArrowMy recent stay in Japan as a Visiting Researcher at Yokohama National University
ArrowAlumni experiences and achievements
ArrowJJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials

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I. JJ/WBGSP Events

Scaling-Up Program: Lunch seminar for JJ/WBGSP scholars, August 29, 2007

The Scaling-Up Program held a lunch seminar, inviting the JJ/WBGSP scholars who were interning at various international organizations located in Washington. All are from the Masters Program in Economic Policy Management, PEPM, Columbia University. There were twenty people attended the seminar, including scholars, members of the Steering Committee, and the staff of the Secretariat. The occasion gave the participants to meet and discuss their studies and internships, as well as their future plans after completing their degrees under the JJ/WBGSP.

The seminar was opened by Mr. Rakesh Nangia, Acting Vice President of WBI, welcoming all the participants. Mr. Nangia described how the Scaling-Up Program has been creating a “community of practice” by engaging both scholars and alumni in various activities. He also introduced a short training course the Program plans to organize in Japan in the coming years, where selected scholars will be invited to Japan to participate in a week course that includes interactive seminars and site visits. The main purpose of this course is to allow scholars to learn from Japan’s experience of its own economic development.

The participants took full advantage of this face-to-face meeting to share thoughts on various development topics in relation to the scholars’ internships and to discuss about the JJ/WBGSP.

Two scholars’ remarks are as follows:

“Prior to enrolling at Columbia University, I have had ten years of experience working with both private sector and public sector. My latest position was Assistant Director, Department of Fiscal Policy, at General Treasury of Sri Lanka.

My internship assignment with the World Bank was to analyze the exchange rate data to find an appropriate exchange rate regime for the Cape Verde and also to predict how a new regime may affect their nominal exchange rate, real exchange rate, inflation and their competitiveness. My assignment was directly contributing to economic policy management of Cape Verde, and was directly supported by my knowledge acquired at the PEPM program. My internship definitely provided me with such an opportunity to put what I learned at PEPM program into practice in the real world.

As I have come to an end with PEPM and returning to my country to resume my duties for the betterment of my country, I will always remember the kind, generous support and the contribution of people of Japan, Government of Japan and the JJ/WBGSP. Without JJ/WBGSP I would not have gotten this wonderful opportunity and the network I gained. It was indeed beyond my dreams, and I’m very grateful from the bottom of my heart.”
Ishani Jeewika Abeyratne, Sri Lanka

“Before commencing my study at Columbia University I worked over thirteen years at the Central Bank Sudan.

My summer intern was for Financial Sector Development, Africa Regional Department of the World Bank. I have participated in preparing a report on the implementation of the microfinance and currency projects for Sudan, and also a report for the Sudanese New United Currency Project.

My academic learning at Columbia and internship experience with the World Bank equipped me with knowledge and skills to work with economic reforms and structural adjustment, in the areas such as macroeconomic stability, efficient product and factors market, human resource development, and combating corruption and misuse of resources. I hope to do something through applying and sharing what I have learned under the JJ/WBGSP to provide and participate in any assistance for my people in Sudan, where the majority of its population are living under the poverty line.

To this end, I would like to express my profound sincere gratitude and appreciation to the government of Japan, the World Bank, and Columbia University for providing me with this great opportunity.”
Hamid Gibreel Alnour, Sudan  

Mr. Masato Kanda, Alternate Executive Director of Japan, emphasized the importance of human capital in development. Mr. Kanda said that capacity development has been one of the top priorities of Japan’s development assistance, as was in its own experience where human capital played the key role during its economic development period. He also encouraged the scholars to take and work hard on their opportunities and challenges under the JJ/WBGSP.

Scaling-Up Conference for JJ/WBGSP Scholars, November 12, 2007, Washington, D.C.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) held a one-day conference on November 12, 2007 at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose of the conference was to provide the JJ/WBGSP scholars who are currently pursuing their degree on the East Coast with the opportunity to interact with and actively learn from development practitioners of the World Bank.

Presentations on current development issues such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Good Governance, Financial Crises, Knowledge Economy, and Human Capacity Building in Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) Policy were given by World Bank representatives, officials from Government of Japan, and a University professor.

“I really appreciate that the JJ/WBGSP organized such a wonderful conference. All of the topics are interesting and related to what I study. I hope this event can be a platform to let us know more about this program, about people, and share our information and ideas to benefit our future, our countries and the world, because I believe some of us will become future leaders. Therefore the more communication, the more understanding, and we will make this world a better place for everyone”, says Ms. Na Feng from China, Columbia University.

The conference was opened by Mr. Rakesh Nangia, Acting Vice President of the World Bank Institute (WBI), who warmly welcomed the participants. “The year 2007 marks the 20th year of the JJ/WBGSP and I am happy to say that this program has been accredited across the board as one of the most effective investments in human capital in developing countries”, says Mr. Nangia.

The conference was part of various activities carried out by the JJ/WBGSP’s Scaling-Up Program. The Scaling-Up Program was launched in 2005 with the objectives of better leveraging the new knowledge generated by the scholars and to foster a networked JJ/WBGSP community. Through its various scaling-up activities, the program has been essentially working to build a development community of practice to help fight poverty. This one-day conference was a new initiative for current scholars, whereas in the past, the focus was mainly on the alumni of the program.

Mr. Toru Shikibu, the Executive Director of Japan to the World Bank, in his opening remarks explained that Japan, between 1953 and 1966, borrowed 860 million dollars from the Bank and had once been the Bank’s second largest borrower. “Through our own development experience we believe that human capacity building and education play a very big role in the economic development and modernization of Japan. With this, in 1987, we initiated the JJ/WBGSP to foster high caliber human resources for the developing countries.” Mr. Shikubu also appreciated all the scholars who made significant contributions to development at all levels in their home countries.

In the morning sessions, active discussions on core development issues included:

The afternoon session focused on learning from Japan’s development experience, where presentations were made on Japan, Moving Toward More Advanced Knowledge Economy by Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, WBI (ppt., 419 KB), which gave an inspiration to many, covering the four pillars of the knowledge economy – An economic and institutional regime, an educated and skilled population, an efficient innovation system, and Information and Communication Technologies.

Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Minister of Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Japan, gave a presentation on Human Capacity Building in Japanese ODA Policies (ppt., 28 KB), which he ended with two quotes, one by Ho Chi Minh: “Let us grow trees for prosperity 10 years from now; let us nurture people for prosperity 100 years from now,” and another by Mr. Kitano himself “Human Capital Building is a cross-cutting key factor for development.”

The sessions were also connected by video conferencing to Yaounde, Cameroon, and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, where the scholars and professors from Université De Cocody and Université De Yaoundé II, partner universities of the JJ/WBGSP, actively participated in the discussions. Many of them were very keen on asking questions as to how the experience of Japan and other East Asian countries could be applied to Africa, and also what might be the factors that cause the disparity of progress in efforts in achieving MDGs.

This event did not only provide learning opportunities but also facilitated a platform for building a network among the scholars and beyond. A new initiative that has been planned by the Scaling-Up Program – Study Tour for Future Leaders, was introduced which aims to further facilitate life-long exchange of knowledge and experience, inform scholars about Japan’s experience, and help create ties among the countries.


Synopsis of the selection process of Regular Program in 2007

The JJ/WBGSP received 2,158 applications for the year 2007, which come from over 111 countries. All applications with full information on the candidates were entered into the JJWBGSP database. 1,457 from 96 countries fully met the eligibility criteria. This step is done by the JJWBGSP Secretariat.

A total of 701 applicants (32% of all applicants) were ineligible after preliminary screening (Screen 1). The reasons of ineligibility are specified below:

Reasons for ineligibilityNo. of applicants
Background 203

Insufficient/part-time/non relevant work experience

No proof of employment
Not holding a bachelor degree or equivalent
No relevant documents/transcripts to support degree or diploma
Already enrolled in a master’s program
Host University 290

No letter of official admission to a host university


Needed deferral of admission to a host university


Conditional letters of admission to a host university


Admission to a non-host university

Field of Study (Not supported by JJ/WBGSP)



Proposing an LLM or an MBA


Proposing undergraduate, non-degree, distance learning


Applying for a Ph.D.


Applying to study in home country

Age (Born before 3/31/62) 17
Living/Studying in Part I Country19

Part I National & Dual citizenship

Incomplete application71

Screen 2: The second screening, consisting of the rating of the 1,457 eligible candidates, was performed by six external reviewers. The grading of candidates is based on three major factors: (a) quality of educational background; (b) professional experience; and (c) relevance of study program. Of the total of 1,457 eligible candidates 1,023 received the minimum score required for consideration in the final screening.

Screen 3: The list of 1,023 pre-finalist applicants was arranged in descending order for each country based on the candidate’s score. The finalists were selected from the top candidates of each country and giving priority to:

  • Promising candidates coming from public sector
  • Female candidates

While only about 26% of the total of eligible applicants were females; their share amongst the finalist is 45%. It is important to note that more than 31.7% of the 120 finalists come from families with parents who have primary or no education and more than 63 % from families with parents who only have a high school level education or less.

The larger part of finalists (44.2%) comes from Africa Region which is also the origin of the majority of applicants (69.7%). It is followed by East Asia (17.5%) and South Asia (12.5%). In addition, 77.5% of finalists serve in the public sector in their countries, 13.3% work for NGOs and 3.3% work for Regional/International organizations. It is also important to note that 85 finalists (71%) come from LICUS, Focus, and Priority countries. This emphasis shows how the Program is supporting both capacity-building and human resources development in the neediest countries. It is also a strong indicator of how the program is aligning its activities with the World Bank’s priority countries.

The program continues to draw applicants from different fields of development studies. External reviewers were instructed to give more weight to those who are admitted to programs related to MDGs. Below is the distribution of the fields of study for the 120 finalists:

Public Policy/International Dev.






Environment/Natural Resources



Public Health



Urban/Regional Planning






Other Fields



Rural Development









It might be also useful to indicate that most of the 120 finalists are admitted to universities in Europe (64%) and North America (22%), and that English is the first language of instruction (64%) followed by French (32%). About 7% of the finalists are going to study in universities in Japan.

JJ/WBGSP Applications for 2008

Through its management of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) WBI supplements its training programs by providing opportunities for graduate study to promising professionals from developing member countries. Respective candidates are recommended to review the eligibility criteria.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line through the Scholarships website. Application forms for the 2008 selection cycle of the regular JJ/WBGSP can also be downloaded as pdf files from the Program website. Please note that only admissions in institutions listed in the website under Universities to Study in 2008-2009 will be considered. The application together with ALL supporting documentation must be received by Secretariat at the World Bank Headquarters by the deadline of March 31, 2008.

RSM Applications for 2008

Starting 2008, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM Fellowships) will provide support to lecturers/researchers from developing countries working on their doctoral thesis.

Applicants are encouraged to read carefully the information on RSM Fellowships Program, review the eligibility criteria and Application Procedures
. Respective candidates have to apply directly to the Secretariat at the World Bank Headquarters. To be considered for the 2008 cycle, all completed application forms must be received in Washington, DC, by March 31, 2008. The awards will be announced in June 2008.

Meeting with JJ/WBGSP scholars and PEPM administration at Columbia University on September 14, 2007

On September 14, 2007, Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator, and Marie des Neiges Grossas, Program Officer, visited Columbia University and met with Guillermo Calvo, the new Director of the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM), his team, and the new group of JJ/WBGSP scholars.

The mission met with the group of 11 JJ/WBGSP scholars who started the PEPM in July 2007 as well as three more scholars studying in other programs at Columbia. All of them expressed their gratitude to the Government of Japan who is funding their studies and their thanks to the Bank for having selected them. The scholars confirmed the relevance and quality of the training provided by the PEPM. The discussion was focused on respective learning objectives, future professional plans, and internship possibilities.

Visit to Emory University, September 30 - October 2, 2007

Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, World Bank Institute, traveled to Atlanta, GA, from September 30 to October 2 to visit Emory University. The objective was to give a presentation on " Japan: Moving toward more advanced Knowledge Economy" at the seminar held at the university. Emory University, NY office of the Japan Foundation, (for which Mr. Okubo, former Japanese ED works in TOKYO) and a Japanese NGO, Center for Professional Exchange sponsored this event.

The opening and closing remarks were made by Dr. Santa J. Ono, a provost of Emory. After Mr. Shibata's presentation comments were made by Prof. Mark Raviva, Director, East Asia Study of Emory University, and Mr. Tom Oku, Chief Representative in Washington, D.C. of Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank. An active Q & A session was followed. Mr. Ogawa. General Consulate of Japan to Atlanta was also present. The total audience was about 50. After that a reception was held.

The Japan Foundation and Center for Professional Exchange were happy with the result and would like to hold a similar event at North Carolina University some months later.

JJ/WBGSP mission to the Kennedy School of Government (KSG)

On November 7, 2007, a bank team including Ruth Kagia, Sector Director HDNED and member of the JJ/WBGSP steering committee, Karin Millett, Director WBI, Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator, WBISP and Marie des Neiges Grossas, Program Officer, WBISP, went to Boston to participate in the review panel of the JJ/WBGSP/MPA-ID partnership program with the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), that took place on November 8.

All 14 sponsored scholars from 1st and 2nd year attended the meeting. Each introduced themselves, talked about their backgrounds, current studies and future plans. The panel was impressed by the motivation of the scholars. Overall, there was a great satisfaction on the content of the courses, the quality of the faculty and the special events offered such as the "speakers' series" where famous policy-makers and politicians are invited to make presentations. Second year students elaborated on their summer internships and the policy papers they are working on. They consider that the Program is equipping them with the skills necessary to understand complex economic policy issues and how to address them.

The presentations of the MPA/ID faculty emphasized how the program is rigorous, economics-centered, multidisciplinary, geared to train development practitioners for success. Through the rigorous curriculum, students develop the tools to become leading development analysts and practitioners in international development.

Larry Summers, former Harvard University President, made appreciative remarks on the role of the Bank and expressed his gratitude and his plead for the continuation of the financial support of international students in the MPA/ID program.

Committee members were also invited to attend a class on "Management in Development" and were pleased to see students very actively involved in discussing a case study.

Visit to Japan and Indonesia, November 16 - December 1, 2007

Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, World Bank Institute, traveled to Japan and Indonesia from November 16 to December 1, 2007.

The primary objective is to prepare for a regional conference of JJ/WBGSP to be held in Jakarta in April/May 2008. As we held similar conferences in Vietnam and other places, we intend to exchange the development knowledge including one produced by our scholars and create a network among development stakeholders including alumni of our scholarship, the Bank and Japanese embassy.

Towards the end, he visited the Bank country office, Japanese Embassy, JICA, some alumni of our scholarship program, some relevant ministries and possible venues of the conference. Then, he visited University of Indonesia to seek for a possibility to tie up with Japanese partnership universities. Mr. Shibata also met officials of MOF, Ministry of Education to discuss scholarship related issues.

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum:

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 shared 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, project experience, and development issues.
Most of the discussions focused on:

III. Program Outreach
The participants shared their project experience and thoughts

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 topics to be discussed:

Community BuildingCommunity Building
Capacity BuildingCapacity Building
Program OutreachProgram Outreach

III. Scholars News

To help JJ/WBGSP potential applicants to choose University to study the Program is publishing impressions of our former scholars about the program they attended, education they received, and their student's life. We hope this information will be also interesting to our broader audience.

JJ/WBGSP - University of Tsukuba, Policy Management Program
Marco Antonio Quadros , from Brazil, Year of Graduation 2007

The reason why I am writing you is to thank the World Bank for the great opportunity that was granted to me. I was very lucky to participate in the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program at the University of Tsukuba.

Looking back, I feel that my life has been totally enriched by this experience, and the expectations of what the program has awarded me have left me speechless. I come from and was raised in a city located at the countryside of the State of Bahia, in the northeast region of Brazil. This region is famous for its low development level, high illiteracy rate and elevated concentration of poverty. I have not only studied about poverty but I have felt it very close to me on a personal note.

Fortunately, my father, a middle class farm owner, always encouraged me to pursue my studies very seriously. Due to him and the support of my family I was able to attend and graduate with honors from my university. During my studies I was already working part time and during my last year of college I was recruited as a trainee of an international consulting firm.

Two years ago I was a middle career executive that was looking for a chance to improve my skills and in someway, wanting to contribute to my community. I ended my search when I was selected to the JJ/WBGSP. This program provided me excellent academic training, classes with high qualified professors, support with my academic research and the chance to participate in seminars and congresses with well-known economists. Additionally, the JJ/WBGSP committee at the University of Tsukuba gave me all support I needed and made me feel very comfortable in my new home in Japan. I am extremely grateful to all of them.

I believe that the program made me a better person. Living in Japan in a totally different culture from the one I know and together with the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world has expanded my horizons and made me realize how connected we all are. I learned the value of hard work, persistence and humbleness.

Now, back to my country I hope I can apply the knowledge and experience that I learned in order to contribute to my community. Therefore, once again, thank you for everything and giving me the opportunity in changing my life. I hope I can repay this unforgettable experience in the future.

Tax Treaty Negotiation Intensive Training Course at National Tax College
Lee, Valeriy Alexandrovich, from Uzbekistan, Year of Graduation 2008  

An intensive course on tax treaty negotiation was held as a part of the National Tax College practicum for Public Policy and Taxation program scholars from Yokohama National University, GRIPS, Keio University, and Hitotsubashi University. The purpose of the course was to provide participants with knowledge on international taxation matters, particularly international tax treaty elaboration and negotiation. On March 5, we arrived at the Wako Campus of the National Tax College, where we spent one week kindly hosted by the NTC dormitory during our intensive course.

The whole course was taught by Fumihiro Komamiya, Law School professor, Niigata University. Professor Komamiya, who used to work at the International Tax Division of the Tax Bureau, Ministry of Finance of Japan, was directly involved in the process of tax treaty negotiations.

His classes were particularly interesting and useful because they not only included theoretical backgrounds of international taxation but also comprised numerous examples from real negotiations sessions, elucidating some practical challenges and pitfalls of the process. Since every participant represented his or her country, it was a great chance for all to become more familiar with certain aspects of domestic taxation of respective countries during discussions in class.

The course was really intensive. Therefore, our hosts did everything for organizing our recreation as well. We enjoyed attending Japanese drum performance by NTC trainees, watching movies, singing karaoke and playing sports with our professors and classmates.

We were involved in simulation of real negotiation process and we felt deeply how important and how tough is this job of negotiating tax treaties -- how to keep the balance when you have your own country’s economic interests behind you and at the same time you need to promote international economic cooperation with various nations.

JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master/Ph.D. thesis

To help disseminate knowledge internationally JJ/WBGS Program together with the Scaling-Up Program are inviting current and former JJ/WBGSP scholars from Regular and Partnership Universities to present the Abstracts on their Master/Ph.D. thesis to to have them published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

The Programs are accepting only the Master/Ph.D. 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/Ph.D. thesis which have been published on the JJ/WBGSP 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.

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.

IV. Alumni News

My Recent Stay in Japan as a Visiting Researcher at Yokohama National University
Yam Nath Sharma from Nepal, Year of Graduation 2000

I was in Japan from November 15 - February 11, 2007 as a Visiting Researcher at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of Yokohama National University (YNU). This was my first visit to Japan for a long stay after returning to Nepal from Japan upon completion of my Public Policy and Taxation course from YNU in 2000. During my recent stay, I did research on remittances and household expenditures in education.

In addition to my research, I did a number of presentations during my stay. I presented my research plan and findings to my research coordinator Prof. Yuichi Hasebe and others in the Faculty of Economics at YNU. I did a couple of presentations to the students of Public Policy and Taxation Master Program in English on subjects like Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP) process in Nepal and elsewhere, and migration, remittances and poverty reduction in Nepal. Similarly, I presented my paper to faculties at Kyoto and Kobe University.

My stay in Japan proved to be very much successful in many ways. I worked out a paper which I am still working in order to formalize it. I could also learn STATA, an econometric software. I feel more comfortable to handle the software and manipulate complex survey data using STATA which I want to use further my research.

I could also expand professional relationship with scholars in my area of research. Similarly, I could renew my friendship with my Japanese and other friends. I believe that I could add value in my knowledge of Japanese language. I could also reaffirm my appreciation towards Japanese people not least in terms of their work habits and politeness. Many people who never had the opportunity to go to Japan keep on asking me how Japan could succeed in becoming one of the richest countries. My straightforward answer would be ‘hard work and hard work’.

Alumni experiences and achievements
Sicat, Iluminada Tapiru, Program in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University, Year of Graduation 1995

The JJ/WBGSP widened my latitude of understanding the working of macroeconomics. The scholarship afforded me the opportunity to be educated in one of the best universities in the US (Columbia University) and by the best professors who are experts in the field of economics. My graduate degree not only helped me in terms of academic advancement but also opened vast opportunities for my professional career.

Dhungel, Subhash, Program in Transportation Planning at University of Massachusetts, Year of Graduation 2000

The higher degree I received from JJ/WBGSP was very productive for me career-wise. In Nepal, few civil engineers specialize in Traffic Engineering and even from amongst these individuals, nearly everyone practice other field of civil-engineering. However, due to rapid urbanization and traffic-growth, demand for traffic-engineers is acute whenever large projects are implemented. I have therefore been able to fill this void and my job-prospects has increased tremendously within Nepal. I have also been able to contribute to the area of road-safety following specialization funded by JJ/WBGSP. JJ/WBGSP also made it possible for me to obtain a master's degree from US, which, enjoys great recognition worldwide including Nepal.

Mei, Hong, Program in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University, Year of Graduation 2000

First, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the chance and scholarship to study in Columbia University. I benefited a lot by participating in the PEPM in Columbia University in the City of New York in 1999-2000. PEPM not only provided me with professional knowledge, management skills, but also enhanced capacity to work under heavy pressure and limited time. The World Bank/Japan Graduate Scholarship enables me to receive high quality and intensive training on fiscal, financial policies and management skills in the famous Columbia University, which I cannot financially afford without the financial support from the scholarship.

I have published 3 books/research reports after completion of the PEPM.

1. Fiscal Risk Management: International Experiences and New Conceptions: a collection of academic papers by the World Bank, IMF experts as well as well-known fiscal and financial experts. Sole translator from English to Chinese and the Chinese version is published as World Bank (with WB logo) publication in June 2003.

2. Recommendations on Human Resource Development Strategy for Civil Servants in Western China co-authored with a Canadian expert, published both in English and Chinese by the Asian Development Bank in December 2005.

3. China’s Budget System and the Financing Education and Health Services for China co-author with a Chinese expert. Drafted this research book in both English and Chinese. Published by the United Nations Children’s Fund in November 2006.

I like the development work, especially for contributing to providing equal access to basic public and social service to poor people and vulnerable people also benefit from merits of economic development in China.

The World Bank/Japan Graduate Scholarship provided me a chance to realize my dream and hope to help poor people.

I hope this program continue to grow and expand, thus more poor people from the developing countries can have enhanced capacity and skills to help more poor people and have multiplier effect on poverty reduction and equalized social service.

Weerakkody, Ghanasiri, Program in Ruminant Animal & Forage Science at University of Reading, Year of Graduation 2001

I completed MSc in Dairy Animal Science degree with a distinction in 2001 from the University of Reading in United Kingdom. I was able to achieve significant knowledge and skills on Dairy Animal Science. During the two year study period, I was exposed to various academic activities on Dairy Husbandry, Dairy Technology, Dairy Microbiology, Advance Animal Nutrition, Forage production, Forage Evaluation, Animal Experimentation and Risk assessments modules. These academic activities immensely enhanced a wider scientific knowledge and skills on above subjects. In addition, I was able to achieve significant knowledge and skills on presentation, communication, language, etc.

With the newly acquired knowledge and training that I gained through above degree course, I was able to change the management techniques of the University Livestock Research & Training Farm (ULRTF) very effectively and efficiently during the first two years after my studies. This improved the production standards of the livestock units as well as the welfare of the farm staff. In addition, I was able to reform farm development programs, training courses, methods of training, research activities, extension programs and teaching materials. From these reforms, I was able to hand over newly acquired knowledge for the wide range of trainees visiting to the ULRTF. Furthermore, I promoted the involvement of many research groups to work closely with the ULRTF and get the best use of the farm resources. Now I work as the Lecturer in Dairy animal science and the Consultant for farm practice and farm development program in newly established Sabaragamuwa university. I use quite effectively the knowledge and skills acquired through my studies and the experience gained by working in order to perform my teaching, training, research and extension activities of the present job. Apart from these, I engage in consultancy and advisory activities to the other similar farms in the country and becoming a well known resource person and a contributor to the development of Dairy industry in Sri Lanka.

Tofail, Fahmida, Program in Mother and Child Health at University College London, Year of Graduation 2006

Being a physician as we as a researcher, I have to deal with both patient care and research-work. My research is focused on child development- an important new area to address for optimal growth of children as a future generation. Child development is multi factorial in nature and is influenced by factors like - maternal health, nutrition, poverty, morbidity, immunity, environmental pollution etc. Not much has been done on ‘child development’ in our country. It is because of JJ/WBGSP I became able to acquire advanced knowledge in this area. I also became able to start my MPhil program with JJ/WBGSP funds, later on that has been converted to MPhil leading to PhD program by managing additional financial support from ICDDR, B (for additional tuition fees and living costs) and DFID (for research part). This exposure made a unique opportunity for me to learn more about my relevant areas from world-class scientists of different well-reputed universities. My acquired knowledge highly enriched my knowledge base and boosted-up my self-esteem. Now I am confident in handling and conducting even large community based researchers. I learned the skill of analyzing, interpreting and disseminating research findings.

Currently I am working as an active member of Child Development Unit of ICDDR, B (Center for Health and Population Research, Bangladesh) and involved with four ongoing community based research works beside my clinical tasks. Research of our team is focusing on MDG Goal 1,2, and 4. We have also contributed to Governments Early Child Development (ECD) program with our research findings. We are also doing collaborative works with different national and international organizations and institutes. Finally I am grateful to JJ/WBGSP for opening an avenue for me to work in this very important area which is still in it’s infancy and has impact on the nation’s social and economical framework.

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.
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 . 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.

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