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Mr. Zoellick meets with JJ/WBGSP Scholars at Harvard

On Thursday April 3, 2008 Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank made an appearance at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School.

The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum is one of the world's premier arenas for political speech, discussion and debate. Located at the heart of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Forum regularly hosts heads of state; leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media; academics; community organizers; and artists.

On this occasion, the MPA/ID program which has a partnership with the JJ/WBGSP organized a gathering for our scholars with Mr. Zoellick and also invited Mr. Yoichi Suzuki, Consul of Japan in Boston.


Mr. Zoellik meets at Harvard Kennedy School with JJ/WBGSP Scholars

Mr. Zoellik meets at Harvard Kennedy School with JJ/WBGSP Scholars

 Mr. Zoellick and Mr. Yoichi Suzuki are meeting with JJ/WBGSP Scholars.

Mr. Zoellick graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government with the degree Master of Public Policy (MPP) in 1981 and Harvard Law School with Doctor of Laws degree (JD - Latín Jurum Doctor) in 1975.

The JJ/WBGSP collaboration with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (HKS) started in 1987, when HKS admitted the first group of scholars. Since then, a total of 204 World Bank scholars have earned Master’s or PhD degrees in public administration and public policy. The scholars came from all regions, and most have returned to their home countries to take leadership roles in government, including at the ministerial level, e.g., Mr. Cao, Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, and Mr. Alzhan Braliev, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan.

This collaboration deepened in 1999, when the JJ/WBGSP provided support to the Kennedy School to develop the Master’s of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), a career program focused on leadership in international development. To date this program has graduated 610 students more than half of whom (58%) have been nationals from developing countries, almost a third of which - 108 in all - received a Joint Japan/World Bank Group Scholarship.

JJ/WBGS Program is open to the universities all over the world. Scholars awarded scholarships received their training and graduated degree from more than 150 Universities in more than 30 countries. Since the inception of the Program, the Government of Japan has provided about 186 million dollars to the Scholarship Program. Now in its 21st year, the Program has awarded 3,754 scholarships, selected from a pool of about 60,000 applicants. The Program's objective is to help create an international community of highly trained professionals working in the field of economic and social development.

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