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Adam Chamunorwa Mupinda

Adam Chamunorwa Mupinda

11th Cohort (2015-2017), Zimbabwe

The credibility that a PEPP qualification affords and the skills it cultivates are certainly going to be key assets for my future career development and will give me an urge to become an economic change agent for my country and the region at large. Understanding the political economy at an international level and the social thought process, which is one of the thrusts of the PEPP program, is a major asset. The PEPP program curriculum is well designed and well acclaimed by alumni. It is an honour to be a World Bank Scholar in this program with so many distinguished professors. With the benevolence of the World Bank and the Japanese government, I also got the opportunity to be part of a study trip to Okinawa and of an invaluable “homestay” with a Japanese family, which served as an eye opener into the Japanese culture. The Japanese lessons in a friendly atmosphere were also invaluable. I sincerely hope more and more aspiring colleagues from developing countries will find their way to the University of Tsukuba and avail of this opportunity of a lifetime.

Och Dangaasuren

Och Dangaasuren

11th Cohort (2015-2017), Mongolia

I was very fortunate to achieve one of my lifetime goals – pursuing graduate studies here at the University of Tsukuba as a scholar of the PEPP program funded by the Asian Development Bank. I love the environment of Tsukuba, especially around the University, which is quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. As a PEPP scholar, you will gain vast new knowledge and experience through regular and intensive courses. You will hear from the professors with a lot of expertise in their research fields. Working with these professors provides you with a great opportunity to enhance your theoretical, empirical and cultural understandings. Apart from the course work, you will experience domestic study trips which will enhance your empirical skills. Also, you will meet students from all over the world, make friends, and learn from them. Sharing experiences with other students has been among my most memorable moments. The PEPP scholarship will be one of your best opportunities to obtain a graduate degree here in Japan and I urge you not to miss this great opportunity.

Carlos Mario Urtecho

Carlos Mario Urtecho

8th cohort (2009-2011), Nicaragua

It was a bright cold day in April 2009 when I started my graduate journey in Tsukuba. I was nervous and excited but my anxiety died out quickly after meeting our skillful program coordinators, my fellow scholars, and our exceptional instructors. The courses are challenging but you will have the opportunity to openly discuss different subjects in classes, forums and seminars, and hopefully, as it was my case, realize you have learned much more than you had expected to. Your advisers will provide you with guidance on any question you might have and their disposition to support you will by far outlast the length of the program itself. There is also time for leisure, making friends with the most fascinating people from around the world and getting to know the beautiful Japanese culture and its neighboring countries. がんばってください!(Good Luck in Japanese)

Debosree Banerjee

Debosree Banerjee

8th Cohort (2009-2011), India

I had a long term picture about my career but the Program in Economic and Public Policy Management at University of Tsukuba has helped to shape it. I find the best thing about the program is that it has two components. In the first year the students are required to go through a comprehensive course work and in the second they produce their own research output under the supervision of highly qualified and knowledgeable professors. This is definitely an opportunity for those who wish to pursue their career in research as the coursework component perfectly complements the research part and the students get training on how to do serious research. In addition, diverse range of facilities, like the huge supporting equipments, library access and the scholarship support from JJ/WBGS have developed a nice academic environment in the campus. Therefore, I highly recommend the aspiring students to apply for the program.

Xuan Wei

Xuan Wei

6th Cohort (2005-2007), China

Dear current students and prospective students, My name is Xuan, JJ/WBGS Program 6th cohort student. The two years I spent in Tsukuba under this program were really wonderful and lifetime influencing. The great thing of this program, as I recognized, is whatever prior background you have, or whatever career you are pursuing, you can always find a point matching your interests to this program. After two years, no matter which sector you are intended to work for, you are capable of conducting independent data analysis, and provide some policy suggestions. Professors here specializing in different fields are ready to help you go through this process. If you plan to go to a Ph.D program afterwards, training in this program will get you well prepared for any other Economics Ph.D program. So, there is no reason not to apply for this program. Then, work hard and you will get rewarded.

Eutycus Kariuki

Eutycus Kariuki

6th Cohort (2005-2007), Kenya

I highly recommend Tsukuba university and the World Bank programme for the superb environment and skills that are imparted. The campus has all the neccesary facilities you could ever need, coupled with top class instructors by any international standards. The international mix of the cohorts from around the continents all over the globe spices the rigorous routine of economics course work to make it fun, enjoyable and very stimulating. For anyone interested in learning and acquiring international exposure in academia, JJ/WBGSP of Tsukuba is perhaps one of the best places to get started.

Victor Perez Centeno

Victor Perez Centeno

4th Cohort (2001-2003), Peru

I just have words of inspiration and gratefulness when I remember my time in Tsukuba, one of the leading Universities in Japan. The synergies created with the World Bank made of their Master Programme in Policy Management and International Political Economy a top-notch opportunity for all of us who are committed to visionarily lead the destin of our countries. I only recommend this two-years full-time endeavour to extremely motivated and talented professionals ambicious enough to make the dream of a better world to come true.

Renato Aristides Orozco Pereira

Renato Aristides Orozco Pereira

6th Cohort (2005-2007), Brazil

What to say about life in Tsukuba? It is a small city with abundant life. Although most of the time you will be caged in your study room, trying to solve difficult equations or to polish a due paper, the city has many options for sport and cultural activity, not to say that it lies just 45 minutes from Tokyo, multiplying your options exponentially.Notwithstanding, the most memorable times I cherish in Tsukuba are those precious moments I spent with my friends. Here you will make friends from every corner of the world. It is an internationalized city, bringing the benefit from all the learning brought up by cultural diversification. If this was not enough, coming to Tsukuba will let you fully experience and appreciate the hospitality of Japanese culture through the always caring Japanese friends, colleagues and professors.

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