Nov 10, 2009
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, a Field Study Presentation Session of research findings was held by the nineteen students from the Asia Pacific Studies program of the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University who visited the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, from August 26 to September 3, 2009. During their stay they met and learnt from development practitioners engaged in the various development programs including microfinance, human resource development, the Asian bond market, and public-private partnerships.
Started in 2008, this innovative program, championed by APS Professor TSUKADA Shunso, brings APU students to the frontlines of social development work by visiting major multi-lateral organizations. "While working in international organizations is a popular career goal among APU students, actually visiting the major development organizations clarifies in the minds of aspiring APU graduates what the work entails, how to better prepare for it, and, most importantly, developing role models from among the seasoned staff they interact with during the visit," explains Professor TSUKADA, whose students last year visited the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
GANBAATAR, Enkhjargal (APS, Mongolia) shared her comments on her research findings and training, "This field study confirmed my interest pursuing development work after I graduate APU. The ADB people I met showed that while full commitment and competence are necessary in order to be effective in development work, at the end of the day it is knowing that you have been able to help those in need that makes it all worth while".