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Student Kazunari Suzaki

MSc Finance (Economic Policy)

I started taking the MSc Finance programme while I was seconded to the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka and also in the Maldives, as an Economic Officer. Understanding economies of developing countries and how the international organisations, bilateral donors, and aid agencies are involved in the process of economic development requires specialist knowledge in economic policy as well as development. Luckily I became aware that SOAS provides a degree that matches my interests … and is one of the best institutions in the world when it comes to development studies.

The programme was very challenging … Even so, it was worth pursuing because I could actually feel the benefit of studying. The programme has been truly rewarding and has certainly developed my expertise and enhanced my potential.

It was an incredible opportunity to learn economic policies of developing countries while actually applying what I have learned from the programme to my day-to-day work. The knowledge I gained from the study has developed my expertise and also enabled me to contribute to the discussions with my counterparts such as Finance Ministry officials, central bankers, international organisations, and private sector economists. The programme was not merely teaching economic theories but it was filled with intriguing up-to-date issues to be applied and discussed in actual situations which have made my work more exciting and fulfilling.