New Development Economics MSc research placement opportunity in Bangladesh

We launch an exciting new dimension to our Development Economics MSc: enabling students to take advantage of research expertise on economic development in South Asia and the two way exchange of students.

Students on Kent’s MSc in Development Economics now have the opportunity to undertake a research placement in Bangladesh as part of their degree. This follows the signing of an agreement with Brac University (BracU), which is based in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. The placement, which will also include co-supervision of the MSc dissertation, will give students exceptional access to primary data and academic experts in the field of development economics in Bangladesh.

BracU is widely considered to be among the top private universities in Bangladesh in terms of academic excellence and prestige. It is linked to the BRAC organisation, an international development organisation based in Bangladesh. BRAC is now one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating not only in Bangladesh but also in ten other countries in Africa and Asia.

Building on BRAC’s experience of seeking solutions to challenges posed by extreme poverty, BracU is committed to instilling in its students a commitment to working towards national development and progress.

The School of Economics is delighted to be working in collaboration with Brac University to offer such a valuable experience to students Dr. Andrey Launov, Director of Graduate Studies told us;

‘The MSc in Development Economics at Kent is a rigorous course that provides a modern approach to understanding the process of economic development. Its curriculum combines classical economics schools of thought with novel research in development bordering political science, sociology and psychology.’

The partnership with BracU will offer an exciting new dimension.

‘Students on the MSc in Development Economics will be able to simultaneously take advantage of research expertise on economic development in South Asia offered by Kent’s Development Economics Research Centre,’ Dr.Zaki Wahhaj, Co-Director of the Development Economics Research Centre at Kent told us, ‘as well as exposure to an international development NGO that has been at the forefront of innovations in international development practice during the last four decades.’

‘The programme also gives students of from Bangladesh the opportunity to conduct research on development issues within their own country while receiving training in rigorous research methods, and exposure to the latest research on the subject, at a leading research university in the UK.’

Information about Kent’s MSc in Development Economics and other postgraduate courses here.

Read about the 2020 Memorandum of Understanding agreement between Kent and North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh here.