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Gaining a Distinct Professional Advantage with Economics Expertise

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Bojosi Morule
MIEF ‘21
 
Q: What encouraged you to apply to Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF) program?
 
A: I applied to the MIEF program because I wanted a rigorous graduate training in economics, but I still wanted the degree to be fairly multidisciplinary. I knew that this program would have strong elements of finance and that, through Johns Hopkins SAIS more generally, I would be exposed to international affairs. Also, I had met several alumni who emphasized the tight-knit cohorts, great teaching and long-lasting networks as highlights of their own Johns Hopkins SAIS experience. In the end, applying was a no-brainer!
 
Q: What were you doing before attending Johns Hopkins SAIS?
 
A: I was an associate economist at the Economic Research Department of the South African Reserve Bank. My focus was on conducting research alongside senior economists on topics including external vulnerability, exchange rate dynamics, and bank capital buffer determination. I also on occasion took on tasks outside the strict purview of my regular role, including working on central bank communications and serving on several committees.
 
A: What extracurricular activities have you been involved with as a student at Johns Hopkins SAIS?
 
A: I am the research editor for MIEF’s International Finance and Economics Review (InFER). I am very excited to be leading the editorial process and shaping the narrative structure for the research section of InFER. Part of my role also involves working on the publication strategy alongside my editorial board colleagues.
 
Q: What is one thing you are enjoying most about your graduate school experience so far?
 
A: The quality of the teaching has stood out the most to me. It has been an exceptional experience to have so many professors who are not only accomplished academics and professionals, but also prioritize and enjoy teaching.
 
Q: What do you hope to do with your degree after you graduate?
 
A: I hope to continue my studies and further develop my skills as an economist by pursuing a doctoral degree in economics.
 
Q: How has the MIEF Scholarship helped support your graduate studies?
 
A: The MIEF Scholarship, which recognizes “outstanding academic and professional achievement” has made it easier for me to focus solely on my school work during the duration of the program. The recognition from Johns Hopkins SAIS has been tremendously affirming.

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