Fordham Notes: IPED Students Study Emerging Economies at the Source

Friday, August 19, 2011

IPED Students Study Emerging Economies at the Source

For the fourth consecutive year, Fordham University students are in South Africa studying with students from the University of Pretoria (U of P) through a joint venture with Fordham’s International Political Economy and Development (IPED) program on emerging markets.

The students are working with South African and American business, government and labor leaders to learn about monetary and fiscal policies and to explore issues of economic partnership between the nations. So far, students have participated in briefings with political advisors at the U.S. Embassy and with top economists at the South African Reserve Bank (pictured above). They will be visiting the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as well.

During the first couple of weeks of August, student research terms worked at U of P analyzing data to determine prospects for future U.S. equity investment in South Africa. This year the students were joined by students from several other nations, including Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.

The summer session is part of an exchange agreement that was completed in 2008-09 between Fordham’s IPED and the U of P, in which students from each university do summer study abroad.

In June, Fordham hosted a contingent of South African students for a five-week study at the Rose Hill campus.

Fordham's IPED program is internationally recognized for its excellence: graduates of the program, which was founded in 1979, consistently obtain prestigious awards ranging from Fulbrights to US Presidential Management Fellowships.

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