Namawu Alhassan Alolo

PhD International Development (2006)

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"The combination of distinguished faculty, innovative research, diverse student body and a global network of distinguished alumni was, indeed, a major attraction to the University of Birmingham."

Who are you currently working for and what is your job title?

Senior Social Sector Specialist, African Development Bank.

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

The knowledge and skills gained from the International Development Department (IDD) prepared me for the challenges in the work environment.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

I enjoy developing policies for the African Development Bank.

Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?

The combination of distinguished faculty, innovative research, diverse student body and a global network of distinguished alumni was, indeed, a major attraction to the University of Birmingham.

What are your fondest memories of the University?

The quality of supervision I received during my PhD was priceless. This, coupled with the availability of current academic publications and a litany of archives, makes Birmingham a great place to study.

How did you grow as a person by coming to University?

Birmingham University honed my skills to be able to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to advancing public policy.

What did you think of the learning experience within the University?

The research skills I gained through my study at Birmingham are invaluable.

Did you find the degree programme at Birmingham challenging or easy?

It was challenging, but made easy by an excellent supervisor.

Did you find the University or your degree helpful to you in getting your first job?

My degree was helpful in finding my first job.

What advice would you give to current students studying on your degree programme?

Take advantage of the courses offered in public policy and also pay particular attention to research and statistical analysis.