Norbert Kpadonou: "ASE forges a winner's mentality in students".
A former ASE student speaks readily of his alma mater and professional development, and recalls his education at ASE with enthusiasm.
Norbert Kpadonou joined the IERPE Master's program in Public Economics and Applied Statistics in 2009, following a maîtrise in economics at the University of Abomey-Calavi. Even before his Master’s defense in January 2012, he had begun working at the Institute for Research for Development (IRD) in partnership with the Center for Population Education and Research Population (CEFORP/UAC). There, he held the post of statistician-economist, and was a program research assistant beginning in February 2011. In 2014, Norbert joined the Center for Demographic Research at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where he is currently preparing a doctoral thesis in demography. His research focuses on the mediation of economic and professional roles in West African cities including Cotonou, Lomé and Ouagadougou. This topic is a continuation of the master’s thesis he defended at ASE on fertility and employment accessibility for women in Cotonou.
In sum, Norbert Kpadonou is interested in questions of gender issues in the workplace, work-life balance, education and health.
What did he retain of his stay as a student at ASE?
"I was particularly impressed by the work atmosphere and the good friendship between students during and even after my training. I also stress the quality of the professors and the richness of the program that goes beyond knowledge. ASE forges a winner’s mentality in students."
Seminar on Benin's Bilateral Trade
Academic research seminars take place every week at the African School of Economics. The one on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 took place with a special touch.
For the first time, one of ASE’s pre-doctoral fellows, Simplice Adjisse, presented an academic research seminar for students. His presentation focused on Benin’s bilateral trade patterns and potential. Mr. Adjisse's research concludes that Benin underexploits its commercial potential. The researcher urged policymakers to take decisions to bridge this gap. ASE students who participated in the conference appreciated the work of Mr. Adjisse. "Thanks to his work, I have become aware of the analytical skills that I can acquire at the end of my training at ASE," said Apollos Djogbnou, a first-year MMES (Master in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics) student.
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African School of Economics Announces Launch of the Institute of Finance and Management
The African School of Economics (ASE) is pleased to announce the launch of the Institute of Finance and Management (IFM). This pioneering research center aims to promote financial and private sector development in Africa by building and exchanging knowledge on financial services and market access among academia, business leaders and governments.
The goal of IFM is to leverage ASE’s expertise in finance and economics and its knowledge of the local context to pursue four major initiatives to promote the access and use of financial services in Africa. These initiatives are:
- An advanced academic research program on pertinent issues such as money and banking, financial regulation, financial inclusion, household finance, market access, management, and organizational economics.
- Consulting and technical support services for local and international businesses and government institutions.
- Training for students and local business leaders aimed at building a sense of strategic business development and planning in the local community, including tailored workshops for students in ASE’s MBA and PhD programs and executive education programs for local business leaders.
- The development and promotion of digital financial and management solutions in collaboration with ASE’s Development Research Lab.
Given the importance of finance to economic development and poverty reduction, the IFM hopes to promote finance, management, and marketing as central components of economic research in Africa, become a leader in management and quantitative market research for firms and governments hoping to develop Africa’s private sector, and build the capacity of local business leaders to implement smart business plans and effectively utilize financial services.
Spotlight on 2016 economic year in Benin
On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, ASE students learned about economic growth in Benin in 2016. The weekly academic seminar featured Singbo Delphin Watchinou, a Beninese economist, expert in project management and civil servant in the Forecasting and Economics Directorate of the Ministry of Economics and Finance.
Economic growth at the global level, which has declined from 2015 to 2016 according to the International Monetary Fund, provided the context for Watchinou’s discussion of economic changes affecting Benin’s public finances in 2016. Consumption, inflation, income – Watchinou provided an overview of all the parameters that affected the national economy during the year.
Mentoring Ceremony at ASE: A breeding ground for integration
According to the ASE administration, the students' success also depends on good relations between them. One of the tools to strengthen these relationships is mentoring. The first edition of the Mentoring Ceremony, was led by the Communications Department of the Pan-African University.
The atmosphere was friendly on February 6th on the campus of the African School of Economics. The goal of this ceremony is very simple: to match newcomers from ASE’s January intake of students with new mentors. These mentors, who are already students at ASE, will facilitate their integration through advice, attentive listening, and good camaraderie. Communications Manager, Wilfried Gnanvi, in his opening speech encouraged the students to maintain a good atmosphere within ASE, whose student body is made up of nearly a dozen nationalities. He also announced an Integration Day that will involve initiatives designed to enable the various nationalities within the African School of Economics to know each other better and to accept one another. About thirty students took part in this ceremony, most of them new to ASE; a number of the peer mentors were participating in fieldwork for IERPE research and could not attend. The names of their mentees will be communicated to them by e-mail by the communications team, represented at the ceremony by Philile Shongwe and Wilfried Gnanvi. Student delegate, Lewis Atta and MMES representative, Christelle Zozoungbo participated in the organization of the ceremony. The students appreciated the initiative and are looking forward to Integration Day.