Wilfried Youmbi Fotso is the fourth ASE student admitted to prestigious universities for doctoral studies after completing a Master's degree at the African School of Economics (ASE). Three ASE graduates had recently been admitted to Princeton University, New York University and the University of Illinois in the United States. With Wilfried’s acceptance, the University of Ottawa has been added to the list.

Wilfried, 26, is a Cameroonian and recent graduate of the Master's program in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (MMES) at the African School of Economics (ASE).Wilfried received his undergraduate studies at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon before joining ASE in 2014. "In this pan-African school founded by Professor Leonard Wantchékon, who I thank by the way, I received a unique and unusual training in economic theory and quantitative methods with the necessary analytical rigor," he said.

Mr. Fotso also said that his ultimate goal was to contribute to sustainable development and the emergence of Africa in general and Cameroon in particular. He says he chose ASE to better equip himself and give himself the chance to pursue his doctoral studies at major universities such as the University of Ottawa in North America. This dream was accomplished with his admission to the Ottawa-Carleton Graduate School of Economics.

What he remembers from his transition to ASE: "It's a good place to study and develop research capacities and leadership."

Marcellin Brou explaining ARCH method

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, the African School of Economics welcomed Mr Marcellin Brou for its weekly academic seminar. Marcellin Brou is a visiting professor from the university Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Côte d’Ivoire, where he teaches Econometrics. The paper that he presented is about financial econometrics, the consistency of the pseudo-maximum likelihood estimation. At the beginning, he presented the tools and methods used in financial econometrics such as the ARCH method, and spoke about the assumptions made when using this method The presentation was very entertaining and garnered much interest from the dozens of students who attended.


Marcellin Brou explaining ARCH theory

Discussion with David Gbaguidi

On 8th March 2017, a doctoral seminar was held for PhD students to learn more about the research areas of the professors at ASE. During his presentation, Prof. David Gbagidi talked about his research interests and about his ongoing research. The presentation lasted for about 10 to 15 minutes, after which he responded to questions from students and other professors present. Audience members were interested in how Prof. Gbaguidi would secure funds for his current research and brought to light the need to bring on board some of the students who can learn a lot from his research. In total there were 7 people at the seminar: three students and four professors including the Dean, Fr. Claude Domfang. The duration for the seminar was one hour.

The board

26-year-old Beninese student, Patrice Mahounan Yedomiffi has been accepted to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patrice obtained his Master’s degree in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (MMES) on December 2016 from the African School of Economics (ASE), a Pan-African university based in Benin.

I applied to the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because it is one of the best departments in the world for Development Economics”, says Patrice. He adds, “I owe this admission to the ASE, which through its training has given me a strong theoretical and practical background in Economics, both elements that have played a role in my acceptance to my dream university. Also, studying at ASE gave me the opportunity to perfect my English which has opened up more doors for me in the world”.

Whilst at ASE, Patrice has worked on various projects conducted by the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE), one of the research centers hosted by ASE. Some of these projects were related to local elections, local governance and currently Mathematics education in Beninese high-schools. Currently, he is working as a research assistant for a Youth Employment project born out of a partnership between ASE and the World Bank.


The conference aims to promote exchange and build capacity among researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners in order to produce credible evaluative evidence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. As an associate member of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), ASE will be sending one of its students to the conference in Uganda to act as a volunteer translator.

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