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Admission to PhD : A Former Student of ASE On The Road To Notre Dame, U.S.

Samson M’boueke is among the competitive class of Pre-Doctoral Fellows this year at the African School of Economics and has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of Notre Dame, U.S.

He joined ASE in 2016, after his Bachelor’s degree in Statistics in April 2013 at the École Nationale d’Économie Appliquée et de Management (ENEAM) of the University of Abomey-Calavi. Samson interned at Banque Régionale de Solidarité – Bénin (now Orabank Benin), after which he served as the National Director for Global Community Development Programs at Aiesec in Benin – the Benin member committee of the global youth-led organization known as Aiesec. These experiences allowed him to secure his first full-time job as Assistant Coordinator in the Department of Business Administration & Economics at Houdegbe North American University Benin (HNAUB) in January 2015. He joined ASE in August of 2016 to study Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics.

His admission comes as the culmination of a fruitful two and a half year academic journey at the African School of Economics (ASE), whose rigorous quantitative training and pre-doctoral program were strong factors in his success. He received through advanced courses in mathematical economics, statistics, and econometrics, and exposure to the nuts and bolts of doing research.

In addition, M’boueke speaks to having had the opportunity to experience teaching and being  admitted to the year-long pre-doctoral program, stating that his experience at ASE was rewarding in important respects, including, and prominently, the ability to do research. The opportunity to work with professors on a number of research projects, including a project on centralizing economic and geographic data and joint research papers helped him to acquire valuable knowledge in terms of economic modeling and handling data and codes. He also was able to participate in five different research conferences that introduced him to the world of economic research and increased his dedication to a career in the field.

The PhD program at Notre Dame perfectly matches Samson’s academic goals and career aspirations in many ways. Firstly, Notre Dame’s economics department has faculty members with specialities in two of his main areas of interest, namely Macroeconomics and International Economics. Furthermore, there is a guaranteed postdoctoral program for economics students who complete their doctoral program within 5 years and the department has a history of successful placements for its graduated students. M’Boueke’s long-term goal is to pursue a career as an economics professor and researcher, capable of designing concrete and testable solutions to the economic challenges facing the African continent, while also contributing to the advancement of economic research in the world.