World Bank Chooses Brandeis as One of Eight Training Institutions in the US

March 15, 2007

The World Bank has selected Brandeis, specifically the Heller School, as one of eight universities in the United States, and one of only fifty-four in the world, approved as host institutions for World Bank Scholars pursuing graduate degrees. This distinction is for all Heller degree programs.

The bank has changed its policy from placing World Bank Scholars in any university throughout the world to restricting placement to a select few. In the United States, Brandeis is in the company of Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins Universities, the University of Chicago, and Williams College. The list of those overseas is likewise prestigious and can be seen at Heller’s Admissions Office.

In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (WBGSP) for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Each year, the program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities throughout member countries of the bank.

According to Laurence Simon, Associate Dean for Academic Planning at the Heller School and Director of Heller’s Sustainable International Development (SID) program, “We have had a productive relationship with the Bank dating from the time of SID’s founding. Since then we have received numerous World Bank Scholars thanks to the generosity of the Japanese government and the reputations of Heller and Brandeis.

“I am grateful to the faculty and staff for making the Heller School so special in the eyes of the World Bank and for creating such a warm and supportive environment for those who come such long distances in miles and courage to study here,” Simon added.

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