【Summer School】MY IMPRESSIONS ON THE 4TH NSE SUMMER SCHOOL
MY IMPRESSIONS ON THE 4TH NSE SUMMER SCHOOL
THE TRIP AND LOGISTICS:First of all, I thought the NSE Summer School was very well organized. From the accommodation at the hotel to the meals we ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything was well prepared and of high quality. The foods were very diverse and I had the opportunity to taste various Chinese dishes. I also appreciated the leadership and support we got from the group leaders. My group’s leader, Fei Fan, was especially welcoming and knowledgeable.
There is no doubt that the presentations I witnessed at the NSE Summer School impressed me like no others had before. I found the presentations very accurate in explaining the current state of Africa, my continent. Presenters like Justin Yifu Lin, Celestin Monga, Gene Grossman, Yong Wang and many others were convincing in their different explanations of world issues, especially in Africa, almost all employing the NSE approach.
THE TRIP TO Hejian:
This trip showed me the real life application of NSE. Overall, the trip itself was very well structured. It demonstrated that we can apply NSE not only at the country level but at the county and municipal level to boost growth from the bottom up. I believe a similar approach can be employed in our country. Thanks to the governor of Hejian for his humility and warm welcome.
THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURE:
I really appreciated the variety of cultural experiences at the NSE Summer School. I learned a lot from people who had attended the summer school from a variety of different countries. The opportunity to hear about and discuss economic issues that were happening in the rest of the world expanded my horizons and I made many new friends.
I would like to give a warm and sincere “thank you” to the amazing team at the CNSE. I appreciate and am very grateful for the hospitality I have received. I’m sure I will always remember it. Thanks to Professor Justin Yifu Lin for having this brilliant idea which is already making great changes in modern economics in countries like Ethiopia. I am particularly pleased that the president of my county Benin, Patrice Talon, has joined the NSE movement to boost development in Africa by soliciting the expertise of the CNSE. Even though I am not yet an NSE expert, I strongly support Patrice Talon’s decision and encourage other African governments to do the same. Furthermore, I urge every professional and researcher around the world to learn about the NSE so as to discover how convincing it is by themselves. Thanks to all the Summer School participants for positively impacting me so much in just a week. I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Thanks to the African School of Economics and my professors, namely David Gbaguidi and Rachidi Kotchoni, who trusted and recommended me to participate in this program. You were right, it was very worth it!
Simplice S. ADJISSE is Research Assistant at the African School of Economics and scholarship winner of the 4th New Structural Economics Summer School.