The Development Studies programme at LSE is very interdisciplinary, multi-cultural and pragmatic. It allows meaningful conversation between different disciplines – among economists, anthropologists, political scientists, and even those in the hard sciences. Most importantly, the programme highlights the link between theory and practice. Development theory, poverty, local politics, rural development, and development assistance, among others, are ably captured by the programme and are taught by experts in the field, and there is also a great richness of academic activities outside the classroom – especially the guest lectures, forums and debates that LSE holds or sponsors. I have never worked in such a multi-cultural environment before. My travels in the past have taught me that there is so much to learn from other cultures. I looked into LSE's enrolment statistics and saw the promise of learning not only in a multi-disciplinary but also a multi-cultural environment. Also, studying here is both a convenient and exciting experience – convenient in the sense that all materials for an effective and efficient academic experience are within reach, and exciting because this academic experience is set against a backdrop of arts, music and history. The fellowship I received from the Ford Foundation requires me to serve my country after I graduate. I will go back to the university where I teach and continue to serve its Centre for Local Governance.
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