Breaking News – Rhodes University student selected for highly competitive training program


Claire McCann

By Nwabisa Moyo

Economics MA student Claire McCann was recently selected as one of thirty students to attend a highly competitive and fully-funded economics training program.

The African Program on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) lasts two weeks and includes lectures and seminars by leading African and international economists. It aims to build participants’ capacities in economics and economic policy-making. This course addresses the most important development aspects for African countries by providing an in-depth understanding of development issues at work. Through her participation in the program, McCann will receive intensive, high-level training and interact with some of the world’s top development economists. Critical topics such as structural change, industrial policy, rural poverty, inequality and financialization will be covered in the program.

As someone dedicated to the idea of ​​economics, policymaking, academics and civil society activism, McCann is delighted to have been selected as one of the program participants this year. Her hopes for this course lie in gaining a deeper understanding of development economics and learning from the ideas and experiences of her peers who, like her, come from developing countries in need of original thinkers. . Although this course will provide him with valuable academic knowledge, McCann hopes to use this opportunity to help people in his community and society at large. She says, “Often we leave economics and industrial policy to the ‘experts’, and I think in doing so we overlook the voices and ideas of many talented people. My aim is to make learning from this opportunity accessible to my Hope this will open up a space to think about strategies for change in our own contexts and ways to advocate for the industrial policy that we believe will be the more beneficial for ordinary people in South Africa.

Shortly after completing the APORDE program, McCann will travel to Oxford University to complete his Master of Science in Development Economics on a Rhodes Scholarship. As much as she is excited to learn at a prestigious university like Oxford, she is eager to learn from people whose backgrounds are different from her own and to make new friends in her new surroundings.

While at Oxford University, McCann hopes to gain many new experiences. She says: “I hope to make deep connections, broaden my understanding of the world and eat many scones! I hope my time at Oxford will be one of the immense learnings from my teachers, supervisors and peers and that when I come back to South Africa, I can use this knowledge to help create a more fair and equitable economy.”

This will not be the end of her academic journey, as she plans to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in International Development. With great minds like his, the country has a bright future.


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