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Decoda Martin

MSc Economics and Finance for Development

Decoda Martin
  • From Jamaica
  • Awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Took study leave from the Bank of Jamaica

How would you introduce yourself?

I am currently working in the field of prudential regulation with the Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica’s central bank.

I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and study leave in order to pursue my studies at the University of Bradford.

How did you come to study at BCID?

I wanted international exposure, something that I consider very valuable in the increasingly globalised world.

I was interested in a program that could build upon my previous academic background in Finance while strengthening my knowledge in another academic discipline (Economics).

I was particularly impressed with the programme offered by the University of Bradford, through BCID, as it not only fulfils this requirement but it tackles this area with particular focus on equipping students with the tools for challenging development issues.

What have been the best aspects of your experience?

I have been particularly pleased with my academic experience thus far.

I found the module content engaging and relevant, and was impressed with the keen interest in the student’s development each module coordinator demonstrated.

I must, however, say that my best experiences lay with learning from the experiences my colleagues shared.

Whether through sharing home country practices, policies or previous experiences in their career, a significant portion of the knowledge gained from this programme was gained from interacting with my colleagues from various countries and backgrounds.

This experience forms a valuable and integral part of one’s personal and professional development, and can only be achieved through studying with a university, such as this one, which boasts a truly international body of students.

How does this programme relate to your own career goals?

My ultimate aim is to contribute to the Regulatory policy framework in Jamaica.

The MSc in Economics and Finance for Development program was extremely relevant to my career goals.

With its inherent focus on fostering development, it has enhanced my four-year experience in the field of finance by effectively equipping me with the tools to make a meaning contribution in this area.

Based on your experience would you recommend this programme to others?

Based on my experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending this programme to others.

May 2014