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Md. Tajul Islam

MSc Economics and Finance for Development

Md. Tajul Islam
  • From Bangladesh
  • Civil Servant studying with a Bangladesh Government scholarship

How would you introduce yourself?

I am Md. Tajul Islam, a civil servant of the Government of Bangladesh.

I did my undergraduate and postgraduate in Social Welfare from the University of Dhaka with distinct credit (stood 1st class 1st in both level). Then I joined as a lecturer in a public university of Bangladesh located in Dhaka.

In November 2008, I joined in the civil service and worked in different capacities of government system for five years before coming to Bradford in September 2013.

I am here to pursue another postgraduate programme 'MSc in Economics and Finance for Development' with a Bangladesh Government scholarship. 

How do you find your programme so far?

In a word, my programme is highly demanding and truly prestigious.

It provides technical and specialised knowledge related to economics and finance.

However, it should provide a fundamental module in the 1st semester for better understanding of the technical issues of the programme. 

What have been the best aspects of your experience so far?

I have been enjoying the life of Bradford.

It is a lovely city with its panoramic hilly treasures.

Here living costs are not high compared with other cities of the UK and the District Council runs a free bus for the city dwellers.

However, the best experience I gathered here is the BCID annual development lecture delivered by famous Cambridge Professor Ha-Joon Chang on 26 February 2014.

I also enjoyed different informal gatherings of BCID that enable the participant to come close to the faculties.
 
How does this programme relate to your own career goals?

Since I am a civil servant, in future, I have ample opportunity to  work in specialised ministries like Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Industry and then I will be able to apply the technical and specialised  knowledge on economics and finance acquired from my programme.

Again, the research standard of BCID is world class and I hope it will help me to pursue my PhD in future.

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

Definitely.

I have already suggested my known other civil servants as well as other potential postgraduate pursuants to come to BCID and to have world class learning experiences.

March 2014