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International Development & Policy Panel for Admits - Shared screen with speaker view
Siddhartha Jain
26:41
I was sad to see the environment and development fields clubbed into one this year as they were the two fields that I was set on. I now have to take environment + development as one field and pick another which means studying a couple of courses at the cost of something that would be more aligned with my academic and career goals. Is there any way around this?
Dayoung Lee
29:02
Thank you for the session. I am very happy to join the Fletcher this fall. My only concern for MALD is that since the MALD curriculum looks quite general, I may not be able to focus on environmental policy, which is the area that I’m passionate about. Is there a way to pursue a specialized track on environmental policy through MALD?
Eric D. Smith
29:45
Professors are very supportive of petitions if you want to make a field!
Siddhartha Jain
29:59
Excellent. Thank you so much! I’m interested in climate change adaptation for developing countries and that’s why this combination in particular.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
30:27
https://fletcher.tufts.edu/academics/courses/fields-study/international-development-environmental-policy
Gaurav Sharma
32:59
Prof Aker, could you please talk a bit about Hitachi projects (tech oriented Social innovation in field). How students get involved in these projects?
Dayoung Lee
33:21
Thank you, Prof. Gallagher! :)
Kelly Sims Gallagher
34:28
@Siddhartha - I am confident that this can be accommodated.
Siddhartha Jain
35:00
Thanks very much Prof. Gallagher.
Mikia Carter
35:34
Are there any specific focus on climate smart/affordable housing through this field of study or the research centers at Fletcher?
Connor Moynihan
36:04
Thank you for the session! Can anyone speak to the study/research/internship opportunities abroad?
Eleanor.McDonald
36:34
It seems as if majority of this panel works in government, civic organizations, or research. Do any Fletcher alum who study development go into the private sector like consulting? And to other cities outside of Boston?
Alba Loureiro
36:48
As someone interested in transitioning from international development within MALD to economics at the doctoral level, what suggestions do you have to make the most out of this field?
Kelly Sims Gallagher
38:41
@Mikia, we do talk about the building sector in the Climate Change Policy course, but it’s a fairly light touch treatment. You can also cross-register into the Urban and Environmental Policy program and I believe they have courses on housing: https://as.tufts.edu/uep/
Siddhartha Jain
40:08
For someone with very little knowledge of economics does it make more sense to study up before I get to fletcher and then take the Econ equivalence exam or to take the intro to economics course at Fletcher to make sure my basics are thorough but possibly at the cost of a course more related to my field of interest
Kelly Sims Gallagher
41:14
@Mikia, I see a course on Housing Policy, Public Health and the Built Environment, Green Urban Design. . . and more
Siddhartha Jain
41:22
How strongly does development in general and the development courses at Fletcher overlap with climate resilience and adaptation?
Eric D. Smith
42:01
@Connor, International opportunities have been constrained with the pandemic-but here’s a description of the exchange programs
Mikia Carter
42:17
Thank you Dean Gallagher. This is great to know. Have students cross registered at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the past? Are there opportunities to do so?
Eric D. Smith
42:28
And will just add, lots of people have secured international internships
Kelly Sims Gallagher
42:40
@Mikia, you can cross register into any graduate school at Harvard
Mikia Carter
43:06
Thank you.
Mikia Carter
46:57
Has there been any Fletcher graduates who have taken an entrepreneurial trek in the energy and environment space?
Eleanor.McDonald
47:20
Thank you so much!
Kelly Sims Gallagher
48:52
@Connor, normally *most* students go overseas during their summer between the first and second years either to do research, an internship, or language study. Students also like to do “treks” during the spring break.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
49:14
Obviously, travel has been restricted due to COVID, but it’s already loosening.
Alba Loureiro
50:05
These are fantastic suggestions! Thank you Claire.
Connor Moynihan
50:12
Thanks Professor Gallagher!
Kelly Sims Gallagher
54:14
@Mikia, yes, we have quite a few students who have gone into clean tech or become entrepreneurs themselves. About a third of our graduates are going into private sector. Here is a great website that illustrates some of the careers with actual examples: https://sites.tufts.edu/cierp/alumni-careers/
Nakul Sangolli
54:20
I am transitioning to the clean energy sector from my prior experience in the Education sector. I am keen to use my Dual Degree in MBA and MALD to deploy financing for clean energy transitions in developed markets.-- Do you advise picking any one energy source? and market?-- What finance-based skill electives would you recommend - like project financing, risk management etc.?Please let me know if I could connect to any alumni who have made similar career transitions.
Claire N Walsh
58:39
@Mikia @Eleanor, re private sector I have at least 5 close friends & fletcher classmates who went into clean tech/clean energy investing. MIB degree and even just taking MIB courses as a MALD are top notch (I did International Business Relations as a 3rd field). Prof Jacque's finance and international finance classes were some of the best courses I've ever taken
Kelly Sims Gallagher
59:05
The new professor of adaptation is Erin Coughlan de Perez @ Friedman
Mikia Carter
01:00:36
Thank you so much Dean Gallagher and Claire
Eleanor.McDonald
01:00:56
Yes, thank you very much! Appreciate the insight.
Nakul Sangolli
01:02:00
Thank you Prof Gallagher and Prof Aker for sharing your recommendations! Really looking forward to start soon!
Kelly Sims Gallagher
01:03:41
Here is the CIERP events list: https://sites.tufts.edu/cierp/events/
Emily D
01:05:10
For events like the one with Dr. Goodall, are there opportunities for students to virtually (or in future, in person) do small-group meetings with the speaker before/after?
Kelly Sims Gallagher
01:05:15
Most of us bring in guest speakers in our classes as appropriate to help introduce different perspectives as well as practitioners real-world experiences
Kelly Sims Gallagher
01:05:37
Emily, yes! In fact you can sign up for the Jane Goodall event virtually.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
01:05:50
She is doing a private event with some current students
Emily D
01:05:58
I am, thanks! :) She’s my hero.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
01:06:32
Me too!
Kelly Sims Gallagher
01:07:49
We have a fiercely loyal alumni
Gaurav Sharma
01:08:31
Thank you very much for your time. Great insighsts
Andrea Nyamekye
01:08:37
Thank you all!
Siddhartha Jain
01:08:38
Thank you so much! Cleared up a lot for me.
Emily D
01:08:41
Thank you so much! This has been great!
Arin Kerstein
01:08:43
Thanks!
Alba Loureiro
01:08:44
Thank you all for sharing your experiences!
Connor Moynihan
01:08:49
Thank you so much everyone!
Dhini Purnamasari
01:08:53
Thank you, all!
Sukriti Mahipal
01:08:56
Thank you so much. This has been great.
Claire N Walsh
01:08:57
thank you all! great to meet you!
Hailee Donoghue
01:08:57
Thanks to all, great session!
Dayoung Lee
01:08:58
Thank you so much!
Mikia Carter
01:09:04
Thank you all.