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Spencer Williams, graduated from the MAEP program in November 2018.

Econ Grad Spotlight: Spencer Williams

Williams graduated this past November from our M.A. in Economic Policy program while concurrently completing the Water Without Borders graduate diploma.

Jan 08, 2019

Williams on his experience at McMaster, specifically in our Masters in Economic Policy program:

"I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from my experience in the M.A. in Economic Policy Program at McMaster last year. The balance between theory and practical application matched my expectations, and I found it interesting learning how this interaction plays out in different policy domains, such as health economics. Having completed my undergraduate studies at McMaster in the Arts & Science Program, I was happy to return to a campus that already felt like home. I appreciated the open and collegial atmosphere in the Economics Department, not only among the students (our weekly intramural basketball games were a particular highlight for many of us!), but also between students and faculty. It is a very welcoming and supportive environment, and I am happy to have been a part of it.

A key factor in my decision to join the MAEP Program was the unique opportunity to concurrently study in the Water Without Borders Graduate Diploma program, offered jointly by McMaster and the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU-INWEH). This program added another dimension to my experience, learning alongside students from across disciplines to bring varied perspectives to bear on pressing global water issues. The program focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, the design of development projects, and included a field course in Ghana to study WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) initiatives firsthand. I was also fortunate to be able to continue my involvement with UNU-INWEH during the summer through their MUST (McMaster University Student Traineeship) programme.

The MAEP program strengthened my quantitative and analytical background, as well as the ability to communicate these ideas effectively. These are skills that are both useful and highly valued, demonstrated by the high success rate of my peers in securing employment in relevant fields.  Personally, I have chosen to continue my studies at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where I am pursuing a Master of International Affairs. It has been a fantastic experience so far, and the skills that I developed in the MAEP program have helped me to be successful."

Congratulations Spencer on all your success and good luck in your future endeavours!