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?
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.