IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)
The Partnership Track
The partnership track of the JISPA allows scholars to study a specially designed graduate level course concentrating on macroeconomics at an IMF partnership university. The partnership universities are:
- National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS): one-year and two-year programs
- Hitotsubashi University (HIT): two-year program
- International University of Japan (IUJ): two-year program
- The University of Tokyo (UT): two-year program
All subjects, including the thesis component, are taught entirely in English.
The universities offer subjects that cover essential elements that will allow scholars to enter the macroeconomic policy dialogue at an international level. All of the universities have a strong macroeconomic oriented focus on:
- macroeconomic policy formulation
- central banking and monetary policy
- financial markets and institutions
They also offer various optional subjects that will allow scholars to pursue their particular interests, relevant to the topic of their master’s thesis or policy research paper. This thesis component is considered one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the program.
Subjects are taught by dedicated professors, many of whom have experience working as professionals of the IMF, World Bank, and other international institutions, as well as senior government officials.
The application deadline for the partnership track is December 10, 2012. After an initial screening of applications, selected candidates will be contacted by the IMF to arrange an interview, which is typically done in their countries with representatives from the partnership universities. A math and/or English examination may also be administered at this time. Final selection will be made on the basis of the interview, math and English competencies, the application form, and any other supplementary information. (please see the application guidelines for the partnership track for the complete information).