Seven fellows celebrated their graduation from Duke University’s Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program on Friday, Dec. 16. Jonas Anazagasty of the United States; Onur Varoglu of Turkey; and Chieun Cheong, Hyunshik Hwang, Sungho Kang, Namhyuk Kim and Sungjin Park of the Republic of Korea were honored during a ceremony at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

The research conducted by the graduates for their final master’s projects covered a variety of pressing topics, including conflict-sensitive development in Nigeria, employment in South Korea’s manufacturing industry and improving the financial sustainability of Turkey’s social security system.

During the ceremony, DCID Director Indermit Gill congratulated the graduates and asked them to stay in touch with faculty, staff and other fellows.

“As DCID alumni, you are part of the very ambitious plans we have for the center,” he said. “We would be honored to help you as you undergo transitions in your countries, and we hope you will help us as we work to make DCID the leading center for international development in the world.”

Graduate Namhyuk Kim called the program a challenging, but valuable, experience.

“It enabled fellows to share perspectives from many different countries,” he said. “It helped us understand how each fellow sees the same problems in a different way and encouraged us to solve them through collaboration.”

Cory Krupp, director of graduate studies for the MIDP program, thanked the graduates and expressed pride in their accomplishments.

“We hope your experience here has enriched your understanding of development policy and that you have made lifelong friendships here,” she said.

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