About Student Presentation 

Towards the end of the course (about 3 sessions) selected students will do slide presentation on the policy experience of their countries (or countries in which they have experience).Details of the presentation are given below.

Who will present?

Any volunteers? If you want to do a presentation about your country experience, you should contact the instructors as soon as possible. If no volunteer, we will nominate some of you. The number of students who will present will is about 4 to 8, and varies from year to year depending on time slots and number of volunteers. Everyone shall present if the total number of students is sufficiently small.

Grading for presentation

You will receive positive points if the presentation is good but negative points if poor. The points range from -50 to +50. Unless you do very poorly, you can generally expect positive points (no one received negative results in the past). If you choose not to present, you will automatically get zero points for presentation (safe, but boring).

Presentation style

Use PowerPoint slides. The number of slides should not exceed 25 pages, including the cover page.

Quality, not quantity, of the presentation will be evaluated. Do not use excessively small fonts to enter too much information in one slide. Speak to the audience using your slides, and avoid reading monotonously out of your slides.

Send the completed slide file to instructors in advance (deadline: one day before the presentation - but we expect you to send us preliminary versions earlier for comment and revision). Reduce the size of photos and designs so the file will not be too heavy.

Exact time for presentation will vary from year to year, but expect something like 15 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. We will stop you when the allotted time ends to allow sufficient time for interaction among students.

Topic and contents

The topic should be based on your experience or deep knowledge in the country of your expertise, and cover one of the following sectors: (i) macroeconomy; (ii) development planning; (iii) infrastructure; (iv) social policy or social service delivery; (v) industrial or agricultural strategy; (vi) external policy (trade, FDI, currency, etc); (vii) financial policy; (viii) ODA and coping with donor community. If you wish to choose other topics, please talk to the instructors first.

Be well-focused and concrete. Discuss one particular policy action in the chosen sector, instead of describing a general problem in your country. Include tables and graphics to give concrete facts and data.

Do not describe just the problem, but analyze why it arises, who are the players in this policy landscape, what are their interest, responsibility, authority, actions, etc. This course deals with HOW different governments solves or does not solve policy problems, not just WHAT the problem is. Include leadership, institutional, political, and administrative aspects of policy design and implementation.

Recommended  structure

1/ A cover page showing title, your name, student ID#, country, and affiliation (1 page)

2/ Overview of your chosen sector (here, sector refers to areas such as health, industry, planning, transport, etc), its current situation and issues (2-3 pages)

3/ In the main part, select one policy within this sector, and analyze how this policy is formulated and why it is effective or not effective. Identify the origin of policy initiative, main actors, their goals and incentives, how they interact, what results they bring, etc. Refer to models, concepts or international experiences introduced in the class when they are useful.

You may wish to consult the instructors as you prepare your preparation to make sure your presentations meet our requirements.

Past student presentations of 2015 and 2016 are available for your reference. Please note that not all of them are perfect.