How far can a Masters degree in Food and Resource Economics take you? If you’re Sung-Kyu Kim, all the way to Africa.
Kim was one of 19 students enrolled in the Faculty’s inaugural Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program in 2009.
“The MFRE program was very much aligned with my interests of food security and international development,” he said. “I was impressed with the professors, their expertise and experience, and I really enjoyed the small group feeling.”
As part of the program, students are required to complete a graduating project such as a work placement or internship that meets their learning objectives for their future careers. Kim spent five months in Rwanda as part of an international nutrition project led by LFS Adjunct Professor Judy McLean, helping to conduct a baseline assessment of food security and nutrition in the Ngoma District.
“The experience really opened my eyes,” said Kim. “Being from a western country, I thought I could do better, that I would show them things, but they taught me a lot.”
While in Rwanda, Kim applied for a research intern position with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa. He won the competition, open to graduate students all across Canada, and will begin with IDRC in January 2011.