In her new job at the World Bank, Sania Khursheed, MPA ‘19, already seeing the benefits of her Truman School education. Khursheed currently serves as Education Specialist at The World Bank in her home country of Pakistan.
“The MPA program not only resulted in creating a positive effect on developing a professional and analytical approach towards policy analysis and program evaluation but also improved my overall decision making skills,” said Khursheed. “In today’s world, to be able to work with data and use it for evidence-based policy making and planning is a skill that is in huge demand everywhere.”
Khursheed earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, and worked in the education sector for five years before returning to school to gain a better understanding of public and economic policy.
When evaluating various schools to pursue a career in policy, TSPA rose to the top for all of the factors she considers most important, such as quality and affordability. “Truman School offers ‘public affairs,’ which is a dynamic program and gives you a broader perspective of the sector as compared to having a degree limited to either “policy” or “administration," Khursheed said. The MPA is a mix of both and that’s what helps most in my professional endeavors, because policy and management perfectly complement each other.”
World Bank operations inherently require financial understanding. Khurseed says the MPA really helped her develop a comprehensive understanding the costs and benefits of various policy options. “Every day at the World Bank we are struggling analyze how a particular investment is going to help a country come out of poverty, while at the same time aid the sustainable development process through increased human capital,” says Khursheed. “Courses like Program Evaluation, Tax and budgeting, Policy Analysis, Strategic Management and Collaborative Governance have been extremely beneficial in my daily work.”
Khursheed also credits the diversity within the Truman School for enhancing her learning. “I met, interacted, and worked with people from at least 15 different countries, and it really does have a positive impact on your interpersonal skills,” she said. She notes this is especially true when you’re working with an international development agency.