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Washington Program Visits World Bank


Students in Washington Program at the international Christmas tree in the atrium of the World Bank.
Students in Washington Program at the international Christmas tree in the atrium of the World Bank.
On Dec. 2, students in the Washington Program were hosted at the World Bank by Hasan Tuluy P’08, vice president for human resources. At lunch Mr. Tuluy briefed the group on the history, mission, organization, and strategy of the bank. Drawing on his experience as a development economist, he also discussed careers in the field and the value of a liberal arts education.

World Bank economist Alan Gelb gave a presentation about the causes of the world economic crisis, its effects on different regions of the world, and short and long term prospects for recovery. Founded in 1944, the World Bank now has 186 member countries as shareholders and pursues a mission “to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.” The bank has more than 10,000 employees representing 160 nations in 100 offices around the world.

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