Wilfried Youmbi Fotso is the fourth ASE student admitted to prestigious universities for doctoral studies after completing a Master's degree at the African School of Economics (ASE). Three ASE graduates had recently been admitted to Princeton University, New York University and the University of Illinois in the United States. With Wilfried’s acceptance, the University of Ottawa has been added to the list.

Wilfried, 26, is a Cameroonian and recent graduate of the Master's program in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (MMES) at the African School of Economics (ASE).Wilfried received his undergraduate studies at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon before joining ASE in 2014. "In this pan-African school founded by Professor Leonard Wantchékon, who I thank by the way, I received a unique and unusual training in economic theory and quantitative methods with the necessary analytical rigor," he said.

Mr. Fotso also said that his ultimate goal was to contribute to sustainable development and the emergence of Africa in general and Cameroon in particular. He says he chose ASE to better equip himself and give himself the chance to pursue his doctoral studies at major universities such as the University of Ottawa in North America. This dream was accomplished with his admission to the Ottawa-Carleton Graduate School of Economics.

What he remembers from his transition to ASE: "It's a good place to study and develop research capacities and leadership."