Recruited a couple of months ago and already in charge of a huge department at ASE, The Development Research Lab, Dr Songbian Zime delivers his thoughts about the school, his achievements and challenges.
ASE Communications: Hello Dr. Zime. We wanted to ask you a few questions today. Firstly, what is your position at the ASE?
Dr. Zime: I am a Professor and the Coordinator for the Development Research Lab (DRL).
ASE Communications: What kind of degree do you possess?
Dr. Zime: I am a Doctor-Engineer in Management Science.
ASE Communications: What did you do prior to joining ASE?
Dr. Zime: I was an Assistant at a Finance Risk Research Lab in China, then an Economist for Economic Development Research in Turkey, and lastly an Economist for INSAE in Benin.
ASE Communications: How did you hear about ASE and what was your recruitment process like?
Dr. Zime: I was recruited by the General Manager of INSAE. The recruitment was proposed by the President of ASE on the basis of my areas of research and expertise.
ASE Communications: What is your impression of ASE?
Dr. Zime: I have a very good impression of ASE. There is commitment, innovation and the school has an international dimension.
ASE Communications: How have you been interacting with ASE students and faculty?
Dr. Zime: My relationship with ASE administration is like working with a team or family. With the students, it is more about group research work.
ASE Communications: What are your future ambitions for your career?
Dr. Zime: I would like to integrate the IT and agronomy sectors and really wish to cover the entire national territory of Benin.
ASE Communications: Can you describe a typical day at ASE?
Dr. Zime: Once in the office, I meet with students and we discuss different topics and research. I chat with developers, assess the work, and validate different tasks in accordance with the respective objectives and specifications.
ASE Communications: What motivates you?
Dr. Zime: Research, cross-cultural exchange, and the work atmosphere.
ASE Communications: What advice could you give to a student considering to follow your career path?
Dr. Zime: Choosing ASE is choosing training that will enable them to face the development challenges of Africa and globalization.
ASE Communications: What are your hobbies?
Dr. Zime: My hobbies are traveling, browsing the internet, and playing football.
ASE Communications: Thank you for your time, Dr. Zime.