A new academic course will offer a crash course in economics from the ground up.
Dr Glyn Jones, professor of economics at St Andrews University, will deliver the programme next year.
“We have a lot of graduates who are struggling with the economics profession but don’t know how to apply to it,” Dr Jones said.
“This is the best way to give them the best chance at becoming an economist.”
Dr Jones will give the course from next year and she hopes it will be a useful tool for those looking to take up an economic science degree.
“It’s a really good opportunity for them to learn more about economics from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about,” she said.
Dr Jones is one of two economics students who have completed the programme, the other being Dr Liam Quinn from the University of Queensland.
“They are looking to get into the field and they want to be able to apply and apply well,” Dr Quinn said.
While the course is an intensive four-week programme, it is not without its limitations.
Dr Quinn is working on a dissertation about the effects of global warming on crop yields and food prices, while Dr Jones is working with colleagues on a paper about the impact of the global financial crisis on the agricultural sector.
“The most important thing that I’ve learned in this course is the value of doing research,” Dr Keane said.
“We’ve learnt that we need to do research to understand how the world works.
That’s very important.”