To Whom It May Concern
My name is XXXX and I am the President of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies. I write what follows in support of the application of XXXX to the Master’s Degree Program in Development Studies at XXXX. XXXX is currently working at our institute and has been here for almost two years, during which time I have had the opportunity to get to know him well and come to depend upon his brilliance and enthusiasm, as well as his constant flow of creative ideas. Once XXXX leaves us for some most fortunate graduate program, he will be sorely missed. I have given the bulk of my professional life to the South China Sea area, and I am thus most devoted to my subject. When I think of development, generally speaking, it is development centered on this part of the world, development of, by, and for China. XXXX on the other hand, thinks more globally in every way, in terms of economics, politics, international relations. He has helped me to better appreciate the way in which Chinese development is increasingly inseparable from global phenomena, our fate rising and falling with the rest of the world.
Of course, XXXX is young, and thus subject to the optimism that is characteristic of youth, but his optimistic outlook is backed up by serious scientific reasoning and a solid grasp of historical fact and reality. His vast knowledge of political and economic realities is most impressive and inspiring. Most importantly, he never stops brainstorming for novel ideas to move us forward in unique and creative ways.
As a result of his superb performance, in November of 2017, XXXX participated in the China-ASEAN Academy on Ocean, Law, and Governance as the representative of our Institute. This is a training program for people in the field of public administration, foreign service and academia with participants from across the ASEAN states plus China. Then, in December, he again represented our organization as a panelist for the International Symposium on the “Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” and Common Development of the Greater South China Sea Region, were he delivered a remarkable presentation concerning the potential for joint China-Philippines development of oil and gas resources. XXXX’s work has been especially exciting in light of the ambitious development of Hainan, particularly in terms of tourism and the film industry, subjects in which he has also given presentations at the Institute as well as submitting cogent and highly creative policy recommendations. XXXX was also chosen for an extensive field trip to Europe to study the maritime industry. It would be a privilege for me to provide the Department of Development Studies at XXXX with any further information concerning the application of XXXX.