Tokuda, 2017, Japan
Why the MA program: After working in international development with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for nine years, I felt it was necessary to see development works from wider contexts outside of Japan. I was convinced that our international development program would not succeed if we only addressed domestic politics and the demands of the developing countries we were seeking to help. These elements are essential, but you can only have a really strong impact if you design and implement a program with careful consideration of global diplomacy. From this perspective, I thought it would be meaningful to study in a school that produces a lot of diplomats and UN officials from all over the world. I also thought it would be a big advantage to study in Boston - a city where you can interact with students from other schools like Harvard and MIT either through cross-registering or by participating in off-campus activities.
One thing that has surprised you: What has surprised me the most is that Fletcher offers many opportunities for students to get out of the class and get hands-on experience in the real world. Before I entered this program, I thought that Fletcher was a relatively academic school. While this is true (and I appreciate that fact) I also found that The Fletcher School also makes efforts to engage its students in conferences, internships, and entrepreneurship opportunities and provides good support. For example, the school not only organizes a social entrepreneurship competition, but also provides seminars and workshops that would help students work towards becoming better entrepreneurs.
Activities involved in at Fletcher:
- Bachelor of Law, The University of Tokyo, Japan
- Assistant Director, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo, Japan