Yuko Hirose, 2014, Japan

One thing that surprises me about Fletcher: One of the things that continues to surprise me about Fletcher is the energy, diversity, and passion of the students. Someone is always hosting an event for a cause that they are passionate about, there are constant debates inside and outside of the classroom on current international issues, and there is a shared interest and deep respect for cross-cultural learning - whether through events, lectures, or just spending time with your fellow classmates.

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because I knew it would help me gain the multidisciplinary skills necessary to pursue my interest in international development. In the beginning of my graduate school search, I debated between Public Policy programs and MBA programs, as my interest lied in both evaluating policies that target poverty stricken populations, and exploring the role of the private sector in development. Fletcher's flexible curriculum allows me to pursue both goals. Courses in the Development Economics field enable me to develop skills in econometric impact analysis, while courses in the International Business field allow me to explore themes such as development finance.

Favorite magazine:

The Economist

Favorite food:


Favorite musician:

Jake Shimabukuro

Favorite website:

BBC News

Favorite place to study on campus:

The “Harry Potter Room” in Ginn Library

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Business Relations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Harvard Law and International Development Society
  • Microfinance Club
  • Net Impact
  • Asia Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Economics, Keio University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Consultant, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting, Tokyo, Japan


  • Japanese
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

International Finance Corporation (IFC), Washington, DC
I worked with the Strategy team in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services Group to incorporate a gender lens into their investments in emerging and frontier market companies.