I am Mohamed Shareef Asees from Sri Lanka. I have been in GSID since 2003 first as a research student and then successfully qualified to the Master Course in 2005 and now in the second year of this course. Before I came here, I worked as a peace project coordinator for one year in the Center for Policy Alternative (CPA) which is a domestic peace oriented NGO funded by Norway government. I am interested in issues related to peace building as well as studies that deal with conflicts especially in developing countries. I decided to study here at GSID, in order to enhance my knowledge in the field of peace building and international development. My brother, who also completed his postgraduate studies at GSID three years back, was very influential towards my decision of choosing this school.
As far as international development is concerned, GSID can be considered as an ideal place to study with much more international atmosphere. The three departments, namely, DID, DICOS and DICOM deal with different aspects of the contemporary issues of the world. GSID is making its journey slowly and steadily towards the development with three departments including many foreign trained professors. GSID offers courses that are very relevant to development studies which pay great attention to the recent and burning issues and topics on globalization, peace building and poverty reduction. Moreover, the school also holds seminars, conferences and lectures by visiting scholars in collaboration with universities and other institutions from here and abroad. GSID offersgreat opportunity to our student community to learn interesting themes and to experience the valuable insights which are very useful for our research interests.
GSID is not just a place where both Japanese and foreign students study together but also a venue to gain new friends and adjust to different cultures of students from foreign countries. Students can also participate and share experiences through group activities such as OFW and DFW. This is also an ideal place to develop and improve our skills in presentation. With my active participation in group discussions and class presentation, I can say that I have improved a lot and gained more self-confidence.
inally, what makes GSID unique from other schools is that all students who have different educational background are welcome to pursue their studies here. I can assure all students that the professors are very friendly and kind and I’m proud to say that GSID is a school conducive to learning especially for students who aspire to broaden their knowledge in the field of international development.