To the body text
Graduate School of International Development,Nagoya University
Top PageGeneral InformationFacultyCurriculumResearch ActivitiesSocial & International Cooperation ActivitiesUniversity lifeApplication ProceduresGSID LibraryContactLinkSite MapCopyrightInformation for Our Department Members
Alumni Acitve in the Fields English
Navigation Top Page >> General Information >> Alumni Acitve in the Fields >> Alumni Acitve in the Fields
Last Updated: , Public Relations Committee

Note: We welcome contributions by other GSID alumni to this website. Please send your messages to .

Waldemiro Francisco Sorte Junior (DICOS, Ph.D 2009, Brazil)

  I initiated my studies at GSID in April, 2003 as a research student and continued into the Master's and Doctoral programmes. The six years I spent at GSID were highly relevant for my future professional activities as I have acquired and expanded the knowledge and skills to work and conduct research in the area of Developmental Studies. As my academic background at the undergraduate level was in the fields of Law and Business Administration, at GSID I had the first contact with concepts and theories of social development, social capital, empowerment, grassroots participation, international politics and so forth.
  Living in Japan was one of the most fruitful experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to make friends from various different countries and to get in contact with a number of diverse cultures. Moreover, I had the chance to learn a lot about the Japanese history, culture and religion. After this long period I resided in Japan, traveling around to many cities, visiting temples, shrines and castles and interacting with local people, I have certainly come to deeply respect and admire the country and its people.
  I have also greatly benefited by the extraordinary study conditions and outstanding facilities of GSID. I have learned a lot by attending the lectures and seminars with respectable, high qualified and well-prepared professors and I am certainly grateful for all their efforts in constantly making useful comments and suggestions on my assignments and reports. GSID as well as all the other graduate schools at Nagoya University provide very good study and lecture rooms and a well-equipped library with the newest and most relevant books on their fields of specialization. As a GSID student, I could have access not only to books and journals from GSID's library, but also from the Graduate School of Law, Economics, and so forth. This was of great importance for the improvement of my studies, particularly during the PhD programme, when I had to give my very best to meet the expectations of my very strict but also supportive and excellent academic adviser, Dr. Kimura Hirotsune.
  I am currently working as an Associate Researcher under the Development Innovations and Structural Transformation Policies Team of the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), which is a UNDP thematic research institute in partnership with the Brazilian government. My research activities are mainly related to the analysis of the pharmaceutical industry in the developing world, particularly in issues regarding access to essential medication, industrial policy and Intellectual Property Rights. I am also engaged on studies related to Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the promotion of productive inclusion of local communities by use of traditional knowledge and medicinal plants.
  I find my work very interesting and pleasant, not only because I have the opportunity to empirically apply the knowledge I gained to find better and innovative ways to bring better life conditions to the poor, but also because I have the opportunity to go to the field and see how things work in practice. So far, I had the chance to conduct fieldwork in a number of Brazilian private and public laboratories, state-owned research facilities, and to interview public officials, local communities' practitioners, and members of non-profit organizations. Moreover, in August 2010 I went to India and China to collect information for cross-country comparative study on the pharmaceutical industry and traditional medicine.
  I would say, therefore, for the new students now entering GSID, that they will have excellent facilities, well-equipped libraries, high-qualified professionals, and all the necessary study conditions to carry out a very good research. Furthermore, working in the field of international development can be very satisfying and rewarding. One can find not only self-fulfillment in working in a very challenging and ever changing field that offers a number of professional opportunities in diverse areas, but also the satisfying feeling of being contributing, even if in a small but continuous way, to alleviate poverty in the world.

岡田正大(国際協力専攻 前期課程修了、日本出身)


Atsushi Sofue (DICOS, Master's Program 2003, Japan)


その中で私は、ハイチで活動する本隊を支援するために、隣国ドミニカ共和国でドミニカ分遣班の渉外幹部として任務に従事しています。 現在の主な仕事は、在ドミニカ共和国日本大使館との連絡・調整や大使館を通じてのドミニカ共和国政府との活動許可や身分保障、国境通過に関するやりとり、国連やNGOとの連絡や情報収集、治安情報をはじめ各種情報の収集、ハイチ向け物資の調達、そして毎週2回陸路往復800Kmにわたるハイチへの物資輸送任務です。



  1. 異文化コミュニケーション・スキル
  2. 海外異文化環境への適応力
  3. 国際開発・国際協力の視点







Kanako Otsubo (DID, Master's Program 2007, Japan)







Mimosa Cortez-Ocampo (DICOS, Ph.D 2000, Philippines)
Professor, Institute of Development Management and Governance,
College of Public Affairs, University of the Philippines Los Banos(UPLB)

It was in 1997, already nearing my golden year, that I got admitted in the Department of Science and Technology - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DOST- JSPS) RONPAKU ( Dissertation PhD) program. It was (and has remained till now) a very highly competitive scholarship, which saw many academics and researchers from different universities and research institutions applying for the Fellowship. Thus, I have always been really very thankful that I was not cowed by doomsayers who thought that the prospect of my getting the scholarship was very dim. First, they thought that my being in the social sciences (considered a soft science) would give me only a very slim chance, if not , none at all to be admitted in the program. More than that, my age was also already a liability, so they said. I was told not to expect too much so as not to get frustrated.

But there is always the right time, the right place, for the right person. The Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, given its multi-disciplinary orientation, and particularly its field of Development Studies and International Development, was the right University, and has remained till now, my choice of University. There was this perfect fit between my discipline and my research interest with GSID’s hallmark. If I have to go through another graduate work, after all these years, I still will choose GSID as my University outside my homeland, the Philippines . And, for somebody who has “aged and wisened” in the richness of her work experience, to be back in school, gave the right timing and impetus to do well and excel . Thus, I obtained my PhD from GSID within the three-year period as planned. As then Dean Osada said during our graduation ceremonies at the 8th floor, I was the first RONPAKU Fellow to graduate at GSID, even while many had started with the program earlier, or ahead of me. This is the nice thing with being “mature” and rushing and competing with time.

How useful have been my learnings at GSID? My Dissertation on”Grameen Bank Replications in the Philippines and Women Empowerment: The Cases of Landless People’s Development Fund and Project Dungganon”, literally and figuratively brought me to many further research engagements, as speaker in seminars and trainings, and writer/critic on related publications. My PhD in Development Studies has earned me the privilege to write and talk on a diverse wide spectrum of development topics, other than Gender and microfinance, such as Crises Prevention and Conflict Resolution, Local Government and NGOs’ Capacity Building, Migration, Change Management, Rural Development, On-line Tutoring, Enterprise Development etc. A book, “ Barangay Leadership” authored by me was published by UP Open University for use in one of its curricular programs. My multi-cultural exposure at GSID and experience in the conduct of overseas field work has made me an effective and highly sought coordinator of many study tour programs/ field work for varied international organizations and groups.

Moreover, I have continuously sustained my linkages with the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development –Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD-MRI) one of the case-organizations in my GSID dissertation and a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service in 2008. This has allowed me to be involved in the conduct of their in-house researches and development of training modules for their various client groups. I became the Focus Group Moderator/Researcher for “ Impact of CARD’s Credit with Education Program on the Business of Client Groups”, a program funded by Freedom for Hunger in 2007; as Philippines Focus Group Moderator on “Credit with Education on Economic Security and Reproductive Health” for the Microcredit Summit Campaign of Washington, USA in 2006. I also became the first Professorial Chair Holder of CARD-MRI (2008-2009) in UPLB, and presented a research-based professorial lecture entitled, “Post-Disaster Coping Mechanisms and the Role of Women and Children: Practices and Interventions”. The research paper which is being published by CARD-MRI and UPLB dwells on the socio-psychological effects of disaster and the role of microfinance in helping women and their families recover from the disaster. It is based on a research conducted in disaster-stricken areas of Albay Province, Bicol Region, after it was seriously hit by Typhoon Reming in 2006. This CARD_MRI Professorial Chair, is my third after my first and second Professorial Chair Awards from Metro Manila Commission in 2002 and 2004, respectively.

When the RONPAKU Fellows/Grantees in the Philippines were organized in 2006, as Philippine Society of JSPS RONPAKU Fellows, I became its Press Relations Officer- emceeing Scientific Fora/Symposia and putting up its maiden issue of newsletter, PRF Connect. To date, I have remained in the Board of Directors of the Association. I also presented a research paper, “Impact of Credit with Education on the Business Development of Women Members of CARD-MRI” in one of its Scientific Fora held in SEAFDEC, Iloilo City, December 2007.

All these involvements after my graduation at GSID, undoubtedly, enabled me to contribute to research productivity (knowledge generation), extension (knowledge utilization), capacity building/professional development, networking and resource generation.

I thought then that my graduation in 2000 would have been already my Sayonara to GSID and Japan.. But thanks to the Agreement for Academic Exchange and Cooperation between Nagoya University and the University of the Philippines Los Banos, I was able to go back to GSID in 2001 to participate and present a paper, on a collaborative research “ Poverty Alleviation in the Context of Decentralization” led by my adviser and Host Scientist, Dr. Hirotsune Kimura. Even after this, I have been very privileged to have been able to go back to GSID in several more occasions: as Visiting Research Fellow in April- September 2004; as Speaker before the Filipino community in Nagoya, on the Ravages of Typhoon Milenyo in UP Los Banos, in 2006; and upon invitation by Dr. Hisae Nakanishi, as speaker/moderator on the International Workshop and Symposium for Promoting Education for Sustainable Development in 2008.

Coming back to GSID and Nagoya is always like coming home...Home, after all, transcends biological relations and roots, and physical space. Being home is feeling safe, secure and cared for, where one has a sense of belonging as well as accountability to cherish and to hold. I have made a lot of friends, almost like my extended family with former students, and colleagues in GSID... Thus, GSID, Nagoya University has already become like a home to me. I must admit, the yearning to go back to my second home- GSID, Nagoya University- is very strong... I hope that in this interesting stage, three years before the so called compulsory retirement from government service, I would still have the chance to be back at GSID.

Yuko Nishiguchi (DICOS, Master's Program 2006, Japan)

2006年にGSIDの博士前期課程を修了した西口祐子といいます。修了後は、中部地域のネットワーク組織である名古屋NGOセンターにて、開発教育や政策提言の担当として2年間務めました。この間、ユニセフ・バンダアチェ事務所Planning Monitoring Evaluation Sectionでのインターンシップも経験しました。2008年より、セーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパンにて勤務し、日本国内の子どもたちのための教育事業を担当しています。

セーブ・ザ・チルドレンは、1919年、第一次世界大戦下のイギリスにて設立されました。国連から公式に認定された子ども支援のための国際NGOです。現在、世界27カ国の独立したメンバーがパートナーを組み、国連子どもの権利条約を理念に、約120カ国で教育や保健医療、緊急支援などの活動を展開しています。セーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパンは、1986年に設立され、ネパール、ベトナム、ミャンマーなどの国々で活動を展開しています。2003年より、日本の子どもたちのための教育事業Speaking Outが開始されました。




Sholihatun Kiptiyah (DICOS, Master's Program 2007, Indonesia)

I stepped my feet on GSID ground for the first time on the beginning of April 2005 as a DICOS Master course student. My arrival in GSID is part of ADB-JSP Program.

For the first two weeks, I was having difficulties in adjusting myself with Japan. A shock culture, perhaps. For sure, I could easily adjusted myself toward GSID's environment. I attended some classes, then decided those which suited to my preferences. To be honest, GSID's course is could be said 80% similar to my undergraduate course. Moreover, as GSID's student, my status was on leave officer from Commission For The Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), Republic of Indonesia. Therefore, I experienced both theoretical and practical matters. Those experiences helped me in understanding and mangling with GSID's life.

During my time in GSID, I learned about many things. International development in the real meaning should be an applicable thing. Based on that idea, I was spreading my “wings” by start learning issues that beyond my “specialty” as written in my proposal when applying to GSID. In this case, GSID gave me a great opportunity to mangle, learn and understand cultural adjustment, and development issues from all over the world. Its understandable due to the reality that GSID is consisted of more than 50% international students.

As I mentioned above regarding to international development, I was participating in some activities organized by students such as Tsunami Actions, Inseikai, including experienced the Japanese “culture” and “pop culture”. I considered myself as an open mind person, therefore, when dealing with the diversity of GSID, it was easy for me to adjust myself toward many ideas, activities, and thought. Of course some disputes my occurred among students when it came to ideas and thought. However, since the “clear view” I had in GSID, I was able to enter a warm and scientific discussion to solve disputes.

I graduated in 2007. Then, I went back to Indonesia to start working in previous office. I resumed my previous position Inter-Institutional Cooperations division. After a while, I was transferred to KPPU Regional Office in Surabaya. I was appointed to become Head of Regional Office, and responsible for four provinces as my jurisdictions, which are East Java, Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) and Bali.

Then, what did I learned from GSID ?. I should say ; knowledge, friendship and family. The professors and GSID's environment always made me able to learn and gain some understanding on issues occurred in so called international development field. Adding the plus points, the relationship I built among friends resulting a relationship as in “family” ties. Its common that GSID alumni made this kind of closed friendship. Though we were separated by distances, the friendship we have always be tied tightly.


KIMURA Hitomi (DICOS, Master's Program 2002, Japan)

加藤久和教授の指導のもと国際環境法政策について研究し、「Introducing A UK Climate Change Levy into Japan: Problems and Prospects(イギリスの気候変動税の日本への導入:課題と展望)」 に関する論文を提出し、修士号を取得しました。在学中は、大学での研究のほか、循環型社会研究会など外部の勉強会や、海外実地研修(OFW)の一環でフィリピンの水問題に関する現地調査に参加したりしました。また、JICA企画評価部(当時)でのインターンプログラムに参加し、国連気候変動枠組条約第6回締約国会議(COP6)準備会合に向けたプロセスの一環で外務省、環境省、JBICなど関連各省との会議に参加させて頂いたり、国際環境協力に関するレポート作成などを行いました。当時はまだインターンシップ制度への参加はそれほど一般的ではありませんでしたが、終了後、GSIDのインターンシップの制度化のためのお手伝いを依頼され、自身がその第一号となったのは懐かしい思い出になっています。



NANDANG RAHMAT (DICOM, Ph.D 2000, Indonesia)





KINJO Morihiko (DID, Ph.D 1998, Japan)

1998年6月に国際開発専攻を修了した金城盛彦と申します.「地球温暖化抑制策としての国際協力の費用・便益分析 −動学的な多部門一般均衡(CGE)モデルによる日中協力の経済的評価−」のタイトルで学位論文を書きました.出身地でもあり,国内の開発対象ともいえる沖縄の振興策を学ぶ私が国の枠を超え開発問題に関心をもったのは学部生の頃でした.その後,他大学の修士課程で国際関係論等を学ぶも,本格的に開発学,開発経済学を学んだのはGSID入学後といえるかもしれません.近年は分かりませんが当時のGSIDは私のような他大学からの進学者に対する間口が広く,多種多様な人材が集まっていたことも大きな特色だったと思います.学位論文の話に戻ると,開発学を学ぶ学生であれば一度は耳にしたことがあるかと思いますが,CGEモデルとは当時の指導教官がはじめて日本に紹介したシミュレーション・モデルです.GSIDでは私のように「その途の先駆者」と称される先生方の指導を直接受けることができます.一方で,所属ゼミからは中国NGOや防災の第一人者など多種多様な人材が巣立っています.ゼミ等を通じGSIDの諸先生方が示された,様々なテーマに対するこの強くて広い「好奇心」は,開発学者の末席連なる今も是非とも見習いたい資質,規範,基準となっており,GSIDがくれた一生の宝だと思っています.もうひとつの宝が世界中に散らばる友人達です.特に留学生はGSIDという同じ釜の飯を食わなかったならば,なかなか知己を得がたい,それぞれの国の中枢を担っている人材が豊富です.「日本のテレビの取材を受けたから」,「サバティカルで再来日したから」,「あれってどうだったけ」,「この本買って送ってくれない」,こんな感じで,彼等とは未だに気軽にコンタクトを取り合える,これもGSIDがくれた一生の宝だと思っています.



CHEN Ching-Li (DICOS, Master's Program 1998, Taiwan)


出発前は先進国の日本における環境保全政策と現状を調べ、途上国でその研究と実態の比較を行った。日本に帰る前にインドネシアの大学で英語を用い、研究成果を発表した。このような訓練は国際視野が広げられただけではなく、アジアの隣国への認識を深められ、英語力の実践にも役だった。 在学中は木村先生の指導の下で、日中関係と援助の歴史を検証し、日本の対中援助の動機を探り、その援助の政治と経済効果を分析した。1998年3月、「日本の対中ODA政策」をテーマに日本語で論文を完成し、Aの評価を得て修士号を取得した。名古屋3年間滞在の磨きで日本語能力試験の一級検定に合格し、日本外交の仕方、日中関係、日台関係などに一定の理解ができたと自負している。






Wang Ming (DID, Ph.D 1993, China)


GSIDでNGOに関して興味を持ち始め、名古屋市のボランティア活動に参加した経験もありました。帰国後には、その知識と経験を生かして、中国のNGO研究分野の発展に貢献し、中国NGO研究をリードしています。そうした研究活動のなかでは、初の中国NGOアンケート調査を全土で展開したり、ケース・スタディやフィールドワーク、Oral historyなど、多くの新しい調査手法を活用したりして、中国のNGO研究を強く推し進めてきました。これらの研究活動を通して、『中国の社団改革』、『中国のNPO』(日本語)、『非営利組織管理概論』、『民間組織通論』、『中国非政府公共部門』などの著書を出版してきました。現在、清華大学NGO研究所の所長を務めながら、中国政治協商会議の委員、国務院民政部の諮問委員、衛生部の諮問委員、中国障害者福祉基金会の副理事長など、多くの場で活動をしています。

Mario Joyo Aguja (DICOS, Ph.D 2001, Philippines)

GSID and Beyond

A Tale of an Academic and Political Journey

By Mario Joyo Aguja, Ph.D.

Pilgrimage in the Land of the Rising Sun

Friends popularly called me Mayong, a nom de guerre I used when I was in the student movement actively fighting the Marcos dictatorship. Before coming to Japan I was already a political activist, and a teacher of sociology. I always believe that education empowers, and will liberate us.

I came to Japan as a Monbusho scholar in October of 1994. I was a Graduate Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo for 1 ½ years. I later joined the Graduate School of Comparative Culture of Sophia University where I spent two years. For 3 ½ years I was a Tokyo urbanite – enjoying its urban flare and fashion and at the same time benefiting from the intellectual rigor that my former universities could offer. It was a life full of excitement and adventurism, amidst the daily stress that a Tokyo lifestyle brought.

In search for a doctoral program, I learned about GSID. It was winter of 1998 that I first visited GSID – to take the entrance examination. I was excited of the prospect of joining GSID, despite the fact that Nagoya was a little sleepy place compared to Tokyo.

It was in the spring of 1998 that I formally started my intellectual sojourn at GSID. As a DICOS student I had all the time I need to read, reflect and write about the question of development.

I was lucky to have enjoyed three things in GSID – time, excellent resources and facilities, and a nurturing environment for an intellectual growth. Aside from being a frequent visitor and borrower of books at GSID library, I was an endless photocopier of reading materials. I am glad of my academic supervisor, Dr. Kimura Hirotsune, who never failed to guide me in my intellectual journey. He was a very jolly fellow, but rigorous; very helpful and nurturing. My roommates in the study room were not only helpful, but equally passionate in their quest for knowledge. We spent lots of time discoursing about development problematiques in our respective countries, sometimes over cup of sake, in nearby shops. To me, it is one of the natural gifts of GSID- the endless opportunity to interact with fellow students from around the world, and Japanese too. Truly, an excellent environment to learn international development.

GSID offers an opportunity for intellectual growth thru silent competition among international students. One could feel that there was so much pressure from peers not only to be rigorous but equally excellent. When I completed my degree in 2001 and left the portals of GSID, I was confident to face the real challenge of development when I get back home.

GSID was home for me for three years. It was my routine to come to school just after lunch, visit the library, read the papers of the day, and spent the rest of the day reading and writing at the study room. I usually take dinner at the nearby ”shokudo”?. After which I return back to the study room to continue working. It was not uncommon for me to go home at about 4-5 in the morning. Except on a Friday night where I treat myself with a great deep in a nearby sento, at the same time do my laundry in a public laundry, my Saturdays and Sunday were just like any other regular days. Biking was an excellent daily exercise for me. It takes only 15 minutes for me to reach school, compared to my usually one hour train ride when I was in Tokyo. I surely miss my Spartan-like life in Nagoya.

Political Journey in the Pearl of the Orient Seas

As I returned home, I was initiated in politics. I was included in the list of nominees of Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party for the 2001 party list elections. Akbayan is a grassroots based progressive political party. I am a pioneering member of the party and took an active role in its organizing work. I managed to do it in between breaks when I come home to the Philippines either for vacation or research.

With the rest of the party membership, I joined the campaign trail up to May 2001 elections with much enthusiasm. With hard-work, committed party workers, and luck our party won enough votes to send two representatives to congress. However, due to a legal challenge, my proclamation was delayed. It was only in November 26, 2002 that I was finally proclaimed and took my oath of office as member of the House of Representatives during the 12th congress. I was officially referred in congressional records/documents as Hon. Mario “Mayong” Joyo Aguja. I continue to hold the same title during the 13th congress (2004-2007 where our party got enough votes to send three representatives to congress. I joined the human rights activist Cong. Loreta Ann Rosales Cong. Risa Hontiveros-Baranquel, a staunch peace advocate.

With barely 1 ½ years left before my first term in congress ends, I spent my time on issues that matter most to the basic sectors that our party represents – labor rights, agrarian reform, peace, education, globalization and human rights. I traveled around the country to consult with our people, and join them in their struggle and dream for a just and humane social order. I also had opportunities to travel abroad to join global advocacies (e.g. globalization, debt, and Burma campaign) and consult with Filipino diasporas.

The Philippine Congress is dominated by the traditional Philippine elite. Ideologically conscious of protecting their class interests, we always have to fight fiercely for the interest of the majority of the Filipinos - just wages for the workers, land to the tillers, just compensation for the victims of human rights, better education for our children, peace in Mindanao and the rest of the country, fair trade, and fight for a graft free, clean, honest and decent government. We were waging wars in many fronts. However, our activism to seek justice and human rights, the intellectual rigor of our discourses, and our untarnished integrity never failed to impress even our harshest critic in the administration.

The Philippine congress, as an arena of struggle for development in Philippine society, is a draining place to work with, at times very frustrating. For me it is where one needs idealism and principles. Our “preferential option for the poor” which serves as our daily guide sustains our activism; our immersion in the daily struggle of the common people gives us inspiration and energy to face the insurmountable challenge.

I am proud of my political journey. I am proud to have honorable served our people. Aside from sponsoring important national legislations (such as the abolition of death penalty, juvenile justice law, strengthening the constitutional right to self-organization of workers, and the regulation of the deployment of overseas Filipino workers, among others) I was able to contribute in bringing into the center of national public debate issues such as the war in Mindanao, corruption in the education department in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the demolition of the thousands of urban poor families in the metropolis without regard to their rights, and the disadvantages and unconstitutionality of the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement or JPEPA.

I am honored to have been part of the national history of calling for decency in government at the highest office. I am proud to have voted against the proclamation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as president of the Philippines for the fraud she committed during the 2004 elections. The “Hello Garci” controversy will be a ghost that will haunt her for the rest of her term as president. In the midst of “gift giving”, pressure politics and danger I and my party mates are proud to have joined the initiative to impeach the president “for betrayal of public trust,” not only once but twice. Yes, we failed in our attempts as congress was dominated by the allies of the president, but the president never recovered her popularity since then. The House of Representatives suffered the same faith. More and more members of the public continue to question her integrity and capacity to govern, and lead the nation. As PGMA will end here term in 2010, hers will be remembered as a failed presidency.

After two terms in Philippine congress, I decided not to seek my party’s nomination for the 2007 elections. I need to be home and share much time with my family while the childhood of my children is still there. During my intellectual journey in Japan and my political journey in Philippine congress, my family preferred to stay at home in General Santos City. Our separation seemed to be ages. I am now finally HOME, and back to teaching. I know there’s a lot I can share to inspire my students to persevere and develop a strong sense of commitment to development work. My political activism continues. A new journey begins.

Message to the New Generation of GSID students

GSID is an excellent venue that offers opportunity for the young to develop an excellent career and a better future in the field of development. However, GSID can only offer opportunities. One needs to seize it and make it meaningful. Make the best of it. Others will not have an opportunity to enjoy it. Let it be a real intellectual pilgrimage. As to myself, GSID never failed to prepare me for the challenge of public service, to which I am always grateful and forever indebted.

But it is not how much we learn, or read, or write, but how we develop our capacity for deeper reflection about the plight of the poor. Development is politically real. If we cannot be moved by the injustices committed against the poor, and cannot show solidarity in their daily sufferings, then the word DEVELOPMENT becomes meaningless. It is only by so doing that GSID becomes fulfilled in its mission as a real Graduate School of International Development.

Truly, development is such a life long journey.

(Mario Joyo Aguja, second from the right.)

MIYAMOTO, Setsuko (DICOM, Ph.D 1998, Japan)



HARA, Yasuko (DICOS Master's Program 1996, Japan)
MAEKAWA, Kyoko (DID Master's Program 2003, Japan)




GSIDでは、開発における日本の役割も取り上げられていますが、ソムニードでは、日本国内(飛騨地域)でもコミュニティ開発を実施しており、海外事業と国内事業が連携しています。 事務局本部が、GSIDと同じ中部地方にあることからも、今後も、GSIDとの人・情報の連携を期待しています。ソムニードでは、高山やインドで、コミュニティ開発に関する研修の実施、そしてインターン募集もしていますので、ご関心のある方は是非、ソムニード事務局(まで、お問い合わせください。





Copyright(c)Graduate School of International Development,Nagoya University.All Rights Reserved.