Messages from Students & Alumni
Graduates of IRP are skilled in international affairs, concepts, and languages. As a result, they are highly competitive in multiple job markets, especially in Japan.
Many graduates have successfully found jobs in international organizations, research institutes, consulting firms, banks, and multinational enterprises. Prestigious Ph.D. programs in economics and related fields are another avenue open to IDP graduates.
I UJ is not only a perfect place to foster our minds and bodies, it is really a place where the world gathers. Besides the academic treasures, I have learned so much about so many things, from the quick steps of the Caucasus’s lezginka dance to the slow hula of the Pacific, from French and Italian culinary art to various Asian cuisines, from the Persian Sufi essence to the spirit of Buddhist nirvana. With these diverse experiences, my bag is now pretty rich. The multicultural environment of IUJ helps broaden our understanding of different cultures and social norms, which ultimately teaches lessons on how to reconcile our differences and how to celebrate diversity. Here at IUJ, we met and made friends with people from diverse parts of the world. Now we have friends living on the Scandinavian Peninsula, along the Mediterranean coast, in the vast Sahara desert and in the tropical rainforest. Our friends are living under the shade of the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush, the Pamir and the Tian Shan. From the British isles to the Japanese isles, from the Rocky Mountains to the Andes, our friends are scattered all over the world spreading the message of friendship and are engaged in exploring their potentials. Besides their individual careers, they are utilizing their best efforts to build their respective nations. In both cases, the rich experiences of IUJ help a lot.
W hy did you choose to come to IUJ-IRP?
First and foremost it had always been a dream of mine to study in Japan. My professor at the University of Malaya in Malaysia was a graduate of IUJ and recommended that I apply for an International Relations degree because IUJ students come from different parts of the world. The diverse community of IUJ is very suitable for my international relations course because the interaction with students of different nationalities gives me an opportunity to be exposed and learn more about other countries’ cultures, traditions, ways of life, and the issues that affect them. After graduation I intend to work in Japan and since studying at IUJ provides me exposure to the Japanese culture and language, I believe that this will enhance my chances of being employed in the future.
What did you find most helpful in studying at IUJ-IRP?
My professors at IUJ are very knowledgeable in the field of International Relations and I was able to learn so much from them. Their teaching methods further stimulate my interest in the field and since the student population comes from different parts of the world, their personal views and experiences that they share are very helpful in getting a much deeper understanding of the subjects we study. Studying at IUJ while in Japan also gives me an opportunity to improve my English as well as my Japanese.
What is your future plan and where does IUJ-IRP fit in your plans? After graduation, I plan to work in an international organization such as the UN or to become a journalist. I believe that the knowledge and background that I will obtain from an International Relations degree from IUJ will help prepare me in achieving my dreams.
How do you feel to study at IUJ?
I feel like that I made the right choice to come and study at IUJ. The IUJ campus is surrounded by nature, beautiful mountains and rice paddy fields in a rural setting in Japan. The environment here is quiet and conducive for learning and thinking. The atmosphere also promotes camaraderie among the students and you will be able to know everyone in a short time.