Messages from Students & Alumni

Graduates of IDP are skilled in economic analysis, numerous computer programs, 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.


Harry Agnita Indonesia Class of 2013 Economic Researcher, Bank of Indonesia
Harry Agnita
Class of 2013
Economic Researcher, Bank of Indonesia

I would like to say that my 2 years at IUJ has been one of the best periods in my life.

As with graduate students in Economics in common, in the first year, I was heavily trained in basic Economics knowledge, from theoretical subjects (e.g., Micro and Macroeconomics) to analytical courses (e.g., Econometrics, DSGE) using various statistical packages such as E-views, STATA, MATLAB and Dynare. My second year of study was mainly focused on writing term papers and my thesis, where I applied the knowledge gained earlier. Indeed, in my workplace, these types of knowledge and experience support me in providing analytical notes on economic conditions.

Apart from the excellent academic experiences, I also reaped benefits of being a part of multi-cultural student body. I continuously learned how to share ideas with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. The intensive and extensive interactions with people from different countries and cultures equipped me with better interpersonal skills.

There are many things to say about the goodness of IUJ, including the outstanding library and computing services, interesting club activities, various events with the local community, and many more. To sum up, IUJ gave me not only the best study experience ever but also gave me the privilege of learning about others cultures, beliefs and perspectives. These all have helped me to succeed in my career after IUJ.

Come to IUJ, you will not be disappointed.

Taichi Mutoh Japan Class of 2013 Taisei Corporation

I nternational University of Japan is a graduate school, which is, speaking honestly, not well known among Japanese people. It is located in Minamiuonuma city, a rural area of Japan with a lot of nature and a markedly international character. It might be surprising for those Japanese people from large cities such as Tokyo and Osaka when they first visit Urasa, finding the very special environment of IUJ and Urasa. I was exactly one of those for sure.

I luckily got a chance to study abroad but without going abroad after I received a sudden order from my company to go to IUJ. IDP, as shown by its initials, is a master’s degree program in economics. Students study basic economics courses such as micro economics, macro economics, statistics, mathematics and econometrics during the 1st year and more advanced and exclusive courses in the 2nd year, together with writing a master’s thesis. All of the lectures are conducted in English, but most of the courses would have been tough for me even if the lectures had been in my own language.

The remarkable character of IDP (maybe the PMPP as well) is the large number of foreign students from developing countries and the small number of Japanese students. Students from foreign countries are potential (highly probable) future leaders of each country, with lots of talents and abilities. The two years I shared with them at IUJ became an irreplaceable experience for me. I obtain a great wealth of friendship and strong ties both through and outside our academic activities. I am really looking forward to seeing not only success in my career, but also the great successes of all my friends after going back to their home countries.

Akio Kusakabe Japan Class of 2010

T Time flies like an arrow. The days I spent in IUJ were exactly like this proverb; my classmates and I have put a great deal of painstaking effort into study this year, and we also have put our all energies into unforgettable events and activities such as IUJ Open day. Now, I am grateful that I have had a good opportunity to study and good friends.

After one year of rigorous study in IDP and a full life in IUJ, I am convinced that we have grown up as global citizens. Although the first year curriculum of IDP was tough and busy, I am so satisfied with the good environment where I can learn not just about academic classes but also about the cultures of my friends from all over the world. Even though IUJ is located in a rural area of Japan, I can promote my understanding about foreign countries through my friends, and sometimes from them I am taught what Japan is and how Japan looks to foreigners. Almost all my classmates in IDP are from Asian countries that are developing dramatically and they are the elite of their countries. Coming in touch with their attitude toward study and life, I really feel the potential energy in Asia, and I am so proud that I can share the same time and experience in IUJ with them.

IDP provides us with the analytical skills and knowledge that we need. The first-year curriculum in IDP is designed to cover principal methodologies in order to help us to complete our theses. It covered basic economic theory to advanced econometrics; its coverage was very wide and deep.
Every course was very organized and systematic, and left some key messages in our brains in a logical manner. For example, Environmental Economics told us the reason why economists are supporting marketable permits, and made me think which measure is desirable in society in order to reduce emissions. Research Methodology expanded our methodology skills, teaching the significance of spatial dependence.

I do believe that what I learn in IUJ will give me a solid foundation for subsequent work as a business person, and the friendship with my classmates will be an invaluable legacy in my life. 

Thi Thuy Hang Nguyen Vietnam Class of 2010

W hen I first came to the IUJ campus, I was amazed at its peaceful beauty. Our school is surrounded by hot springs, mountains, forests, and rice fields. This peaceful atmosphere at IUJ makes it a wonderful place for studying. I really like the vision of students from more than 50 countries gathering in the middle of a valley in Japan to study, to establish network connections and to explore the rest of the world together.
Unlike its relaxing surroundings, academic life at IUJ is challenging. My first year in the IDP program was flooded with assignments, quizzes, presentations, papers, and exams. However, with great guidance from enthusiastic professors, the tough program made my effort much more rewarding. After one year, I realized that my economics understanding had been improved greatly in terms of both theory and practice. I strongly believe that the knowledge and skills I have gained from IUJ will enable me to advance my career in the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam upon graduation. IUJ campus life is very enjoyable. Only-in-IUJ events such as Open day and Asian Night highlight its international diversity with traditional customs, food, music and dance from every corner of the globe. Most of the students live on campus so we have great opportunities to know each other well in daily life. The friends I meet and the time we are together in IUJ are invaluable in making my life more meaningful. 

After one year studying at IUJ, I know I made the right decision to come here. If I had to choose again, I would still choose IUJ for its peaceful surroundings, high education quality and international diversity. 

Shieikh Touhidul Haque Bangladesh Class of 2010

T he IDP Program at the Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) attracts creative and dedicated students who wish to pursue enlightening careers. To improve my analytical and research ability on economic and development issues, I chose the IDP program in IUJ. After completion of my first year of study, I realize students who wish to complete this program will understand and be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, the core economic principles, concepts and theories that form the foundation of modern economic analysis and economic research for various development issues. 

Since I am a government employee, the knowledge I am acquiring in this program will help me formulate and implement economic and public policy issues more conveniently in the context of the socioeconomic development of my country. I believe the experiences of IUJ encourage me to develop a critical and inquiring attitude, an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of subject areas, acceptance of persons of different backgrounds or values, and a deepened sense of self. I am enjoying my IUJ life very much because within IUJ’s student life, there are literally hundreds of options for student involvement ranging from student associations, community service, student employment, club sports, the open day program and many other student activities. IUJ’s Vast range of cultural, educational, athletic and social activities helped me to get involved in campus life within the shortest time. 

Nina Reys Philippines class of 2009

W hy did you choose to come to IUJ?
I chose to study at IUJ for a variety of reasons. First, I was impressed by IUJ’s programs, curriculum and faculty. IUJ offers a wide range of subjects which enhance students’ quantitative and analytical skills. Similarly, the profile of the school’s teaching staff is notable as the professors are experienced in their respective fields. Further, looking at IUJ’s website, the beautiful scenery around the university and the welcoming environment for international students also made a good impression on me. Lastly, I chose IUJ for its diversity, I thought that IUJ’s environment would complement my personality and varied interests. 

What did you find most helpful in studying at IUJ?
Being away from home has challenges of its own. It takes some time to get used to living in a foreign country and adjusting to being a student again. The support of my sempais (Japanese term for elders or seniors) and fellow classmates were crucial to my life at IUJ. Similarly, the faculty and staff of IUJ are very helpful. Professors are approachable and accommodating, while the office staff is eager to help us even with non-academic matters (e.g. travel arrangements, local events, etc). Living on campus also has a lot of great benefits. The school’s facilities such as computer rooms, network connections, online databases and the library are easily accessible to students and are very useful to my studies. 

What is your future plan? And were does IUJ fit in your plans? 
As a JDS scholar, I will definitely return to my country and continue working with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (formerly Central Bank of the Philippines). I want to apply the research skills and other knowledge I have acquired from IDP in my work. The courses I took relating to finance and economics will certainly be a big help, especially since I am working as an External Debt Specialist for the Central Bank. Furthermore, I have plans of teaching in one of the universities in my country. My master’s in International Development is essential to my plan of entering academe. 

How do you feel to study at IUJ, etc.
After a year of studying, I have become accustomed to life at IUJ and I very much appreciate my courses, the pace of life here, and the conveniences that I probably won’t get at other universities. IDP is very challenging but the rewards of learning are well worth the effort. I have learned so much at IUJ, not just about academics but also about the cultures of other people. I have acquired skills in communicating and working with a diverse community. This experience has truly enriched me in many ways.