Messages from Students & Alumni


Nigel Gavilan Rillon Class of 2013 Philippines

T he Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) gave its students the opportunity to learn about the fundamental theories in public administration, public management, and public policy. It complemented this theoretical component with intense training on quantitative methods and models, including courses in economics and statistics which involve the use of the latest statistical analysis software. Finally, elective courses allowed us to study specific topics that helped round out our education.

IUJ provided adequate facilities for study and recreation despite its secluded location. Clubs in various sports were an outlet for students wanting to take a break from their studies. There were frequent social gatherings that always welcomed anyone who happened to just pass by. In the winter, abundant snow and nearby ski resorts made for fun playgrounds despite the biting cold. 

The student body of IUJ is a mixture of individuals who come from different cultures. This diversity produced different perspectives that shine through in both academic and social discussions. I learned much from these cross-cultural interactions and have become more aware and even more curious of what other countries have to offer. The close conditions in which we students lived made these interactions regular, creating close personal connections and wide professional networks. IUJ is truly where the world gathers.

Anura H. Thawalampolage Class of 2012 Sri Lanka Ministry of Public Administration & Home Affairs

I nternational PMPP program influenced me to achieve a great metamorphosis in my professional life as a public administrator. Intellectual faculty members with diverse academic and professional experiences guided and mentored me to explore my fitness to hold the title “contemporary public manager” while helping me to fulfill the knowledge, skill and attitude gaps. My new inner sense gives me strong confidence to go back to my country as a newly born public official and drive the mechanism of public sector in my country to achieve the aspirations of its people.

Bui Thi Thu Linh

Official, Danang Department of Home Affairs
JDS Fellow, the Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) 2015-2017, International University of Japan (IUJ)

P MPP, with its experienced and enthusiastic faculty members, provided me with the fundamental knowledge in public administration, public management, and public policy as well as a wide range of academic disciplines in research methods. The program also required that I strengthen many individual and working skills such as reading, writing, data analysis, teamwork, and presentation. Since I had been flooded with reading materials, essay writing, assignments, and group work during this time, particularly in my first year, time management was the most important lesson I learned.
These tools have been useful in my current job as a Civil Servant in a local government of Vietnam, a developing country that is in the process of reforming public administration, public management, and service delivery. PMPP certainly developed my capacities to a higher level than I ever thought was possible.
I also became a socialized IUJer among the IUJ’s international community after two years. It was a memorable time spent with international friends from all around the world. We participated in social and entertainment activities such as picnics, parties, potluck dinners, sporting events, festivals, travel, and an exploration of Japanese culture. I made many great friends, including connections with professors, who provided me with a warm familial feeling in IUJ. My Facebook timeline during my second year was full of funny group photos and happy statuses. I received a sense of self-understanding through cross-culture communication and the meaningful time I spent with IUJers. It was one of my greatest decision’s to apply to PMPP. My life has been impacted and changed for the better by PMPP and IUJ.