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Student testimonials

Over the years, our alumni have put to use the skills they gained at APU and continue to shape the world in a variety of different ways. Here are a few testimonials of APU’s graduate students.

Graduate School of Management (MBA) ▼

  • Taurai Chinyamakobvu (Zimbabwe)

    Morse Caoagas Flores    Graduate School of Management
       MBA Program

    From APU's MBA program, I learned about Japanese culture and how business is conducted in Japan. I am now a consultant to Japanese companies conducting business in Africa, and I also work closely with the Embassy of Japan as Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe-Japan Alumni Association. The African continent is growing rapidly, and thanks to the skills I acquired at APU, I am one of the active members of this new development.

  • Feng Xiaoyu (China)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Management
       MBA Program

    I am extremely proud to be part of the Bandai Namco Group today. It has always been one of my dreams to work at this company. To help me achieve this dream, I chose to get my MBA at APU, as the program mainly focuses on the study of Japanese corporations and business companies. The unique international aspect of APU also greatly helped me, as I developed multicultural communication skills. These skills are put to use in my daily work as I am required to conduct negotiations successfully and lead problem-solving initiatives. The MBA program not only helped me gain confidence, but gave me the ability to develop the necessary business skills for our dynamic global society.

  • Anod Kumar Rai (India)

    Morse Caoagas Flores    Graduate School of Management
       MBA Program

    The MBA program teaching style is interactive with weekly discussions, presentations, and reports. Also, the optional Japanese language classes helped me adapt to a new environment. Overall, this knowledge helped me to quickly transition to my current role in the IT services sector in Tokyo. I am sure APU will continue to provide its students with the tools they need to create a brighter future for years to come.

  • Piotr Halys (Poland)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Management
       MBA Program

    From a European point of view, Japan is seen as an exotic study destination ー but I quickly realized that moving to Japan and studying my MBA at APU was one of the best choices in my life. Through this program I was able to learn about Japanese management, international business and various cultures of Asian countries. My time spent in Japan gave me a deep understanding about the importance of quality, spirit of long-lasting relationships, and collaboration with others.

  • Rashmi Kumari (India)
    Kylie Pearce

       Graduate School of Management
       MBA Program

    When I was looking for an MBA program, I found APU among the top twenty business schools in the field of international management in East Asia. With a background in Japanese language and prior experience living in Japan during my undergraduate study, I opted for APU’s MBA program because of the availability of English instruction and various scholarship opportunities provided to me.

    With countless careers options emerging in the globalized world, APU prepared us —the future managers—to understand and appreciate different cultures. My classmates at APU come from all corners of the globe, which fosters a strong community that shares, discovers and learns together.

  • Nicholas John Nderungo (Tanzania)
    John Mungai

       Graduate School of Management
       MBA Program

    It is a wonderful and unique experience studying in Japan, precisely as a graduate student of APU. The MBA program here provides me with a global understanding of business as well as in-depth study of the Japanese Management style. My study focuses on innovation and operation management and I am confident that the knowledge I acquire in this program will equip me with an alternative set of skills and the creativity necessary to solve world business concerns.

    The campus provides an amazing environment with modern facilities and a diverse student body from over eighty countries. There are also numerous opportunities for interaction that support both academic and social life with fellow students and faculty. During my studies, I have also enjoyed traveling around Japan and this has greatly helped me in becoming a well-rounded person.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master's) ▼


International Relations (IR)

  • Dinar Swastiningtyas Theosa (Indonesia)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
       International Relations

    APU’s GSA program has provided me with outstanding experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Not only do courses in the International Relations (IR) division challenge me to think in-depth and analytically about current international affairs, the multicultural environment allows me to do so with a worldwide network of friends and classmates whose different perspectives are precious learning resources during classroom discussions. Additionally, the ample opportunities for research funding and assistance have given me the invaluable experience of presenting my research at reputable international conferences around the world. I am constantly enriched by the academic setting here at APU, whose embrace of global values inspires me to approach both my research — and my personal life — from multiple perspectives. I feel that the master`s program here is not only helping to shape me into who and what I want to be, but also preparing me thoroughly for my next journey.

Society and Culture (SC)

  • Nhu Ngoc Nguyen (Viet Nam)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
       Society and Culture

    Every choice we make is a step on the path of self-discovery. Whether or not to pursue a degree in higher education, when and where to do so, and under whose guidance - these are choices that, when made wisely, can enable self-betterment and shape future visions in one’s chosen profession. The choice to join the Society and Culture division at APU’s Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies has not only given me the chance to pursue my master’s degree, but has also acquainted me with the right people who support me unfailingly and help recognize my passions, strengths, and weaknesses. While professional consultation is always available when needed, I appreciate that in our division we are encouraged to explore and develop our research freely and independently. The program duration of two years is indeed short, but filled with rewarding experiences, valuable lessons, and cherished memories with professors and friends. It is a choice that I'm proud of making, for it has made me a better person - rich in knowledge and gratitude.


International Public Administration (IPA)

  • Swe Sett (Myanmar)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       International Public Administration

    I’ll never forget my life at APU, which was full of exciting academic challenges and deep satisfaction with the unique multicultural environment. During my time as a student in the master’s program for International Cooperation Policy, I was able to create strong bonds with friends and colleagues all over the world — a personal network of accomplished professionals that I am still a part of today. After graduating under the expert guidance of my professors, I accomplished my dream of rejoining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country as a diplomat. I am now serving as First Secretary in Myanmar’s embassy in Washington DC, USA. The real-world experience, knowledge, and awareness of international issues that I obtained through my studies at APU are invaluable to me as they have proven to be essential tools in my career in international diplomatic relations. I am very grateful for and will always remember my dear professors and classmates at APU.

Public Health Management (PHM)

  • Sisca Wiguno (Indonesia)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Public Health Management

    Thanks to the nature of my work in the humanitarian field, I am exposed to a variety of cultures from many different countries on a regular basis. But at no other point in my life, however, have I encountered such sheer diversity and inclusiveness as I did in the APU community. My interactions with colleagues and professors from all over the world in APU’s friendly and progressive learning environment sharpened my knowledge of global affairs and increased my understanding of public-health related issues. As there is currently a shift in the focus of public health intervention toward middle-income populations and developed countries due to challenges such as non-communicable diseases and the decline of healthy cities, the knowledge of and exposure to these realities gained through my research in the Public Health Management program at APU have been indispensable in advancing my career. After graduation, I had the chance to work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) as a medical coordinator in Iran and as a deputy medical coordinator in Pakistan. Now, I have the honor of working with UNICEF as a health officer for malaria and EPI interventions.

Sustainability Science (SS)

  • Malili Nair (Fiji)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Sustainability Science

    My time at APU has been one of the most significant milestones in my career. Its culture and its location have proven to be a boon to me both professionally and academically. I have been able to get to know professors and peers from various backgrounds and with different expertise while taking in APU’s beautiful natural surroundings, with the added benefit of being assisted in my daily life by APU’s engaging staff. I will never forget the relaxed and secluded learning environment of APU, with its globally connected and yet accessible social setting. The diversity of students, faculty and staff at APU is a resource that has allowed me to grow as a person, to see myself contrarily, and to be self-governing in my academic and social life. My experiences here have allowed me to strengthen the relationship between Fiji and Japan, and I hope one day to raise the educational standards of the Asia Pacific region in general. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of APU.

  • Ariane Albers (Germany)
    Jun Hu (David)

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       IMAT Program

    The two-year IMAT graduate program broadened my horizons, reaching beyond the conventional boundaries of discipline, culture and business. IMAT provides a unique theoretical and practical setting within small-sized classes, enriched by valuable debates and input on sustainability issues and challenges. This included looking at issues such as management practices and policy aspects of waste and wastewater management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and technology from different perspectives. Thus we were encouraged to develop critical and holistic thinking skills as well as problem-solving capabilities tailored to specific projects or situations. From this study, I learned to view things differently and to see potentials and opportunities in every challenge to move towards more sustainable development. Also, I appreciated the international and multicultural integration of the program offered both in Japan and Germany. I personally valued meeting people from different parts of the world which boosted my intercultural competence and open-mindedness to succeed in today’s global community.

Tourism and Hospitality (TH)

  • Pimlada Bunthornwan (Thailand)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Tourism and Hospitality

    Studying tourism as a master’s student at APU has given me a greater understanding of the current state of international tourism — and what potential it holds — through an emphasis on the connection between local and global stakeholders. My astute and resourceful professors take advantage of APU’s location in Beppu, as it is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in all of Japan, by drawing upon on the robust local tourist industry for their course material. We as students are encouraged to draw from such sources, but also expand our sights to incorporate global dimensions in our research; this is in turn facilitated by the range and depth of specializations and expertise of our professors. Another layer in APU’s education exists thanks to the global student body, as I have daily opportunities to discuss various topics and issues with classmates from different countries from all over the world. This has enabled me to view my own studies through countless perspectives and to truly appreciate the unity that results from diversity, both on campus and in the tourism industry itself. I am very thankful for being a part of this strong and multicultural community at APU.

  • Ri Sil Park (South Korea)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Tourism and Hospitality

    Studying at APU significantly impacted my life. Under the division of Tourism and Hospitality in International Cooperation Policy, I studied and researched destination development and tourism policy. Through this, I learned the importance of policies and how to apply the ideas of tourism into destination and regional development. Furthermore, the environment at APU taught me how to shape my own world in a multicultural society by interacting with people from various countries. As a result of active participation in several school activities, I realized that mutual understanding can only happen when we accept the differences of each other and seek ways to work and live together. I believe APU is the perfect place where you can experience a real global society!

Development Economics (DE)

  • Mirna G. De La Portilla F. (Mexico)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Development Economics

    Studying my Master’s degree at APU was a life changing experience. While at APU I had the opportunity to meet, and more importantly work with, people from many different countries. The worldviews of the people I met made me revalue and expand my own range of thought. After graduating from APU, I began working as a coordinator in the Secretariat of Human Development of my local government. I organized and implemented Social Programs and workshops such as: FORTAMUN 2015 - Gender Equality, which consisted of workshops, citizen forums, and awareness campaigns, impacting around 4,500 woman in the City of Altamira. The knowledge and experience I gained from interacting with many different people while at APU allowed me to work more effectively within my local government. The knowledge and social capital I was able to build within APU, along with the opportunities I was given to experience the intricacies of enriching cultures with unique people from all parts of the world, is something that I will forever be grateful to APU and Beppu for.

  • Felix Besseah (Ghana)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Development Economics

    As an APU student, I found that the genuinely international and multicultural environment that the university offered greatly influenced students’ intercultural communication abilities and contributed immensely to our personal development and leadership potential. This type of interactive relationship also existed between students and faculty in the Development Economics division, which resulted in a positive rapport that contributed to the development of students’ research topics as well as created a strong sense of community. My APU experience helped to increase my research capabilities and apprised me of beyond-the-classroom opportunities such as international mentorship programs. These skills I obtained were even further enhanced by serving as both a teaching assistant and a research assistant. Even as a master’s student, I was eligible and encouraged to present my own research at international conferences, which proved an invaluable means towards improving my research methods. Should you choose to study at APU, you can be confident that the program will draw out your leadership abilities and help you stand out as a global leader wherever your career path leads you.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Doctoral) ▼

  • Dr. Rahimi Farid Ahmad Farzam (Afghanistan)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       Doctoral Program

    The Ph.D. program at APU provided me with outstanding doctoral training. Having access to high tech learning materials and equipment helped me conduct highly productive research. In addition, I was given both the encouragement and the financial support to focus on publishing and presenting my research at several conferences held in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. I was very impressed with the Ph.D. curriculum, research subsidies, and annual AP Conference—an event held on campus that provides invaluable opportunities for Ph.D. students to gain greater expertise in their fields and create worldwide academic networks. Thanks to APU’s diverse community, I also had the opportunity to exchange academic ideas and perspectives with highly-respected professors from all over the world throughout my journey.

  • Xiaolong Zou (China)
    Jun Hu (David)

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       Doctoral Program

    After finishing the APU’s dual degree program and half a year of working in Beijing, I returned to APU to embark on the Ph.D. endeavor. My research focuses on understanding and evaluating sustainable urban development models such as eco-cities, low-carbon cities and smart cities in Asia.

    APU offers a great platform for my research and provides useful database access and abundant literature collections. I have excellent working relationships with supervising faculty and research support staff, which greatly boosts my academic performance and results.

    I enjoy the multicultural campus here at APU, and constantly get inspired by conversing with my fellow colleagues from different disciplines. This has been a valuable experience for me both as a student and a researcher.

Career Opportunities

Graduate students have access to and support from a worldwide network which consists of international heads of state, ambassadors and industry leaders (Advisory Committee), distinguished researchers from around the world (Academic Advisors) and institutions associated with APU’s faculty members. This network also includes APU alumni who are spread across the world working in an array of fields and industries. Utilizing this network is indispensable for our students’ careers.

Numerous seminars, workshops and presentations by professionals working in the field today give students a clear picture of the kind of career options available to them, skills employers look for and the type of work that suits them best. Faculty and students also provide various consultation services to local industries and have the opportunity to interact with executives at the front lines of change.

Many international and Japanese companies and organizations find APU’s international students highly employable with their multilingual skills and in-depth knowledge of their chosen field. As a result, more than 350 companies visit APU’s campus specifically to recruit students every year. APU offers detailed career education and training to all students throughout their period of study.

  • Proficiency in Japanese language is often a prerequisite for those seeking employment in Japan.

Sample Internships

  • Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Arcterus Co., Ltd.
  • Asian Development Bank, Philippines
  • Catalyst K.K.,
  • Convention Linkage, Inc.
  • Fisco Japan Co., Ltd
  • Japan Tourism Marketing Co.
  • Lenovo, China
  • Oita Transportatation Co. Ltd.
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers Co., Ltd
  • United Nations ESCAP, Thailand
  • United Nations University
  • Voith Fuji Hydro K.K.,

Sample Careers

Academic Career
  • Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines
  • De La Salle University, Philippines
  • Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
  • National University of Laos, Laos
  • University of Economics and Law, Vietnam
  • Takming University of Science, Taiwan
Government Offices
  • The Embassy of Angola Japan
  • The Embassy of Mexico in Japan
  • Consulate of the Republic of Mauritius
  • Prime Minister’s Office, Kingdom of Tonga
  • Prime Minister's Office, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Kudus Local Government, Indonesia
  • Noawi Local Government, Indonesia
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Republic of Tajikistan
  • Ministry of Education, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia
  • Ministry of Finance, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Ministry of Finance, Republic of Tajikistan
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
  • Ministry of Health, Mongolia
  • Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Tonga
  • National Bureau of Statistics, China
Companies and Organizations
  • Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Japan
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan
  • Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Indonesia
  • Ecopetrol S.A., Columbia
  • Ericsson Japan
  • Fobang Foundation Cameroon
  • GUCCI Group Japan
  • Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan K.K., Japan
  • Hikari Kikai Seisakusho Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Industrial Decision Inc.
  • Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Kenya
  • Japan Tourism Marketing Co., Japan
  • Komatsu Ltd. Japan
  • KUMON Educational Japan Co., Ltd.
  • La Casa del Jade, Guatemala
  • Marubeni Corp Japan
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres, Hong Kong
  • MISYS Plc. South Africa
  • Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Japan
  • NHK (Japan Broadcasting Cooperation)
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan
  • NTT Communications, Japan
  • Panasonic Corporations, Japan
  • Sumitomo Corporation Bureau de Liaison a Antananarivo
  • UN Headquarters in New York
  • UNICEF Cambodia Office
  • Vietnam Airlines