17 June 2019

My UEA Story: Yukari

Advice to prospective students: 

I think UEA is the best place if you want to study in a cosmopolitan environment with students who have various backgrounds. Discussion from various perspectives and safe atmosphere which respects the view of each student can expand each student’s view.

Regarding academic learning skills, I’d advise the basic skills of academic writing and reading of academic journals. Even though UEA provides many academic support, I saw some international students had difficulties to get used to the practice of academic English in early stage after the first semester began. In my case, learning an INTO pre-masters course helped me a lot to follow the lectures and seminars at an early stage.

Advice to current students: 

Since I did not have any experience in the field of Development, I was overwhelmed by the broadness of the field. Narrowing the focus of interest through daily reading, lectures and seminars, coursework and dissertation helped me decide the direction of the future.

I think it is important to as accept much support as you can get. Not only academic support which the university provides, but also support from fellow students is very meaningful. In my case, I shared to and asked advice from my course mates and friends about questions found in lectures, dissertation topic and future career. Sometimes I could solve the issue by myself after talking to them, and other times their opinion from various perspectives helped me to find the way.

I enjoyed close communication with lecturers, which contributed greatly to academic growth. Because UEA lecturers were all very supportive, I often discussed with them about my ideas when I worked on essays and presentation of coursework. Feedback on coursework also led to my deeper understanding of learning and expanded my perspective.

It was also great for us to have many opportunities to think about future career. Some lecturers often set talk sessions with alumnus and practitioners working in development field. We were also provided various practical seminars and workshops by external lecturers. Through taking these opportunities, I could find out my core pillars to decide future career, which were humanitarian emergency affair and education and child protection in emergency. 

Another favourite memory of UEA is spending fun times with friends, which always relaxed me and energized me. Having coffee and eating dinner with course mates and flat mates, joining bible club, going for pub crawl…all these things relieved stress from intensive study. Since everyone has very different background, I always made a new discovery in conversation.

Current career: Program Officer of HEA (Humanitarian & Emergency Affair) Unit, Program/Operation Dept., World Vision Japan 













もうすでにUEAで勉強される予定の方は、できる限りacademic Englishの基本を学んでおくのもよいと思う。UEAでは留学生のためのacademic supportもとても充実しているが、修士課程では始まってすぐに授業が本格化するため、日本人に限らず留学生の中には、慣れないacademic journalの読み方、エッセイの書き方に慣れるのに苦労している人も多かった。私の場合は、修士課程準備コースで学んだことが、最初授業についていく際にとても役に立ったと感じている。 








<卒業生の声 3: 岩間 縁さん MA Education and Development> 





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