留学生インタビュー

Why did you want to study in Japan?

I had already earned an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in Bangladesh and was working as a lecturer, but I wanted to study abroad so that I could do more research. I learned about the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship through the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh, applied and took the examination. I found the selection examination for this Japanese system to be very fair.

Why did you decide to enroll in Hiroshima University?

I contacted Japanese universities in search of a university in Japan where I could study. I had a difficult time finding one that would accept me since the timing was late. I had almost given up when I received an email from a professor at Hiroshima University saying he would accept me. Hiroshima University is rated highly in world university rankings. It is an excellent university.

What is your impression of Hiroshima?

I knew about Hiroshima very well. I remember very clearly a scene that I saw as a child on television that showed people placing flowers at Peace Memorial Park as offerings to A-bomb victims. I find it significant that I was able to come to Hiroshima.

What kind of problems did you encounter after
coming to Japan?Also,do you get homesick?

I attend my classes in English so I have no language-related problems in my studies. I think the biggest problem I encountered was in relation to food. Now, I order foodstuff online from a halal (meat from animals slaughtered in the ritual way prescribed by Islamic law) food shop in Tokyo. As for cooking meals, my wife takes care of that so there is no problem at all. Because the campus is located in the suburbs, bicycles are a convenient way for going to school. I did not know how to ride a bicycle when I arrived, so this posed a problem.

How are you socializing with Japanese students
at your university and others?

I am Muslim and do not drink alcohol. So, I think I tend to invite people to my home for meals. My wife has made many Japanese friends. We invite professors as well as friends from the university to our home. I live at Sun Square Higashi-Hiroshima, which is public housing operated by the Hiroshima Prefectural Housing Corporation. There are some other students from Bangladesh living there, and there are also people from Bangladesh living close by. Many of us get together from time to time. I have also participated in and enjoyed the parities organized by the university.

What is your future goal?

In doing my research in Development Economics, I am feeling how high the quality of research in Japanese universities is. My supervisor is very knowledgeable and cooperative. What is more, I can do my research in a very safe environment. I am glad that I came to Japan, and I would like to recommend coming to Japan as a foreign student to my juniors in Bangladesh. I love my country very much. I strongly hope to contribute to my country as an economist on the basis of my research here in Japan.

Uploaded on 16th April 2008