留学生インタビュー

Why did you decide to come to Japan to study?

When I came to Japan for 1 month in 1997, I went sightseeing to Tokyo and Kyoto. Seeing office windows brightly lit even late at night, I was deeply impressed with the deep job devotion Japanese people possess. I then realized that Japan has developed country because of their diligent work ethic. Although Vietnam is also an Asian country, it still remains at a developing stage. I came to Japan to obtain relevant knowledge from my studies in Japan and contribute to the progress of my country after graduation.

Reason for choosing current area of specialization

My focus of study is ODA (Official Development Assistance). Among many countries that provide ODA to Vietnam, Japan is the top donor in terms of volume of ODA. Therefore, thinking that studying ODA in Japan is really important, I chose this area as my major. Vietnam still has problems about how to utilize ODA, and I hope to find more effective ways to utilize ODA through my research. Thus, the theme of my thesis is 'Analyzing the role of community participation in ODA projects addressing poverty issues'. Local people and NGOs in Vietnam have been finding it difficult to participate in ODA projects. I research on how multilateral and bilateral donors, recipient countries, international NGOs and local community could foster a stronger partnership, leading to increased effectiveness of ODA projects. I hope the results from my research would contribute beneficial to the development of my home country.

How are you spending your days as a university student in Japan?

Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, where I study, is a unique course as half of the students are foreigners. Therefore, the course has both Japanese and English classes. I am having a great time here as, while attending classes with classmates from various countries, I can learn not only my subjects but also different cultures.

Advice to foreign students coming to Japan to study

It is very important to study Japanese language properly. In my university, as many classes are held in English, lots of foreign students cannot speak Japanese and leave Japan. In my opinion, I think it is a waste, as they have come all the way to study in Japan but go back home without a basic knowledge of the local language. Bustling Japanese cities give an impression that the Japanese people are very busy and thus not available for a conversation. However, once you talk to them, they are very kind and friendly. It is important to open yourself up, make lots of Japanese friends and enjoy your stay in Japan.

Uploaded on 10th February 2003