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Miyo Hanazawa. Miyo Hanazawa

MA International Development Management (2004 – 2005)

I studied at Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID), which is now known as Development and Economic Studies (DES), from September 2004 and graduated in December 2005. I majored in International Development Management (M.A.). Through this course, I learned how to plan, manage and analyze development projects, a number of issues in development theories and policies as well as various methods for carrying out researches. The course has given me an opportunity to become familiar with ongoing efforts to tackle the existing problems in the world and also to meet and deepen exchanges with people with different backgrounds, ideas and opinions which has helped to broaden my perspectives.

After my graduation from the university, I was given an opportunity to work as an intern at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Regional Center in Bratislava, Slovakia. Placed in the Communication Unit of the Center, I assisted in the organization of various UN events, prepared and delivered press-releases, and maintained contacts with the media, other UN agencies, embassies and companies on a regular basis. The internship has been very beneficial in the sense that I worked for the UN, one of the key players in the field of international development, and learned how such a large organization can have impacts on countries in need and their development.

Miyo Hanazawa. Following my experience at UNDP, I joined Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and was dispatched to Venezuela where I worked with a Caracas-based environmental NGO in effort to raise environmental awareness in villages and small towns near the capital city. My job was to plan, organize and carry out projects, workshops, environmental events, community meetings and social surveys as a project coordinator. Venezuela suffers from continuous economic and political instabilities, which have led to the increase in the gap between the rich and poor, worsening of public order and security, and neglect or disinterest toward the preservation of the natural environment. It was a challenge to work in such an environment; however, it was in Venezuela, in particular, where my studies at University of Bradford became of great assistance and advantage.

Currently, I am working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as a coordinator of a technical cooperation project financed by JICA. The aim of the project is to build the research capacity of Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, a leading university in Vietnam, and to strengthen the university and community linkage. For the next two years that I will be working in this country, I am sure to come across problems and challenges. However, I am certain that every experience is and will be meaningful and I am thankful for the opportunity and skills that BCID has given me in order to stand where I stand today.

Received: 2009