We have received a report from Dr. Wakako Maekawa, a faculty member of NUCB Undergraduate School, who presented the 4th meeting of the Research Career Network.
About the meeting held by the Research Career Network, Dr. Maekawa writes:
"This was an opportunity for me to talk to the post-graduates about my journey to the UK after a period of employment after my undergraduate degree to obtain my MA in International Relations and Ph.D. in Government from the University of Essex.
"Earning a master's degree and a doctoral degree in succession at the same overseas university is a safe environment for conducting research because you get used to the university environment, learn about the specialties of your professors, and advance to the doctoral program in a way that expands on what you learned during your master's degree. I was able to win a scholarship from the UK, and there were aspects of survival that were tough, but I was also able to work as a TA and assistant, and there was a rich environment that allowed me to learn in other aspects besides research.
"Looking back, I think I was able to obtain my doctorate thanks to the professors who guided me through the master's and doctoral programs and the workshops at the university, which strengthened my research skills. I believe that what I gained in the UK was not only a doctoral degree, but also a variety of experiences that I will be able to utilize in the future, such as research skills, educational experiences, and activities in the academic community."