Marie Kunimatsu

Research Interest:

  • Economics of Education, Labor Economics
  • Higher Education, TVET
  • Workforce Development,Skills, Labor Market
  • East Asia and Pacific, Africa


  • Doctoral student, GSICS, Kobe University (Apr. 2015-Mar. 2018 expected)
  • FUDAN UNIVERSITY, School of International Relations and Public AdministrationMaster of Public Administration (MPA) focused on Risk Management (Expected 2014)Thesis Topic: “Higher Education Policy and Reform under Emerging Economy –A Case of China– Sep.2013 –Jun.2013 (Expected)
  • MA in Economics, GSICS, Kobe University (Mar. 2015)
  • SOPHIA UNIVERSITY, Department of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, JapanBachelor of Education in Sociology of Education, Apr.2008 – Mar.2012


  • FHI 360, United States of America, Visiting Scholar (Jan.2014– Feb2014)
  • Kobe University Graduate School of International Coooperation Studies, Japan, Coordinator (Apr. 2013- Jul. 2013)
  • MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS, Department of Higher Education, Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Strengthening Higher Education Project (SHEP), Lao PDR, Intern (Feb.2013– Mar.2013)
  • JAPAN DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, Japan and India, Researcher (Dec.2012– Feb.2013)
  • MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS, Department of Higher Education, Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Strengthening Higher Education Project (SHEP), Lao PDR, Coordinator (Mar.2012– Jul.2012)
  • KOBE UNIVERSITY Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Japan, Coordinator (Mar.2012– Jul.2012)
  • FIELDWORK RESEARCH IN KAMPOT, Cambodia, Researcher Organizer (Dec.2011– Dec.2011)
  • GENDER ACTION PLATFORM (NGO), Intern (Sep.2011– Dec.2011)

Academic Associations

  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • Japan Society for International Development (JASID)
  • Japan Comparative Education Society

Academic Conference Presentation

  • The 49th Annual Conference of Japan Comparative Education Society, Sophia University, Japan (Jul. 2013) “The Relevance between Higher Education and Labor Market in Lao PDR”
  • The 57th Annual Conference of Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, US (Mar. 2013) “The Private of Return to Years of Schooling in Lao PDR”
  • International Conference on Education Research, Seoul National University, South Korea (Oct. 2013) “The Relevance between Higher Education and Labor Market in Cambodia –A case on Royal University of Phnom Penh–”
  • International Education Development Forum, Waseda University, Japan (Oct. 2013) “The Relationship between Higher Education and Labor Market in Cambodia”

Language/ Skills

  • English (fluent), Japanese (native), Chinese (intermediate)
  • SPSS, STATA, MS Word, Excel, Power Point

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar

When I had realized that working to improve the educational situation in developing countries would be the central focus of my life, I decided to proceed to the degree of Master in a field of educational development. In this field, I think it requires having three key areas of competence. First, understanding the real educational situation in developing countries. Second, understanding how international organizations’, bilateral organizations’, NGOs’, and governments’ works are actually put into practice. Third, having the knowledge and skills to approach education issues in developing countries by providing effective education policy with the challenging environment. From this point of view, Ogawa-seminar is perfect fit for me. Since I’ve started to learn under Professor Ogawa, I gained very rich opportunities, which offered me to get the experiences of those three key areas through presenting international conference, conducting internship, participating in field study, attending a career seminar by practitioner from international organizations, contributing to training for the officer from Ministry of Education in developing countries etc. Talking about one of my experiences, I conducted an internship in Ministry of Education and Sports in Lao PDR and working on the higher education project called “Strengthening Higher Education Project in Lao PDR” funded by Asian Development Bank. Through this experience, I could get to know how the international organization works in reality and how the government tries to approach to their educational problem. In addition, I was lucky enough to contribute to creating their midterm review report by analyzing the outcome of their project with economic approach such as the internal rate of return to education that I’ve learned through this seminar. This is just one example, but I can say that you will gain extraordinary experiences if you want. In a word, Ogawa seminar is “Karate Kid with Kung Fu Panda Philosophy”. You will know what I mean when you become a part of our seminar! Our stage is the world, see you in the big wide world!