Saltanat Boteu (NipCA SPJES 2019)
One of the main reasons for entering the program at the University of Tsukuba was its focus on Sustainable Development Goals. It seems to me that the program was a quintessence of my interests – social science research, sustainable development, and Japanese culture. The one year and a half I spent as a student of the NipCA project was a life-changing experience. In addition to the knowledge gained during classes, I had a chance to participate in study tours and see the implementation of sustainable development goals on practice visiting recycling sites, farms, and historical sites across Japan. I have no doubt that the program became an essential step for my personal and professional growth.
Currently, I serve as a volunteer (UNV) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan in the Communications Unit. During a year in the position of Communications Specialist, I got a chance to familiarize myself with the projects the organization implements in Kazakhstan. The country office mainly focuses on gender equality, energy efficiency, climate change, biodiversity conservation, social protection, and effective governance among many other areas of work. A glimpse into the sustainable development approach in Japan and Kazakhstan gave me an impression of a holistic approach that helps people move towards common goals.
I’m deeply grateful for all the opportunities I got in the study program in Japan and the opportunities I got thanks to the program after graduation. I already got contacted by three bright people who were interested in the NipCA program. It makes me happy to share information and support prospective students of Tsukuba University.