Alumni Voices

Ms. Rieska Wulandari from INDONESIA (Cohort 21 / 2015-2017)

This program is exceptional in terms of a combination between courses held at Keio University and practicum organized by The National Tax Agency. This approach is considered relevant for developing our knowledge in taxation as it complements lectures with field practice. At Keio University, we obtain guidance from Professors with years of experience in taxation, public policy, public finance and economics. The lectures sharpened my understanding of the unique process of economic development in Japan and its policies to maintain the sustainability of tax revenue. At the same time, the intensive course organized by the National Tax Agency of Japan brings us together with colleagues from other universities. Variety of nationalities in class brought me chance to have enjoyable discussions and exchanging ideas. Despite our differences and backgrounds, we enrich ourselves with many issues from different perspectives. I am very blessed to receive generous guidance from the professors and warm assistance from the International Center as I spent my study in Japan. I would not hesitate to recommend this program to those seeking ideas to improve the performance of tax authority.

Ms. Teopolina Shiwoomwenyo AMUPOLO    from NAMIBIA (Cohort 20 / 2015-2016)

This program is the best in the world, with a long standing tradition of excellence. It is more of a strategic academic program, which I believe was designed to boosting knowledge based on taxation. The program equips students with high quality course work and a comprehensive background on a wide range of subjects related to economics, taxation and management which is also complemented by a number of seminars such as Advance Studies in Taxation and Economic Policies and Seminar in Public Finance. It also offers an interesting practicum coordinated by the National Tax Agency of Japan that engage students both practically and theoretically by which we were afforded an opportunity to grasp the entire picture of how Japan administer taxes.

The program was indeed unique and also exciting. It has provided us with the best venue to gain industrial insight, evaluate our passion, interests and analyze how taxation will positively impact our countries’ industrial and economic development. Moreover, we have experienced the best Professors and I have now perceived Keio University as an opportunity which is more than just studying, but a way to transform my own vision for the world, share my dreams, and exchange perspectives with other students as well as a chance to broaden my horizons and shape my future goals.

Mr. Ivan Tjikutirua HIJARUNGURU    from NAMIBIA (Cohort 19 / 2014-2015)

This program is an exciting program tailored to meet the needs of tax administrators. The program provides an integrated view of the ever changing dynamic field of taxation. What makes the program exciting is the two tier approach of theoretical studies in tandem to the Practicum offered by the National Tax Agency. The broad organization of theoretical courses offered by Keio University are carefully designed to equip one with economics, taxation and management skills amongst others, through interactive lessons and class seminars.

By the end of one’s two year stay, the program will have taken you through an intensive pedagogy of research work and presentations, giving you a panoramic view of global economic policy formation and implementations, which is highly beneficial to us from developing countries. Thus, any aspiring tax administrator who wishes to broaden his/her skills horizon, stands to be greatly rewarded as this program have come of age over the last two decades and rank high amongst any others as it continues to  deliver.

Mr. Bilal HASSAN    from PAKISTAN (Cohort 17 / 2012-2013)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program-Master’s Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management at Keio University is extremely valuable for tax professionals. Both theoretical and practical dimensions of the program fully cater to the capacity-building requirements of the participants, who are provided high-quality interdisciplinary training in the field of taxation and management combining the disciplines of economics, public finance, and domestic and international taxation. The program helps the participants to undertake meaningful research under the supervision of distinguished professors.

Additionally, participants get the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops and are exposed to a multicultural environment, which will expand their intellectual abilities. Thus, the whole program goes a long way in boosting the confidence and developing the professional skills of the participants.
Learning new skills and becoming more resourceful, the participants will be able to contribute toward improving taxation policy and management in their home countries. I therefore strongly encourage tax professionals from developing countries to participate and benefit from this high-quality program. 

Ms. Arieta Laisani RAITAMATA    From FIJI ISLANDS (Cohort 16 / 2011-2012)

The Joint Japan World Bank program at Keio University was structured in a way with classes basically centered around or related to our daily taxation work.  We enjoyed preparing for seminar presentations which has also led to most of us gaining the confidence to stand before a group of people, and upgrading our presentation skills. Preparing for term papers has assisted us in developing research skills. The caliber of the respectful professors had us in awe as they related their work experiences, their work papers to the presentations and discussions creating lively classroom discussions.

The program is a unique one in that classes were also conducted by the officials of the National Tax Agency running simultaneously with the Keio University classes. This made our mutual interest in tax  more refreshed and exciting when the opportunity to learn the Japanese way of tax administration, visiting the various Japanese specialized tax offices,  the  sharing of knowledge and experiences with Japanese and other tax officials from other developing nations ( from the other universities) arose.
We certainly benefitted in a big way through this exposure and training academically and practically. Lastly, we adored the university’s hospitality, the Professors and the International Centers’ kind assistance, the respect and care that they accorded us. We certainly enjoyed our studies at Keio University and our stay in Japan.

Mr. Ari Cahyo TRILAKSANA    from INDONISEA (Cohort 15 / 2010-2011)

This program provides a comprehensive learning because the class are held not only at Keio but also at the National Tax College (NTC).  In both classes, we were taught by professors who has expertise in their fields.  We discussed a lot at Keio, while at the same time we joined with the National Tax Agency (NTA) officials to watch and to learn a day-to-day operation.  This model of learning enriches my mind with theoretical and practical knowledge both on tax policy and tax administration.

Having discussion with colleagues from many different developing countries made me realize that every country is unique in their taxation.  Combining with the Japanese experience, I had a great chance to analyze and to take not only the best practice but also the most suitable model to be implemented in my country.  For those who are interested in upgrading their creative minds in taxation, I strongly encourage them to apply for this program at Keio University.

Mr. Harischandra DHAKAL    from NEPAL (Cohort 12 / 2007-2008)

Keio Classrooms are conducive. In a small cohort, comprising 5-10 students in a classroom, we can easily maintain close relationship among the friends and distinguished professors. Professors are concerned not only with our study but also with our daily life in Japan especially during initial days. During final six months, professors' guidance and follow up for writing master thesis was beyond my expectations. In addition, prompt response and help from International Center eased my life in Japan.

I believe that the focus of the course on taxation policy and public finance has directly supported the career of the participating scholars and their country's development efforts. It was a great experience to stay in Japan and study in Keio University.

Mr. Nazarali Norbaev    from UZBEKISTAN (Cohort 9 / 2004-2005)

Even a good tax system will not function without well-trained tax specialists. This is why training the staff is very important.

In this regard, the current JJ/WBGSP scholarship program at Keio is very precious opportunity for developing countries.
Academic training at Keio has enhanced my practical, analytical and implementation skills and knowledge. Keio University’s superior facilities have provided a wonderful place of learning, and its library has provided an inexhaustible source of reference material. In classes, I have learned how to apply basic economic theory to investigate tax issues from various points of view and to grasp multifold effect of taxation on the economy. With advanced instruction provided by professors, my research topic has a practical and applied orientation, focusing on analysis of existing public policy issues of my country. This has proven to be a valuable experience.

Mr. George Williams RUJUMBA    from UGANDA (Cohort 4 / 1999-2000)

The course moulds you into a different person by the time you go through the first year. The small size of the class gives you the chance to develop close relationships with your colleagues and professors, and the international composition of the students means that you have the chance to internationalize your perception of taxation issues and learn from the experience of other countries. Come and meet the friendly professors and course administrators at the International Center who are so good that you feel at home away from home. You will undoubtedly like your experience at Keio.