In the seminar, we conduct various research on educational policies and plans in low- and middle-income countries. Each student has his or her own research theme and area of interest. The seminar is typically conducted in English.

Seminar members

Mater’s degree students

  • Kaho Shiraki

    Kaho Shiraki

    Hello. My name is Kaho Shiraki. I was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. I'm studying for a master's degree from April, 2021. My research theme is education for indigenous people in Peruvian Amazon. I hope my research contributes to the improvement of the quality of education in Latin America. I always enjoy learning from professor Taniguchi and studying with mates in our seminar. I'm glad to be a member of this lab. Thank you!

  • Chey Sarom

    Chey Sarom

    Hello everyone! My name is CHEY SAROM. I am from Cambodia. I work for the Internal Audit Department, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport in Cambodia. I am a master’s student at IDEC. Primary School Principal Leadership in School-Based Management (SBM) is my research topic.

  • Phan Chesda

    Phan Chesda

    My name is Phan Chesda. I am from Cambodia. I am a teacher at provincial teacher training center. I am fascinated with research on student teachers 'technology readiness in the 21st century.

  • Miao Zhining

    Miao Zhining

    Hello, my name is zhining MIAO and I am from China. I have been a research student in Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, International Education Development program since October, 2020. My interest topic is about the Current Situation of Primary Education of Migrant Workers'Children from the Perspective of Educational Equality. And will be base on the situation of my hometown,Guangdong province,China.I am really happy to join the program and hope that I can learn with Professor Taniguchi and all the seminar members. And thankful for all the kindly support. Thank you!

  • Qiu Simin

    Qiu Simin

    Hello, my name is Qiu Simin, I’m from China, I have had the experience of being a teacher in China, and I am very interested in the educational culture of other countries. There is a saying in China “When seeing a person of high caliber, strive to be his equal” I believe I can learn more from Prof.Taniguchi and seminar members. Thank you very much.

  • Kelroy Brown

    Kelroy Brown

    Hello! I am Kelroy Brown and I am from Kingston, Jamaica. I am an experienced IT professional and I have worked in the public sector in Jamaica. I am also a past participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). My research topic is influenced by my time living and working on a tiny rural island in Shimane, Japan, and focuses on education and social programs that can be used to combat depopulation. I am fortunate to have Dr. Taniguchi and many capable seniors assisting me at Hiroshima University.

  • Matthews Kamzgezge Nyirenda

    Matthews Kamzgezge Nyirenda

    I, Matthews Kamzgezge Nyirenda, am a Malawian educationist and scholar. After attaining a Teacher Training Program in 2010-2011, I taught in Primary School for four years (2013-2017). Succeeding the attainment of my Bachelor’s Degree in July 2027, I have been teaching at Secondary School (High School) in Malawi for six years (2017-2023). Concurrently, I have been working as a part time tutor in Educational Psychology, Philosophy of Education and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Malawi for three years (2021, 22, 23). Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s Degree at Hiroshima University in International Education Development Program sponsored by MEXT. My research interest condenses on “Effectiveness of qualified secondary school teachers: A case of Community Day Secondary Schools in Mzimba District, Northern Education Division of Malawi under the supervision of Taniguchi Sensei.

  • Dav Chanly

    Dav Chanly

    Here is my words”Hello Hello, I’m DAV Chanly from Cambodia. I was working as an accountant at the Department of Labor and Vocational Training in Tboung Khmum province. I will fulfill my dream at Higashihiroshima University as a master's student of GS of Humanities and Social Sciences by being supported by the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS). My occupy topic is about Gender mainstreaming of workforce empowerment on long-term basis to improve equitable quality TVET skills investment in industrial development. Thanks, Taniguchi Kyoko Sensei who chose me being your student. I am so glad to join the program and work with you all. Thanks!”

PhD candidate students

  • Vichara Lay

    Hello, I am Vichara Lay from Cambodia. I’ve been starting my Master’s at Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Educational Sciences, International Education Development Program, Hiroshima University, Japan in October, 2020. I have been supported by Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS). My interest topic is to investigate the factors influencing the student achievement based on the School Effectiveness Research models. I expect that the study may contribute to measure the target 4.1of SDG4 “ensure that equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcome”. Thank you so much!

Research students

  • Rorine Tioti

    Rorine Tioti

    Mauri and Hello! My name is Rorine Tioti from the Kiribati islands. I work in the Curriculum Development and Assessment Unit within the Ministry of Education as a Curriculum Development Officer and Coordinator of the Family Life Education (FLE) program. My research will be based on How Family Life Education affects students’ performance. FLE is a right based and gender focused approach to sexuality education and it is newly implemented in our national curriculum. I hope that this study will measure the effects of FLE in terms of reduced violence and bullying, reduced STIs, early and unintended pregnancy, promotion of healthy and respectful relationships and empowerment of young people to make informed decisions that support their academic and personal performances, well being and health. I also hope that the research will contribute to the interventions for the mentioned problems in Kiribati. I am very grateful and honored to be learning from Professor Taniguchi, and from your seminars. Thank you.

Alumni and Alumnae

  • Hikari Sakai

    Hello, My name is Hikari SAKAI. I entered Hiroshima University in April 2021. Based on my experience as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), I am interested in art education in the Republic of Benin, located in West Africa. I hope that I will be able to learn a lot with Prof. Taniguchi and seminar members. Thank you.

  • Souksamay Inthavongsa

    Hello, I am INTHAVONGSA Souksamay, I am from Laos. I have been starting my master's degree at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University in 2021. My Research is interested in Improvement the quality of teacher in multi-grade class teaching in Lao PDR. I really hope to gain more knowledge from this seminar. And very thankful for Sensei's supporting and seniors. I am very happy to be a member of this seminar.

  • Sokunpharoth Say

    Hello! My name is Say Sokunpharoth, and I am from Cambodia. I graduated from Royal University of Phnom Penh majoring in Education. Currently, I work at Planning Department in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport. In this autumn semester, I have entered Hiroshima University as a Master student under JDS scholarship and my main supervisor is Dr. Kyoko Taniguchi. My research interest is school management with community engagement contributing to student academic performance in disadvantaged area in Cambodia. In the future, I hope to gain more knowledge related to education and best practices of Japanese Education Development then build my capacity in term of government official and to be a good human resource for my country.

Master’s degree thesis titles

  • Factors Affecting Teachers’ Perception and Intervention in School Bullying in Cambodia
  • School Principal Leadership in School-Based Management Practice in Cambodia
  • Revitalizing Rural and Remote Communities in Japan: Ama Town’s Educational Strategy to Counter Depopulation
  • The New Vocational Education Law: The Willingness of Students to Choose Vocational Schools in Rural China
  • The Current Situation and Issues of Education about LGBTQ for Chinese Youth
  • The Impact of School Culture on Teacher Motivation in Secondary Schools in Malawi
  • Gender Mainstreaming of Workforce Empowerment on a Long-term Basis to Improve Equitable Quality TVET Skills Investment in Industrial Development in Cambodia
  • Exploring the Link between Family Life Education and Attitudinal Shift in High School Students
  • The School Principals’ Perfectives on the Practice of School-Based Management: Leadership Skill Needs and Challenges
  • 西アフリカの初等教育における情操教育に関する研究
  • Promotion of Arts Education in Primary School in Benin
  • Improvement the Quality of Teacher Multi-Grade Class Teaching in Lao PDR
  • The School Management with Community Engagement Contributing Student Academic Performance in Disadvantaged Area: A Case Study of Presh Vihea Provice, Cambodia
  • Implementation of School-Based Management in Cambodia
    Investigating on Technology Readiness of Student Teacher and Self-directed Learning for 21st Century

PhD dissertation titles

  • Factors Influencing in School Effectiveness and Improvement at the Micro-, Meso-, and Macro-Level in Cambodia