The students graduating from the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies start their career in a wide range of industries. Some of them find their job in a manufacturing firm, consulting firm, NGO, or government working on the environmental issues. Some find their job in information technology and financial service industry. There are also students who continue their study in the Ph.D. program to develop their expertise further.

The places of employment of our alumni in the past few years include following:

  • Accenture Japan Ltd
  • Hitachi Plant Services Co.,Ltd.
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Japan
  • Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
  • Jiji Press Ltd.
  • Rakuten, Inc.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Hokkaido Government
  • Deloitte China
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture
  • Aoyama Gakuin
  • Hitachi Plant Services Co.,Ltd.
  • NTT Data Business Brains Corporation
  • Fujitsu Cloud Technologies Limited
  • Daiwa House Industry Company, Limited
  • Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • China National Intellectual Property Administration
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Kenya Forest Service
  • China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission Hainan Bureau
  • PWC
  • EF Education First
  • FSM National Government
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kunming Administration for Market Regulation
  • Rosetta Stone Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Malawi
  • Philip Morris Japan
  • IBM Japan, Ltd.
  • Asian Development Bank Institute

Alumni Voices

Emily Yichia Chu

Intern, Sustainability team, PWC, Japan

M.A., Graduated in 2020

Studying in GENV was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My friends and family were shock when I decided to quit a promising job and go back to be a student. After I started at GENV, I knew I made the right choice. GENV opened many new doors in my life. This program gave us many opportunities and freedom to explore in areas we are interested in. It also opened our perspectives by bringing people with diverse backgrounds into the classrooms and taking students to eye-opening study trips both around Japan and the world. What I received from GENV was not only a diploma, but life changing experiences that made me ready to face new challenges in life.

Yuchao Yang

Principal Staff Member, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission Hainan Bureau, China

M.A., Graduated in 2020

Studying at GENV, Sophia University was one of the precious experiences that I had in my life. Learning from competent professors gave the opportunity to enhance my understanding of environmental issues and sustainable lifestyles. Moreover, classmates from different countries gave me the international learning platform, which I believe is very important in this era of globalization. Additionally, field-study trips organized by GES exposed me practically, providing a strong knowledge of environmental issues which no books can provide. I believe not only the knowledge that we gain in campus that matters but also the way of thinking critically and expressing ourselves is important. GENV has also nurtured my way of thinking and shaped me to be a responsible person in life. In coming days, I will utilize my gained knowledge towards the betterment of this world, I will give my bit, what about you?

Salanieta Tuisuva

Lecturer in Environmental Science, Fiji National University, Fiji

M.A., Graduated in 2019

The most important thing taken from my experience at the GES was to view global environmental issues from various perspectives and learning to be independent. I also learnt to challenge my own opinions and the education which I had once perceived as infallible. Currently Fiji is undergoing changes impacting the natural environment that we have relied on for centuries. However, I will be forever grateful and would love to say “Arigato Gozaimasu” (meaning “Thank you” in Japanese) to the great minds that not only create hope but ignite and instill in me the love of finding solutions that will help engineer a way forward for my beloved and beautiful Fiji.

Wen Xueqian

Principal Staff Member, Tianjin Bureau of Commerce, China

M.A., Graduated in 2019

Walking through Sophia campus, I feel the campus is not big but diverse, as students with different faces get together here. Studying at the GES, I expanded my vision and increased my academic ability. Professors always encourage students to be creative, discuss, and share how they think about the SDGs and environmental issues. Moreover, students with different backgrounds share interesting and meaningful opinions, some of which I didn’t consider before. What impressed me is the integration of the academic research and practical knowledge. The GES organizes lots of field study trips covering a series of environmental topics. The knowledge as well as the skills I learned is good reference to my work.

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Career Center

The Sophia Career Center supports students' job-seeking activities and helps them to explore career opportunities. The Center offers various seminars, guidance and individual counseling sessions for students. It also provides many programs for international students who would like to find a job in Japan.

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