Ds Scholarship

How a PhD can lead to an international career in academia

Professor Hitoshi Nasu graduated with a Ph.D. in 2006

With his bachelor’s and master’s degrees earned in his home country of Japan, Professor Hitoshi Nasu set his future for him – to stay in Japan and build a career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite pressure to follow this traditional path, Hitoshi made the bold decision to move to Australia to pursue further studies, graduating from Sydney Law School in 2006 with a PhD.

This move built Hitoshi to a successful academic career that spanned Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

After completing his PhD with us, Hitoshi studied at the Australian National University. He then moved to the United Kingdom, where he worked as a Professor of International Law at the University of Exeter.

Today, Hitoshi is Professor of Law at the US Military Academy and Senior Fellow at the Stockton Center for International Law, US Naval War College.

We spoke to Hitoshi about his decision to leave his comfortable home country and forge an unconventional career in academia. He shares his experience in pursuing his studies abroad and offers valuable insights to those considering an academic career.



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