Seven students of the MSP 6th batch were conferred master’s degrees in policy studies.

17 September, 2021

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, an online graduation ceremony was held at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).  All seven students of the MSP 6th batch were awarded master’s degrees in policy studies, completing the one-year program.

The 6th batch worked hard to write research papers, for one year, under various restrictions due to the spread of the novel corona virus infection,  They acquired advanced expertise, took lectures on international laws, maritime police policy, etc. at GRIPS and Japan Coase Guard Academy, and deepened their understanding of Japan’s coast guard system and field operations, boarding the training ship Kojima and visiting the sites of some regional coast guard headquarters through the study tour.  Furthermore, under this COVID-19 pandemic, they all lived under the same roof and worked hard while encouraging each other, which strengthened the bond bewen them, and then finally completing the program.

During their graduation ceremony, the 6th batch students beamed with a sense of accomplishment and were confident in having completed their program, even under the harsh restrictions of COVID-19.

Now they have returned to their coast guard organizations in their respective countries and are expected to contribute to maintaining maritime order based on international laws making the best use of the knowledge, experience and human network they acquired.

(*They took of face masks only during the taking of photos.)