How a doctorate can lead to an international career in academia


Professor Hitoshi Nasu, obtained his doctorate in 2006

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees obtained in his home country of Japan, Professor Hitoshi Nasu had his future mapped out for him – staying in Japan and pursuing a career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite the pressure to follow this conventional path, Hitoshi made the bold decision to move to Australia to continue his education, where he graduated from Sydney Law School in 2006 with a doctorate.

This decision enabled Hitoshi to have a successful academic career in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

After completing his doctorate with us, Hitoshi taught at Australian National University. He then moved to the UK where he was Professor of International Law at the University of Exeter.

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

We spoke to Hitoshi about his decision to leave the comforts of his home country and embark on an unconventional career in academia. He shares his experience of pursuing studies abroad and provides valuable information for those considering an academic career.

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