Tomoya Ichikawa

MSc ICTs for Development

Why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester? 

I’m Japanese who has a background of ICT and International Development (SAP Japan/JICA volunteer in Senegal). To expand my career in the field of international development and business in developing countries, I was looking for postgraduate program. In addition, I wanted to improve my language skill and gain professional knowledge. My first choice was top universities in francophone (Paris/Geneva) to improve my English and French. However, the programs are only focus on international development so that I decided to focus on ICTs for Development. In this field, Prof. Richard Heeks at The University of Manchester is one of the most famous professors in the world. That’s why I chose this program. 

Why did you choose your particular course?

Basically, same as above. In addition, I have met some Japanese graduates of same program working as a professional in this field. The conversation and recommendation from them supported my decision.


Was your degree funded by a scholarship or donor? 

Rotary foundation has selected me as a global grant scholar and supported my fees, accommodation, food, transportation etc. I cannot express my gratitude to them, and I was not able to go to The University of Manchester due to financial reason without their support.

What is your best memory from your time at Manchester?

Welcoming ceremony - I met professors and classmates first time and excited my new journey at Manchester

Field trip - Escaped from freezing Manchester and refreshed at warm Cape town. 

GDI closing party - After the end of 2nd semester, we have shared the feeling of achievement.

Do you have any tips or advice for current or prospective students?  

The University is the place for learning but not alone. You can share your progress and emotion with academic staffs and classmates. There are so much tools and ways to learn something through books and internet so please think what the things are possible by staying on campus.