Recently, I have been thinking about doing some graduate studies in something environmental. through distance learning. There are 3 reasons why I would choose distance learning. The first is that Japanese universities seem to be quite poorly respected around the world. Even here in Japan they have a repuation for being very easy. Students have no trouble holding down jobs while studying even difficult subjects. Something that would be difficult to say in other countries. The second reason is that one has to pass a really difficult entrance examination. High School students spend much of their last years just studying for these tests in order to get into the “better” of the universities, which is mostly in the name anyway. The third and probably most important reason is that I don’t really want to learn in Japanese. Even though I could probably make it through the course material I feel that my learning would be comprimised as I wind up looking all sorts of words up in the dictionary.
I am also not decided in what specific part of enviornmentalism I would like to study and how it could possibly tie in with the computer engineering that I already have. One possibility that does sound cool would be to study climate patterns (or the like) and ultimately tie that into doing some sort of climate modeling. That does sound cool, but sustainable development also sounds very interesting for me.
I am fairly sure that i will at least start taking courses but I am not yet decided if I want to try and make that trun into a MSc or something.
There is still a fair more to be decided.