Research Interest

  • Quantitative Analysis Using Large-scale International Assessment, Early Grade Reading Assessment, Noncognitive Skills


  • Master of International Studies, Kobe University (Mar. 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Soka University (Mar. 2012)


  • Intern at Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda (Aug.-Oct. 2014)
  • Student coordinator for Training and Dialogue Program organized by Kansai International Center of Japan International Cooperation Agency, “Education Administration and Finance: Focused on Quality and Equity of Basic Education” (Jun.-Jul. 2013, Nov.-Dec. 2013, Jun.-Jul. 2014)
  • Intern at Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda (Sep.-Oct. 2013)


  • Matsuura, R. (2012). Evaluation of Methods of Study on Photodegradation of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter in the Coastal Region at Sagami Bay”, Soka University.

Academic Associations

  • Japan Comparative Education Society
  • Japan Society for International Development

Academic Conference Presentations

  • Matsuura, R. “Early Grade Learning in Uganda”, Proposal presented at the 13th Africa Educational Research Forum, Osaka University, Japan, April, 2014. (E)
  • Matsuura, R. “Assessment of 21st Century Skills”, Proposal presented at the International Education Development Forum 2013, Hiroshima University, Japan, December, 2013. (E)
  • Matsuura, R. “An Analysis of a Relationship between Literacy Competences of Pupils and the Internal Efficiency and Effectiveness Outcomes of Primary Education System in Uganda”, Proposal presented at the 12th Africa Educational Research Forum Waseda University, Japan, October, 2013. (E)
  • Matsuura, R. “Impact of Literacy Competences on the Achievement of Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Education System in Uganda”, Paper presented at the 14th International Conference on Education Research, Seoul National University, South Korea, October, 2013. (E)

Language/ Skills

  • Japanese (Native), English (Fluent)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar

I pursued a master’s course in order to clarify my career vision and to cultivate my expertise as a practitioner in the field of educational development. I have been making use of Ogawa seminar’s precious opportunities such as meeting experts and practical experiences as the key milestones to achieve these purposes.

Currently, more than 50 students belong to Ogawa seminar and half of the students are international students drawn from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kyrgyz, Lao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen. Most of them have practical knowledge based on their working experiences in various institutions such as Ministry of Education, international organizations, and international NGOs. Therefore, Ogawa seminar provides you a good learning environment not only to acquire knowledge and skills but also to broaden your knowledge nationally and internationally. In addition, seminar students have opportunities to learn from internationally recognized and respected lecturers and Ogawa seminar alumni with rich practical experiences. Moreover, Prof. Ogawa provides us with real opportunities of conducting internship in national and international institutions. Through Prof. Ogawa, students can take part in internship, field study at Washington DC, organize/ coordinate events, and get actively involved in his research projects. On a personal note, the experiences of working as a student coordinator during JICA group training and internship in Uganda helped me to enrich my understanding of the operations/ roles of these organizations.

The opportunities above will support you to clarify your career vision and to enhance your capacity for work. I am looking forward to seeing you. Let us make our dreams come true together.