Akina Ueno

Akina Ueno


I’ve started my career in Education as a high school teacher in Japan, then shifted my focus in education and development in South East Asia, especially Mekong countries. My personal and professional interest is quality of education at classroom/school level, such as teacher training and pedagogy for 21st century skills or non-cognitive, transversal skills. Teacher education and the policies are the area I’ve wanted to engage in, but currently I’m working on the support of large scale learning assessment through UNICEF to the government of the Lao PDR.


There are no miracles, there is only what you make.

(Tamara de Lempicka)





Research area

M&E in Education. (large scale learning assessment, out of school children initiative and support for education data availability and utilization in Lao PDR)



Academic Background

  • Masters: International Education and Development, Oct. 2011 – Sept. 2012
    University of Sussex
    Brighton, UK
    Dissertation project: “Primary Teacher Motivation in Cambodia: To what extent does education policy influence teacher motivation?”
    Courses: Teacher Education: teacher policy, training, and the curriculum
    Quality of Education: Analysed and evaluated teaching materials, high-stakes international examination and language policies
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts: English language and International Studies, Apr. 2001 – Mar. 2007
    Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
    Kyoto, Japan
  • Overseas study Asian studies (As an exchange student), Feb. – Nov. 2003
    The University of Queensland, Brisbane, AustraliaGraduation thesis: “Australian ideal identity and the reality: identity seen from their movies”
    (Awarded the best thesis in Australian study in 2003)
    Teaching License Obtained Japanese National Teaching Certificate in Junior and Senior High school with the subject in English

Work Experience

  • Education Project Coordinator for Grassroots Grant Assistance, March. 2014- Present
    Embassy of Japan in Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

    • Coordinate education project implementation for (I)NGOs in Cambodia through grassroots grant assistance scheme of Japanese government
    • Conduct project monitoring visit to primary, lower secondary and teacher training schools in all over Cambodia.
    • Assist speech writing for an ambassador and other diplomats.
  • Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) Coordinator / Counselor, Jun. 2013 – Mar. 2014
    Osaka City Board of Education (Osaka, Japan)

    • Engaged in administrative management for ALTs working in 299 primary schools.
      • Evaluated quality of lessons by observing team-teaching English lessons at primary schools.
      • Counseled ALTs for effective teaching methods and materials.
      • Assisted planning and conducting in-service training workshop for both Japanese and foreign teachers.
  • Intern, Oct. 2012 – Jan. 2013
    UNESCO Bangkok, Education Policy and Reform Unit (Bangkok, Thailand)
    (Mainly worked for the field of Education Sector Policy and Management)

    • Assisted compilation, consolidation, and preparation of analytical reports and papers (e.g. Education System Profile for China, Comparative analytical report prepared for Myanmar Comprehensive Education Sector Review, Education Systems in ASEAN+6 Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Educational Issues).
      • Contributed organizing the regional conference “Beyond-2015” Rethinking Learning in a Changing World.
      • Assisted preparing policy analysis workshop for Mongolia.
  • English Teacher, Apr. 2007 – Mar. 2011
    • St. Andrew’s School; Momoyama Gakuin Jr. High & High School (Osaka, Japan)
    • Taught English to over 800 junior high and high school students
      • Worked as a sub-homeroom teachers for two 3rd grade high school classes
      • Reached out to shy students to include in the classroom counseling them
      • Counseled students about their future career
      • Managed tennis club every day after school
  • English Teacher, Apr. 2010 – Mar. 2011
    Fuse Technical High School (Osaka, Japan)

    • Taught over 200 students across grades 1 to 3
      • Disciplined difficult students’ behavior by building trust relationship
      • Introduced a new activity to teach how to use English dictionary to over 100 Grade 1 students
      • Counseled dropping-out students about their future career
  • Administrative Officer, Sep. 2004 – Sep. 2006
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Japan (Singapore)

    • Coordinated visitation for Japanese government officials including Ministers and Ambassadors
      • Compiled reports on living standard of Japanese residents in Papua New Guinea and East Timor
      • Redesigned working schedule for efficient work sharing with colleagues
      • Chosen from the department to help with emergency search for missing Japanese in Sumatra earthquake in Sri Lanka
      • Supervised constantly changing drivers’ schedule for the entire embassy
      • Completed logistic planning and operation of 20 vehicles for Japanese Emperor and Empress’s visit to Singapore


  • Shanti Volunteer Association March. 2013 – Present
    Translator (English to Japanese) for Cambodia education project reports
  • Africa Japan Forum
    Translator (English to Japanese) for online magazine May. 2013 – Present
    “Global AIDS Update”
  • Public Relations Oct. 2011- Sep. 2012
    Intercollegiate Development Discussion Panel (NPO), London, UK
  • Fundraising Staff April. 2001 – March. 2003
    Habitat for Humanity, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto, Japan


  • APCEIU ‘Sangsaeng’ No.40 Summer 2014, page 47, ‘21st century skills in Japan’
  1. Yamaguchi and A. Ueno, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  1. Yamaguchi, Y. Yamamoto, A. Ueno, M. Kurokawa and N. Enomoto, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  1. Yamaguchi, Y. Yamamoto, A. Ueno and N. Enomoto, Tokyo Institute of Technology
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