Professor and Department Chair
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University
Dr Keiichi Ogawa is a Professor/Department Chair in the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University, a Governing Board Member of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), an Honorary Professor at Kyrgyz National University, and an Affiliate Professor at The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His research interest lies in economics of education, education finance, comparative international education, and public policy on education sector.
His professional experiences include serving as Education Economist at the World Bank, Senior Advisor at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Advisor at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Consultant at the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and UNESCO, and Advisory Committee Member at the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT). He has also served in various graduate schools, including Columbia University’s Teachers College, George Washington University, Fudan University, Korea University, Seoul National University, University of Dhaka, Hiroshima University, Nagoya University, Waseda University, and The University of Tokyo.
He has served as a Secretary-General/ Board Member of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID) and Board Member of the Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES). He has also served as International Advisory Board for Compare (British Association for International & Comparative Education), Lao Journal of Economics and Management and Souphanouvong Academic Journal, as well as Editorial Board Member for Comparative Education (Japan Comparative Education Society), Journal of Economics and Business Administration, Journal of International Cooperation Studies, Africa Education Research Journal, Journal of International Educational Cooperation, and International Journal of Training and Development.
He has received recognition and various awards from governments and academic institutions. He was given the Labour Medal by the Prime Minister of Lao PDR in 2018 and the Evaluation Award by the Prime Minister of Uganda in 2014. He also received shields and certificates of appreciation for his contribution to the development of education from the Ministry of Education in Yemen (2005 and 2009), Lao PDR (2011 and 2018), Malaysia (2016), and Saudi Arabia (2017). Also, he received the Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2009); the President Award from Kobe University (2010); and the Professional Achievement Award from Hawaii Pacific University (2011).
He has worked on development assistance activities in over 30 countries and has authored or co-edited eight books and over 80 journal articles/book chapters. Many of them are issues related to educational development and cooperation in international settings. He holds his PhD in Comparative International Education and Economics of Education from Columbia University.