Masafumi Nagao

Visiting Professor

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  • Masafumi Nagao
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-IAS
    OFFICE:
    UNU Center, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo
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    PHONE:
    +81 (0)3-5467-1269
    NATIONALITY:
    Japan

    Research Interests

    • Economic Development
    • International relations
    • Project evaluation

    Education

    M.A., Economic Policy, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo)
    B.A., Economics, Carleton College

    Appointments

    Visiting Professor, International Christian University
    Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima University
    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s School Inspector

    Biographical Statement

    Masafumi Nagao is Research Professor at the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education at Hiroshima University (Japan) where his primary work is to conduct research relating to the evaluation of aid programs and projects in the field of education. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the leader of a JICA team to support a secondary mathematics and science teacher retraining project in South Africa.

    He is a member of the Advisory Committee of JICA on evaluation and also serves on the School Evaluation Committee of Japan’s Ministry of Education. Prior to joining this center, from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Nagao worked for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, one of the largest grant-making foundations in Japan, as a Chief Program Officer and Program Director. From 1975 to 1987, he served as Economic Affairs Officer in the Technology Transfer Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.

    He received a BA in economics from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MA in economic policy from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He has published many papers on educational cooperation, school evaluation and evaluation of aid projects. He has co-edited a book, “Mathematics and Science Education in Developing Countries: Issues, Experiences and Cooperation Prospects” (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2007).

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Nagao, M., Rogan, J. and Magno, M. (eds.) Mathematics and Science Education in Developing Countries: Issues, Experiences and Cooperation Prospects, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2007.
    • Nagao, M. and Book Editorial Committee (eds.) Principals of Hiroshima Schools (in Japanese), Hiroshima, Japan: Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, 2007.
    • Nagao, M., Kuji, K. and Hiroshima Prefectural Education Center, School Evaluation Course Textbook (in Japanese), Hiroshima, Japan: Hiroshima Prefectural Education Center, 2007.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Nagao, M. “What can Japan do for Africa?”, International Development Journal, April 2008, pp.16-19.
    • Nagao, M. “Ex-post evaluation of educational assistance projects: theoretical ground and practical issues”, Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.10, No.2, October 2007, pp.81-90.
    • Nagao, M. “Theoretical and Practical Issues in School Evaluation” (in Japanese) The Japanese Journal of Evaluation Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2007, pp. 3-19.
    • Nagao, M. “Challenging times for evaluation of international development assistance”Journal of Australasian Evaluation Studies, Vol.6, No.2, December 2006, pp.28-36.
    • Minamoto, Y. and Nagao, M. “Process Considerations in Evaluating Educational Cooperation Projects” Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.9, No.1, April 2006, pp. 89-106.
    • Nagao, M., Kuji, K. and Love, A. “Preparing School Evaluators: Hiroshima Pilot-Test of the Japan Evaluation Society’s Accreditation Project” The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2005, pp. 125-155.
    • Nagao, M. “Education and development: The Japanese experience”, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration (Delhi, India),Vol.18, No.1, January 2004, pp. 5-20.
    • Nagao, M. “Could Japan be a good math and science teacher for Africa”, Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.7, No.1, April 2004, pp.53-70.
    • Nagao, M. “Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Theory and Issues” (in Japanese) The Japanese Journal of Evaluation Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, September 2003, pp. 3-19.
    • Nagao, M. “Present Concerns and Issues in Evaluation of Educational Cooperation” (in Japanese) Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.6, No.1, July 2003, pp. 1-18.
    • Nagao, M. And Matachi, A. “A New Model of Technical Cooperation in Education: Illustration from the Mpumalanga Secondary Science Initiative Project in South Africa” (in Japanese) Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.5, No.1, July 2002, pp. 83-100.
    • Nagao, M. “The Purposes and Uses of Evaluation in Aid Projects: An Illustration by Japanese Aid to Mathematics and Science Education in South Africa” (in Japanese) Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.4, No.1, June 2001, pp. 89-100.