Matthew graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s in Military and Diplomatic History in 2010. Following his graduation, hungry for international experience, a challenge, and driven by a deep interest in Japan and East Asia, Matthew moved to Japan in 2011. While there, Matthew served in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, one of the largest of its kind in the world. He spent five years in Sapporo in this government program, teaching in schools, aiding in cultural exchange, and participating in and helping to organize Canada-related outreach events. Following this, Matthew then moved to Osaka, Japan, spending nearly three years working in the tourism and hospitality industry, and refining his fluency in Japanese. He also stayed connected with similar Canada-related business outreach organizations while in Osaka.
Following his departure from Japan in 2019, he enrolled in the University of Groningen, studying for a Master’s in International Security for the 2019-2020 academic year. His Master’s thesis concerns the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. During both his Bachelor’s and now in his Master’s, he has devoted much time studying East Asia, with a particular emphasis on the strategic outlook of the region. While with EIAS, Matthew is eager to further his understanding of Asia, has a particular interest in the military-strategic dimensions, and hopes to put his experience in the region to use. He also looks forward to adding to his knowledge regarding European policy and institutions. His research interests include Japanese and Chinese history, their foreign and strategic policy, understanding their viewpoints, as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Matthew can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org