International Exchange Activities at the School of Health Sciences

One of the educational objectives at the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine School of Health Sciences is to train professionals who can succeed globally in the medical field. Here we provide an overview of the international exchange activities conducted by the School of Health Sciences to achieve this objective.

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Health sciences study abroad program

Since 2005, a Global Health study abroad program (short visit) has been in operation at the School of Health Sciences. In this program, students learn about world health through visits to overseas health facilities as well as through cross-cultural experiences. Till date, students have studied health science for university course credit in Laos, McMaster University (Canada), and at the University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka). Several participating students have proceeded to pursue careers in international health after graduation.

  • Health sciences students in Laos

  • At McMaster University in Canada

  • At the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka

Acceptance of credit and noncredit foreign students

Provisions are made for foreign credit and noncredit students to study at the School of Health Sciences. In 2011 and 2012, nine students (three each from the departments of Nursing, Radiation Technology, and Medical Technology) from the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at our exchange agreement partner school in Sri Lanka, the University of Peradeniya, were accepted into the study program, which requires nearly three months for completion. After a short course in Japanese, students learn the latest health technology, health science research methods, and more. Exchange events are conducted with Japanese students in the School of Health Sciences during the program period. The international nature of the program enables students to develop an understanding of other cultures and deepen friendships through exchange events.

  • Academic exchange meeting with students from
    the University of Peradeniya

  • Farewell party before departure to Sri Lanka

Program contributes toward educating health care professionals in Asia

The School of Health Sciences in the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine has an exchange agreement with the University of Peradeniya’s Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. In 2008, efforts to establish educational and research ties with the faculty were initiated. For example, maintenance of educational and research equipment has been jointly performed. As mutual understanding of educational systems and environments increases between institutions through reciprocal faculty visits, exchange involvement steadily increases. In February and December 2010, exchange agreements were made at the department and university levels, respectively.

Departmental exchange agreement signing ceremony

In 2011 and 2012, the exchange program with the University of Peradeniya Faculty of Allied Health Sciences was adopted by the Japan Student Services Association as part of their short stay/short-visit program; as a result, reciprocal student visits became possible. We believe that this kind of reciprocal student exchange will bring success to the program from an international education perspective. We anticipate that this program will serve as an important model when promoting educational exchange of students in health and medicine with other Asian countries in the future.

After the short-stay program presentation

As globalization progresses, we continue our endeavors to train professionals who will contribute toward world health and medicine and provide excellent health science education to the people of the world.