2022 Activity Report vol.11:Ehime University

Activity Report of Open Application Program 2022 vol.11 (Course A)

Indonesian Students Learn about the Current Situation and Challenges of Sustainable Advanced Medical Technology

Report from the Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation, Ehime University

 We invited students from the School of Medicine and Department of Public Health from Hasanuddin University in Indonesia, as the second part of the invitation for the first time in three years since the spread of COVID−19. The program ran for seven days, from December 7 to 13, 2022, and was hosted by the Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation, Ehime University.The School of Medicine and the Department of Public Health of Hasanuddin University have wanted to come to Japan for a long time through the Sakura Science Program. Our theme was about the current status and issues of advanced sustainable medical technology.

 COVID−19 has had an impact on the world over the past few years, especially with regard to medical institutions and medical education sites. This program aimed for finding clues to solve the extremely important issue of developing sustainable advanced medical technologies in Indonesia while managing difficulties of the COVID−19 pandemic. Five outstanding students from the School of Medicine and the Department of Public Health were selected to come to Japan. In addition, one supervising faculty member came to Japan with funds from Hasanuddin University.

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Visit to the School of Medicine 1

 After orientation on the first day, we visited the Ehime University Museum with students from the Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation. On the second and third days, we visited "Sustainable Advanced Medical Technology and Science and Technology Innovation," the Health Services Center of Ehime University, and learned about "Lifestyle Habits and Respond to Culture Shock in Japan."

 In the special lecture, the students learned about advanced medical technologies and practices for neurological and lifestyle−related diseases in Japan, and the relationship between diabetes and sleep, and had opportunities to ask questions. During the discussion with Ehime University students, they also learned the differences between the health insurance system and the medical system in Indonesia and Japan. As Indonesia is positioned as a developing country, the incidence ratio of lifestyle−related diseases such as diabetes is high due to the modern diet and lifestyle, and the students seemed to realize that there are many challenges in pursuing health while improving the quality of life through public health and advanced medical technology in Japan, a country of longevity.

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Visit to the School of Medicine 2

 On the fourth day, they prepared for the results reporting session with Ehime University students, and visited Kumakogen on the fifth day to see local tourism resources. On the final day, they visited the Ehime University Hospital, and presented their results. At the completion ceremony, Dean Xu of the Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation greeted the students and presented certificates, and the students from Hasanuddin University performed a traditional dance.

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Performance of traditional dance

 In the Simulator Room of Ehime University School of Medicine, students learned about training systems using VR, thorough health and safety, and advanced medical training systems, which seemed to be a very valuable experience. They compared the medical and health insurance systems of their communities and those of the Ehime University students, and exchanged opinions on whether companies and media have solutions in the medical environment. We expect all the knowledge and experience acquired through this program will be utilized in their universities and in the medical field.

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Results reporting session and group photo of completion ceremony