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Sakura Plan Invited Students from Three Universities

In March 2014, the School of Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the Ryukyus officially concluded exchange agreements with the College of Public Health of the University of the Philippines, the Faculty of Nursing of Chiang Mai University, and the Nursing Department of the University of Health Science in Laos. Ever since, there have been visits by graduate and undergraduate students as well as international joint research conducted. On this occasion, with the support of JST’s (Japan Science and Technology Agency) Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science “Sakura Science Plan,” invitations were extended to these three universities to participate in this program from November 11 to 17, 2015, which further propelled these exchanges forward. Everyone in the Department was active in planning, administering and following up on these invitations. In Okinawa which is a comparatively poor and rural area in Japan and which faces health issues similar to those in developing Asian countries, the participants learned about public health administration, maternal and child health, nosocomial infection countermeasures and global health policy through participatory lectures, bedside and laboratory practice and visits to relevant facilities for the purpose of learning about biological science, social science and information science innovation that contributes to community health and medical services. Moreover, the students participating from these three universities took up the challenge to attend joint lectures and presentations with Japanese students in the Department’s first year course “Health and Welfare Policy” and third-year course “Study of Public Health Nursing Practice.” This engagement provided great motivation as well for the Japanese students.
At Shuri Castle, everyone does something different than the two-figure peace pose

Hanae doing her best to interpret

Everyone was very serious about the hospital training. The participants brought the uniforms which they use in training at their respective universities. However, no one would let go of their coats or sweaters as it was very cold moving about the hospital.

I don’t know why I have a better reputation for dancing than speaking.