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The first graduates from the JICA Development Studies Program in Graduate School of Health Sciences.

The degree conferment ceremony for the Graduate School of Health Sciences was held on September 16, 2022. This was also the first time that the Graduate School of Health Sciences sent off a graduate since it joined the JICA Development Studies Program. Mr. John Thumbiko Kaunda, a master's degree student from Malawi, wrote his master's thesis entitled “Association between perceived threat to COVID-19 infection and ART adherence amongst people living with HIV at Mzuzu Central Hospital Northern Malawi”. From September 18 to 24, he went in the Philippines for a culminating training and presentation at an international conference. From October, he will participate in a 6-month internship at a company in Kyoto, Japan. We would like to thank once again JICA Okinawa and the Academic Affairs Division at the Uehara Campus of the University of the Ryukyus for their support. The following is a message from him.

Studying at this university has been a tremendous experience. On my first day, I remember feeling nervous and worried, but in all honesty, the department members helped me become much more confident. Thanks to their assistance, I was able to settle into my new life; for that, I would like to express my gratitude. Despite the highs and lows, I went through, I still believe they were essential to my growth as a person and my capacity for independence. I would also like to thank my supervisors for putting in extra effort for us to work hard in a friendly and approachable manner. I felt compelled and motivated during my coursework; hence, I managed to graduate on time. I would also like to thank my fellow students for their support. I will miss the times we spent together in room 504. I enjoyed the laughs and conversations we had and will always cherish those moments. Everything has its own time. My time to say goodbye has come and I wish you all the best in your life and studies. Remain optimistic and joyful. Thank you very much”

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.

JICA Community-Based Training “Formulation of Evidenced-Based Public Health Plans”

In cooperation with the JICA office in Okinawa, the Department of Global Health has conducted a JICA community-based training

course entitled “Formulation of Evidenced-Based Public Health Plans” since 2013. The training is provided to participants from Africa to learn about methods of utilizing evidence, its limitations and implementation in health policy management. Through lectures, discussions and field trips, participants learn about these areas and feedback is provided regarding actual practice through the formulation of action plans for each country. Graduate students are able to consider what makes training effective and gain experience in formulating, implementing and assessing training while learning the fundamentals of training management.