UNS – In supporting Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) as a world-class university, the Faculty of Medicine (FK) collaborated with the College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan in the fields of education and research. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNS and NCKU was carried out by the Dean of FK UNS, Prof. Dr. Reviono, Dr. Sp.P(K) and the Dean of the College of Medicine, Professor Yan-Shen Shan, M.D., Ph.D.
FK UNS initiated this collaboration in the field of medicine due to NCKU’s excellence in medical research, both basic and clinical. Presently, National Cheng Kung University is a leading university in Taiwan, ranking 224th in the QS World University Rankings and 36th in the Asian University Rankings. NCKU also boasts a sizeable educational hospital with 1,200 beds, supported by numerous medical experts in their respective fields. Additionally, NCKU offers an extensive international student exchange program.
“At this time, both parties has signed the MoU, and we hope that around November, we can begin the education stage for the Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine Subspesialty Training FK UNS at NCKU Hospital. In addition to the subspecialist doctor program, there are plans for the Biomedical Master’s study program to collaborate with the College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University,” Prof. Reviono explained during the MoU signing on Wednesday (13/9/2023) in Tainan, Taiwan.
Through the MoU signing, both universities agreed to various cooperative activities. These include student exchange programs in which FK UNS will send students to participate in research training at the departments of the NCKU College of Medicine. This collaboration provides students with the opportunity to work on research projects under the guidance of UNS lecturers. UNS students will work on part of NCKU projects for 1-3 months.
FK UNS will invite professors from NCKU to give lectures in basic or clinical medical courses. FK UNS will also send its professors to NCKU to deliver lectures in basic or clinical medical courses. UNS professors will collaborate with NCKU professors to apply for international research grants.
Moreover, FK UNS will select several candidates to pursue a master’s or doctoral program at NCKU. For selected candidates, NCKU offers scholarships covering tuition fees, living expenses, and laboratory research costs. FK UNS will also send several doctors undergoing specialist programs to conduct medical research or training at the NCKU Hospital. Research training relates to current research activities and clinical skills at the NCKU hospitals.
After the MoU signing, Prof. Chang-Wen Chen, M.D., Ph.D. from the Division of Chest Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, invited the UNS team to tour NCKU. There are specialized therapy and diagnostic facilities, particularly in the field of respiratory medicine at the NCKU Hospital.
The UNS delegation was shown laboratory facilities in the biomedical field. During the visit, Prof. Chien-Sheng Chen, Ph.D., from the High Throughput Biosensing Laboratory, along with Prof. Hsiu-Ling Chen from Food Safety/Hygiene and Risk Management, provided detailed explanations about the laboratory facilities, types of examinations, and ongoing projects.
Prof. Jhy-Wei Shin, Ph.D., from the Department of Parasitology and the Head of the Center for Continuing Education, which develops medical learning systems at NCKU, also explained digital learning. Furthermore, the FK UNS team received an explanation of the nanotechnology currently being developed for malignancy and metabolic cases from Prof. Wen-Ping Su, Ph.D., the Director of the Institute of Clinical Medicine.
Reporter: R. P. Adji
Editor: Dwi Hastuti