Guest of honour Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato and students from Kagawa University’s Faculty of Medicine (FMKU) in a group photo with officials from Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). – RAHWANI ZAHARI
Six Japanese students attend UBD medical summer school
By: James Kon
On: 26 July 2019
In: Borneo Bulletin > National > Headline
SIX Japanese students from Kagawa University’s Faculty of Medicine (FMKU) are participating in a five-week-long 13th International Summer Medical School (ISMS) programme of Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The summer school, from July 22 to August 21, focuses on non-communicable diseases such as cancer and hypertension.
It is facilitated by two faculty lecturers, Dr Siti Nornadhirah binti Amdani and Dayangku Dr Nuramalina Hafizah binti Pengiran Haji Mumin.
The opening ceremony for the programme, held at Lecture Theatre 2 of the PAPRSB IHS extension building, was officiated by guest of honour Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato.
“The Government of Japan has long promoted youth exchanges between Brunei Darussalam and Japan through various programmes such as Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS), the Ship for Southeast Asia and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) and the Japanese Government Scholarship programme,” Kato said.
“The Japanese government believes that the future of our bilateral relations rests on the shoulders of the young people of our two countries. Among those many programmes, the exchange programme between UBD and Kagawa University is one of the longest-running youth exchange programmes between both countries. I believe this exchange programme provides a golden opportunity to further develop mutual understanding between Japanese and Bruneian youth.”
The ambassador said he hopes the students from Kagawa University will take the opportunity to develop not only practical skills in medicine, but also international communication skills and a global mindset while learning about Bruneian culture and traditions.
He added that the President of Kagawa University had expressed a strong desire to accept more students from Brunei when he met up with him earlier this year in January.
Kato continued, “When I look at the young Bruneian students in this country, I am aware of their great potential. I hope that more and more brilliant students from Brunei will study at Kagawa University for their research. I believe that it could further enhance the educational and academic cooperation between both countries.”