International scientific exchange

Training Paramedical Personnel Who will be Acknowledged Worldwide
In the School of Allied Health Sciences, we have implemented international scientific exchange with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) (Philadelphia, U.S.A.) for the purpose of developing gifted individuals who will possess the international vision and high level of technical knowledge that is accepted in our global society.
This international exchange began in 1997 as an exchange student program for the Cytotechnologists Course in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (at the time, the Department of Hygienic Technology's Clinical Exam Course), with the Medical Therapy and Occupational Therapy courses included from 2000 and the Radiological Technology course added in 2006. When TJU staff and students come to KU, teachers from the School of Allied Health Sciences introduce their particular subject and major in English to further promote exchange. Students from both universities now visit the other campus annually (Medical Laboratory Sciences: 3 weeks; Radiological Technology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy: 1 week).
To-date, two third-year students from the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences have stayed at TJU for three weeks every March and participated in that university's Cytotechnologists course. They are able to experience clinical cytology education in the U.S., come to learn in detail the present state of cytodiagnosis in U.S. hospitals, and, best of all, get firsthand experience in communication between foreign cultures through dialogue with their contemporaries in America. Similarly, two TJU students have also stayed at Kitasato University for three weeks in June. They are introduced to the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences' office, with a focusing on its Cytotechnologists course, and discover the current state of medicine and the latest research at this university. By continuing and even further developing this program, we hope that the young individuals who will be at the forefront of medical treatment in both our countries will gain a more expansive point of view in their continued growth.
With the Radiological Technology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy courses, visiting students naturally tour the campus and medical facilities, attend lectures, and exchange information about the differences in the medical certification and therapy systems from those of their country.
In addition to this program for students, we have established a system for teachers as well that includes discussions about mutual educational techniques and consideration of joint research.
Currently, TJU already offers a course to study Japanese culture and the differences in the countries' respective medical systems, while Kitasato University is also looking at establishing a course with the chief aim of international exchange. But, not merely exchange on a once-per-year basis; we are also examining the idea of holding Web Conferences over the Internet in order to mutually exchange information in real time. To that end, both teachers and students from TJU came to visit Kitasato University in March of 2008.

Developing individuals full of an international spirit

pht_greetingDean of School of Allied Health Sciences
Prof.Hidero Kitasato(Ph.D.)
This exchange program is carried out as an opportunity for both universities to cultivate talented students and staff who will contemplate and promote medical treatment from an international point of view.
Although only a few years have passed since the international exchange between Kitasato University and TJU began, we have established our primary objective as the accumulation of concrete achievements in both research and education that transcends mere formal exchange between these two universities.
(Attention, students!) I think that this is an excellent opportunity for students to discover their own field of specialty within a global framework. Though English can be a barrier, it's important to face all challenges!