Ready to Compete in ASEAN, Immunology Program Has Great Prospects

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Academicians and parties supporting Immunology development in the symposium held on August 3. (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – One of the programs of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) Postgraduate School is Immunology.  It is an inter-disciplinary program so lecturers and students are from any faculties or departments such as Faculty of Medicine (FK), Faculty of Dentistry (FKG), Faculty of Nursing (FKp), Faculty of Public Health (FKM), D3 Medical Analyst and other programs.

“The students of the program are from all around the country,” said Vice Director of Academic Postgraduate School Prof Dr Anwar Ma’ruf., MKes., drh.

“Last year, we admitted foreign students. So did this year,” added the Head of Immunology master program UNAIR dr. Agung Dwi Wahyu Widodo, MSi.

Agung said that in Indonesia there are no other master programs which focus on immunology with inter-disciplinary study. That is its uniqueness. In some universities or faculties, there are programs related to immunology but most of them only learn partially while UNAIR, provide comprehensive and thorough study on immunology.

“There are similar programs in some ASEAN countries. So our competition is at ASEAN level,” added Agung.

Science is developing and this Immunology program is inter-disciplinary, so the prospects are great. The scope of implementation of immunology is getting wider therefore the students are believed to be able to serve in the community.

All this time, to reinforce quality, Immunology program always holds academic activities such as seminar, conference, or symposium as done on Wednesday, August 3.

The national event titled “Symposium Wound Infection, From Basic to Clinic” attracted many participants. There were about 250 participants from 200 limited seats. They were from all around Indonesia.

One of the papers attracting so much attention was dalethyn active compound made of olive oil. It was stated in dr. Agung’s paper, the compound can kill nosocomial germs. They often attack patients treated in hospital. The attack can cause death. All this time, antibiotics were used to combat the germs. (*)

Author  : Rio F. Rachman
Editor  : Binti Q. Masruroh

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