FKG Receives Six Japanese Students

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Representatives from Japan with academicians of Faculty of Dentistry (FKG) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – Faculty of Dentistry (FKG) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) has received another representatives from Japan from an exchange student program. There were six Japanese students who are studying in FKG from September 4 -16, 2016. On Wednesday, September 7, there was a welcoming ceremony by students, lecturers and FKG officials.

The students were from two Japanese universities, Tohoku Dentistry University, and School of Dentistry Hiroshima University. Those six students were Kanako Okada, Honoka Nambu, Xuezhu Mao, Naoko Sugihara, Rioka Sakamoto, and Tappei Morimura.

In the program lasts for twelve days, the students were invited to attend ongoing lectures in classes and laboratories, clinical observation and visit management  and UNAIR hospital, Institute of Tropical Disease, International Office and Partnership,  Puskesmas Wates Mojokerto and other cultural activities.

In the reception event, Vice Dean II FKG Dr. Agung Sosiawan, drg., M.Kes, gave them time to introduce themselves. Then, it was followed with a welcoming party in the afternoon in Garuda Muka Hall FKG. “I hope FKG students can assist the Japanese representatives to learn here. Beside sharing knowledge also sharing cultures,” said Agung.

After introductions, there were general presentations about Japan such as its geographical condition, traditional food and cultures. During dinner, FKG students mingle with the Japanese students. They shared stories about living in Indonesia especially in Surabaya. Besides, they also explained about the food and drinks being served.

After dinner, Japanese students showed their ability putting on a kimono to FKG student, performed and danced like the famous J-Pop group complete with the costume, Japanese traditional dance.

FKG students’ performance was also interesting, they performed Saman dance of Aceh. During the dance, Japanese students were amazed and did not miss a thing as they instantly took out their phones and recorded the performance.

Tappei, one of the Japanese students, during interview said that he liked the Indonesian food and the hospitality. “It’s very different from Japan. The food’s great. The people were nice and I hope I can get along well with others,” said the student from Hiroshima.

With this exchange student program, they hoped that they can get more insight both academic and cultural. Mao, for example, he expected knowledge on dentistry which can be applied in their country.

“I readlly hope that after learning in Universitas Airlangga, I can applied what I learn. It was my dream all this time to study orthodontic, especially in other countries so I can get to know about their cultures too,” said Mao.

Author: Lovita Martafabella

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