UNAIR and Oita University provides double degree program in Faculty of Medicine

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Vice Dean II of Faculty of Medicine (FK) Universitas Airlangga, Prof. Dr. H. Budi Santoso, Dr., Sp.OG (K) with Oita University’s president, Dr. Seigo Kitano, MD., Ph.D., FACS. (Photo: Courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Faculty of Medicine (FK) Universitas Airlangga continues to develop cooperation with several international partners. One of them is Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Japan and it aims to improve the quality of education and academics from both parties.

The desire to expand cooperation began when one of the lecturers from Oita University, Prof. Yoshio Yamaoka visited FK UNAIR last year. At that time, there was a discussion about the double degree program for doctoral-level which will later be carried out by these two universities.

Furthermore, it was continued with a short visit by several representatives of Faculty of Medicine and UNAIR rectorate on Tuesday, January 14 to Wednesday, January 15 in Oita University. The discussion was related to the doctoral candidate’s procedure for the double degree program.

The representatives included Vice Dean II of Faculty od Medine (FK), Prof. Dr. Budi Santoso, dr., Sp. OG (K) with FK representatives team Prof. Dr. Kuntaman, dr., MS., Sp. MK (K); and Dr. Reny I’tishom, S.Pi., M.Si. Besides that, there were UNAIR rectorate team Syahrur Marta Dwi Susilo, S.S., MA., Ph.D, and dr. M. Miftahussurur, M. Kes., Sp.PD., Ph.D.

“During the meeting, we met Head of Biology Cell, Immunology, Gastroenterology, and Microbiology Department represented Oita University’s president, Dr. Seigo Kitano, MD., Ph.D., FACS., ” said Prof. Budi Santoso interviewed by UNAIR NEWS in his office room.

Universitas Airlangga Representative with Oita University. (Photo: Courtesy)

On this occasion, UNAIR also made several efforts to reach the agreement between these two parties. Including the technical methodological approach related to doctoral education on both sides as well as the approach through one of Oita University alumnus, dr. Miftahussurur which was done before.

“The two parties agreed to discuss and start cooperation by bringing four doctoral candidates for the double degree program. One student in internal medicine and three students in gynecology obstetrics, “explained Prof. Bus

According to Prof. Bus, both UNAIR and Oita University have a similar education structure. It includes one of the important things in doctoral education, which is in the form of international journals publication indexed on Scopus. However, there are differences in lecturing activities, especially in terms of time.

“We provide requirements for every doctoral student to take a minimum of 7 modules that can be added with consultant course to increase the depth understanding according to the dissertation material. However, Oita University requires students to take 20 modules during the study process, “he explained.

Regarding the time of program implementation, it was agreed that the students had already been enrolled in the doctoral level at each study program and studied six months of lectures in their university. Thus, they can continue their study in international partnered universities and extend their time.

“Regarding the graduation requirement, Oita student is required to submit one publication, while UNAIR student is required to submit two publication and each university will provide the certificate. However, Oita is pleased to provide a certificate for double degree students and other things will be discussed in MoA as well, “said Prof. Bus.

The obstetrics and gynaecology specialist added that the cooperation between these two universities is easily done because of the great relationship that has been established between these two universities. Both parties will conduct a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the double degree program in March.

“Therefore, we must adjust and support each other. It can be done with improving the quality of our universities, “concluded Prof. Bus. (*)

Author: Nabila Amelia

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia

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