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2008-2010 “Program for Enhancing Systematic Education in Graduate School”
  Messages from the Representative of International section in“Personalized Medical-Education Renaissance Program”

International section chief Our International Project focuses on the following three activities:
(1) establishment and implementation of the Dual Master Degree Program between our university and the universities abroad
(2) planning and promotion of Overseas Research Internships
(3) mutual developments through interactions with international researchers.
   For (1)and(2), we are promoting the Agreement for Academic Exchanges and Cooperation with Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam as the basis of the program.

(1) Dual Master Degree Program
   The Dual Master Degree Program is a program applied between medical graduate school of University of Tsukuba (Master’s Program in Medical Sciences) and the graduate schools of universities in Ho Chi Minh City (such as Vietnam National University and University of Medicine and Pharmacy). The program enables students who have enrolled in each university to learn and earn credits reciprocally through the study of short or long period of time in each university. For example, if a Vietnamese student enrolled in the Master’s Program in the graduate school in a university of Ho Chi Minh City comes to study as a foreign student in the medical graduate school of University of Tsukuba and performs an intensive research for a period of one year to two years and writes and presents a Master’s Thesis which passes the review, the University of Tsukuba will grant the student a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences .

(2) Overseas Research Internships
   We believe that the most important challenge of the 2008-2010 Program for Enhancing Systematic Education in Graduate School “Personalized Medical-Education Renaissance Program” is the cultivation of the graduate students with an interdisciplinarity, internationality, and independency through the implementation of our original education which will develop the internationality. One of the method in conquering this challenge is the Participation in Developing Medical Education and Research System Program in developing countries. With this program, we are enforcing on the Overseas Research Internships with developing countries.
   The designated organizations for Overseas Research Internships are the universities, public research organizations, and the hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. The graduate students, mainly the graduate students in Doctoral Program, will apply to Program for Enhancing Systematic Education in Graduate School Executive Committee with their voluntary research plan and those who are accepted will participate in the internships to enhance on their independency and creativity.
The following 2 courses are available in our program:
(i)An aid-for-practice course for the students to assist the Vietnamese graduate students in universities and public research organization to perform practices.
(ii)A prehension and plan course where the students train themselves with the medical care and treatment in the Cho Ray Hospital. With the training, the students apprehend and plan their performance of medical practice with the consideration of working in the Cho Ray Hospital in the future
   Students participating in both courses are required to submit a report after their return home. We will also hold a debrief session on their research, a ten minute research presentation where other students can share the participating students’ experiences.
   With the participation in the internship and debrief session, the students can earn credits to graduate.

(3) International Conferences and Researchers from Abroad
By active participation in the International Conferences, the students will have opportunities to interact and discuss with a number of researchers from abroad. Through these interactions, they will be able to acquire an international mind and be able to enhance on their ability to think with a global perspective. Furthermore, we will invite researchers from abroad to hold seminars within a short period of time where the students can achieve proficiency on scientific thinking.

 Osamu Ohneda
 Director of International section