2017

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2017.12.27 update!

Three members of the faculty of the Graduate School of Nursing at Chiba University visit Wisconsin, USA, as a friendship mission of Chiba Prefecture

During the nine-day period from October 7 to 16, 2017, Assistant Professors Miwa Watanabe and Shohei Taichi together with Associate Professor Zaiya Takahashi of the Graduate School of Nursing at Chiba University visited Wisconsin, USA, as the Education Group of the Chiba Friendship Mission delegation.

Exchange activities have been ongoing since Chiba Prefecture and the US State of Wisconsin signed a sister-city affiliation agreement in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 21, 1990, 27 years ago. Chiba and Wisconsin have worked together primarily to foster mutual understanding, deepen friendship ties, and cultivate goodwill through events and personnel exchanges in a variety of areas, such as culture, education, scholarship, and economic matters. In 2004, the Chiba–Wisconsin Association was founded as a volunteer organization for residents of the two regions. Since its inception, the Association has continued to promote exchanges between experts in a variety of fields.

The Chiba–Wisconsin Association was the lead organization overseeing this Wisconsin visit. The nine-member delegation was composed of a Cultural Group (two members), an Education Group (three members), and four administrative staff (including one officer of the Chiba Prefectural government). The Wisconsin–Chiba Inc. prepared the delegates’ schedule, arranged site visits, and facilitated information exchange during their visit as liaison for the State of Wisconsin.

The Education Group delegates visited several universities and community centers, such as the Muslim Community and Health Center, University of Wisconsin, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Medical College of Wisconsin, and VITAS Healthcare Hospice Office. During their visits, the Education Group delegates were introduced to nursing course curricula at various universities and were able to have meaningful opinion exchanges regarding topics such as differences between Japanese and American education systems.

Areas of shared interest between Wisconsin and Japan gave high priority to Inter-Professional Education, End-of-Life Care, and community health. In contrast with Japan, facility utilization in the US for simulated education programs was more optimized, and cooperative education programs with undergraduate departments unrelated to medicine were carried out, such as theater department students acting as mock patients.

Despite differences with the healthcare and welfare systems in Japan, opinions regarding issues such as healthcare worker shortages, burdens on families in home care, elder medical care, and regional healthcare programs were similar between participants from Wisconsin and Japan. We believe strongly that we can contribute to our mutual development by further deepening our cooperation in the future. We would like to thank everyone involved with this dispatch for their cooperation and support.

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2017.12.27 update!

The visit of two undergraduate students from the Faculty of Nursing at Khon Kaen University in Thailand for a short-term study abroad program

Two undergraduate students from the Faculty of Nursing at Khon Kaen University in Thailand came to the Graduate School of Nursing, Chiba University, for a short-term study abroad program from July 24 (Monday) to July 28, 2017 (Friday). Although the duration of the program was short, the students visited a variety of facilities, beginning with the Chiba University Hospital, and engaged in deep interpersonal exchanges with their fellow students by participating in the Fundamental Nursing Skills Practice for second-year students. On the final day of their stay, the students performed a folk dance from the Khon Kaen region of Thailand.

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2017.12.27 update!

The visit of Professor Fitri Haryanti of the Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) to our University

Professor Fitri Haryanti of Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) visited the Graduate School of Nursing, Chiba University from June 11 (Sunday) to June 14 (Wednesday), 2017. On June 12 (Monday), she presented a special lecture to undergraduate students, graduate students, and teachers on “Efforts to improve the quality of pediatric care after the tsunami of West Aceh, Indonesia”

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2017.03.29 update!

Our Graduate School co-hosted a symposium with the Faculty of Nursing, Seoul National University at the 20th East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) held in Hong Kong

At the 20th East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) held in Hong Kong on March 9, 2017, our Graduate School co-hosted a symposium with the Faculty of Nursing, Seoul National University, at which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU: academic exchange agreement) was established. This symposium is the first step in international cooperative education to foster young researchers in the 5 years of the contract period based on the MOU and to create a platform for promoting international collaborative research. For that reason, we set a common topic for a pair of young faculty members and PhD course students from both schools. In addition, this symposium was also utilized as a challenging place for undergraduate students to participate to international conferences.

“Aging Issues in Community Health Nursing” was theme of the symposium. It was chaired by Dr. Heeseung Choi of Seoul National University and Professor Ariko Noji of our Graduate School of Nursing at Chiba University. Two researchers from Seoul National University, and Associate Professor Mina Ishimaru and Ms. Reiko Tokita, who is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Nursing, Chiba University gave presentations. As a designated speaker, Megumi Uruma, one of our third-year undergraduate student gave speech collaborating with Dr. Akiko Nosaki. Approximately 70 people participated, and in the question and answer session, participants from Finland, Switzerland and Japan actively exchanged discussions based on international comparison. 17 graduate students, three undergraduate students and the nursing faculties participated from Chiba University. A grant from the Graduate School of Nursing was used to help cover graduate students’ travel expenses.

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2017.03.08 update!

Students and faculty from Gadjah Mada University visited the school

Fourteen students and two faculty members from Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia visited the school for 5 days from October 31 to November 4, 2016. Gadjah Mada University is a partner institution with Chiba University’s Graduate School of Nursing.

The purpose of the visit was to learn about education and research in disaster nursing, nursing pathobiology, and end-of-life care in Japan.

In addition to attending lectures and research proposal presentations at the graduate school of nursing, the visitors toured Chiba University Hospital, the Western Chiba Prefectural Disaster Prevention Center, and the Chiba Cancer Center and engaged in discussions about the common challenges Japan and Indonesia face as well as the differences between the two countries.

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2017.03.08 update!

Guests from Wisconsin, USA, welcomed.

On September 29, 2016, Chiba University’s Graduate School of Nursing welcomed three guests from Wisconsin in the United States as part of the activities of the Chiba-Wisconsin Association.

After being introduced to the department and graduate school by Dr. Misako Miyazaki, the dean of the university, the guests toured the clinical skills laboratories with association staff and employees of the Chiba prefectural government.

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