For more than two decades the Belarusian State Medical University has maintained close ties with the Nagasaki University.
One of the most important areas of bilateral cooperation with foreign partners is student exchange programs and development of academic mobility. These programs not only increase the prestige of the university in global stage, but also promote educational activities at the Belarusian State Medical University with regard to global trends.
Every year, according to the student exchange program with the Nagasaki University Japanese students undergo clinical practice at the Belarusian State Medical University.
This year, three students from Nagasaki University (Mitsuki Hosoda, Ko Tokutomi and Saki Watanabe) underwent clinical practice at our university. Clinical practice became a real event for Japanese students – they got acquainted with Belarusian culture and educational system, gain invaluable experience, made new friends and develop intercultural communication skills.
For two weeks (February 1-12) students of the Nagasaki University improved their professional skills at the Departments of Public Health and Healthcare, Cardiology and Internal Diseases, Oncology, Endocrinology, Radiation Medicine and Ecology.
Due to the professional guidance of BSMU faculty-teachers Japanese students enjoyed rich and diverse program of training.
At the Department of Public Health and Healthcare Japanese students got an insight into the national health system of the Republic of Belarus. During the practice at the Departments of Cardiology and Internal Diseases, Oncology, Endocrinology, students of the Nagasaki University became acquainted with highly qualified and well-coordinated work of various departments, visited a number of diagnostic operations, and also participated in some of them. They also got a foretaste of high-tech medical care in the Republic of Belarus. At the Department of Radiation Medicine and Ecology students took an express course in radiology.
Thanks to BSMU students and employees of the Department of International Relations Japanese students got acquainted with the cultural life of our capital. They visited the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Circus, the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, and the National Art Museum. Mitsuki Hosoda, Ko Tokutomi and Saki Watanabe tasted Belarusian and European dishes while visiting cozy cafes and bistros in Minsk. And, of course, BSMU students organized an exciting sightseeing tour of Minsk for our guests.
On February 11, 2020 the students met with Vice-Rector for International Relations V.V.Roudenok and Head of the Department of International Relations V.V.Boika. The meeting was also attended by BSMU students A.Solodov and P.Skutova.
At the meeting students shared their impressions not only on the clinical practice in Belarus, but also on the city of Minsk, the culture and traditions of Belarus, Belarusian food, etc. Students of the Nagasaki University also thanked the leadership of the Belarusian State Medical University for organization of such an interesting program of clinical practice, as well as for the care shown by both the faculty-teachers and the BSMU students who have already became their friends.
At the end of the meeting Vice-Rector for International Relations, prof. Roudenok congratulated students of the Nagasaki University on the successful completion of clinical practice and presented the Certificates of completing clinical practice.
Author: Varvara Boika, Head of the Department of International Relations
Photo: Dmitry Zelenkovsky, BSMU students
Translation: Varvara Boika