International Exchange Program with University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing
For over two decades, Kitasato University School of Nursing has coordinated an exchange program with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. In 2008, a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was signed between the international academic exchange program (IAEP) and the three schools which offered various international exchange programs among the faculty, the graduate students and the undergraduates.
The IAEP included the following:
Holding a summer seminar at UCLA School of Nursing every two years. During the intensive seminar and numerous public lectures, Kitasato University School of Nursing students were able to spend time in both didactic and clinical training programs at the UCLA School of Nursing and UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
Kitasato University School of Nursing graduate students have also been invited to s shadow nurses at UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, and also affiliated sites that UCLA School of Nursing faculty deliver at local communities.
Coordination of a summer symposium in Japan for the faculty and graduate students of UCLA School of Nursing every other year.
Intensive two week research seminars which have been provided by UCLA faculty members to multidisciplinary faculty and graduate students.
International distance seminars through video conferences with faculty and students from UCLA School of Nursing.
Faculty from Kitasato University School of Nursing, have been given opportunities to spend time at UCLA School of Nursing, as visiting scholars, to strengthen their research capacity.
Every other year, Kitasato University School of Nursing invites faculty and graduate students from UCLA to conduct lectures to mainly third and fourth year undergraduate nursing students, graduate nursing students, and faculty at Kitasato University School of Nursing, as well as clinical nurses at the University hospital and other communities. At the end of the seminar, students receive credit for an “International Nursing Theory” course and “International Nursing Study” course.
International Exchange Program with Health Science University of Mongolia, School of Nursing and Dornogobi Medical University, School of Nursing
Since 2006, the Center for Nursing Career Development and Research of Kitasato University, and Kitasato University School of Nursing started an exchange program with two national universities (Health Science University of Mongolia and Dornogobi Medical University) in Mongolia. In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an International Academic Exchange Agreement (IAEA) was signed between both universities.
At present, we have focused the program on the following:
Invited Mongolian faculty members and Nursing leaders to Japan to address nursing practice and nursing education.
Provided opportunities and shared knowledge on curriculum development and teaching methods, and provided used text books and educational instruments.
Provided public lectures on health and nursing care in Mongolia for their faculty members, graduate students, undergraduate students, clinical nursing professions. We also conducted information and cultural exchanges to enhance mutual understanding between two countries.
Delegated faculty members from Kitasato University and the Kitasato University Hospital to Mongolia to hold seminars and workshops for faculty members of the local nursing universities in Mongolia.
Launched an inter-organizational collaboration with World Bank Tokyo Development Center, Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Health in Mongolia and Mongolian Nurses Association.
- Strengthened Maternal and Child Health nursing competencies by providing web-based seminars to the larger audiences, especially in the remote areas.
- The aim of these web-based seminars is to offer nurses in the developing countries inexpensive and sustainable learning opportunities on accurate science based nursing knowledge and skills.
- Enabling a connection between four national nursing universities in Mongolia.
- Approximately 40% of all nurses in Mongolia reporting participation.
- Extending existing infrastructure to other developing countries, such as Tanzania, Madagascar, Ghana, Jordan, Indonesia, East Timor, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Vietnam, where they have similar challenging situations.