Delegation from the University of South Florida visits Gifu University

Thirty students from the University of South Florida visited Gifu University from May 23 to 25, 2018. The University of South Florida is one of the biggest universities in the United States with the current student number of 48,000. The General Agreement for Collaboration between Gifu University School of Medicine, Health Administration Center and the University of South Florida was signed in October 2016.

After their arrival, the students were first invited to attend the Welcome Lunch Party held at the Memorial Hall of the School of Medicine. It was hosted by the Nursing Course staff. From Gifu University, Professor Tohru Iwama, Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor Kazuhiro Yoshida, Director of the University Hospital, and the teaching and administrative staff of the Health Administration Center and the Nursing Course, as well as 78 students of the course took part in the party. The following are the events and activities organized for the guest students:

- join the "Medical English I" class for the 3rd grade students of the Nursing Course, and play a   role of patients in the consultations between nurses and patients
- attend the lecture by Dr. Mayumi Yamamoto, Director of the Health Administration Center,   "Japanese Medical Insurance System and University Health Management"
- attend the lecture by Associate Professor Maki Koyama of the River Basin Research Center,   "Disaster Reduction and Prevention Measures Initiated by Regions"
- inspect the University Hospital
- join the School of Medicine's Koto Harp Club performance

On September 24, the students visited a number of medical and welfare facilities within Gifu Prefecture and also enjoyed watching the cormorant fishing on the Nagara River. Through their participation in these social events and study activities, the students have built a strong friendship with the School of Medicine students and the administrative staff.

On the final day of the program on May 25, the students visited Hachiman Elementary School in Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture and shared school lunch with the pupils and engaged in cleanup activities there.

In the meeting with President Hisataka Moriwaki, Dr. Matawal Makut, Professor Atsuko Sakai and Mr. Benjamin Young from the University of Florida exchanged opinions with the Gifu University attendees concerning the promotion of student and staff exchange between the two universities. At the end of the meeting, all thirty students shook hands with President Moriwaki one by one, and were handed out small gifts from him. A strong, enduring relationship between the University of Florida and Gifu University particularly in the fields of education, research and clinical practices are expected with the delegation's latest visit to Gifu University as a great momentum.

Meeting with the President
(from left at front row: Dr. Yamamoto, Dr. Makut, President
Moriwaki Professor Sakai, Mr. Young from left at second row:
Dr. Fumiaki Suzuki, Executive Director for International Affairs and
Public Relations, Associate Professor Nishio, Associate Professor
Tajima, Assistant, Professor Hotta and Ms. Nonomura, Director for
International Affairs,
and Planning)
Group photo

Welcome Lunch Party
Group photo after Welcome Lunch Party


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