Since 2014, implementation of the G-MedEx Japanese-Russian educational program started for the first time in Russia with participation of Niigata University (Japan) and medical universities of Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok (Russia). Within the framework of the program, subprograms of student exchange, of bilateral scientific practice of students and of dual degrees in postgraduate studies were implemented. The programme was supported by the Government of Japan. As the coordinating university for this program from the Russian side, KrasSMU hosted all four subprograms with emphasis upon educational projects in microbiology, morphology and pathology.
Viktory Soboleva (program participant):
“I was lucky to participate in Kanazawa Student Exchange Program for Science and Technology (KUEST) and spent almost a year in Japan. During this year I had an opportunity to get a unique experience not only in Japanese culture but in science and medicine too.
My studying process was divided into two parts. I made a research in the Neurosurgery department (Kanazawa Hospital) and studied Japanese language, Japanese history, Karate, and other subjects. It was absolutely new for me to study neurosurgery. I really appreciate the knowledge my professors gave me.
Japanese culture is astonishing. During my stay in Kanazawa, I had a chance to immerse myself in Japanese culture. I joined a traditional tea ceremony, visited Buddist temple for the meditation class, tried to put on yukata - a traditional summer kimono, and learned how to play simple melodies on shamisen.
During summer vacation I visited Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara with my friend. I really enjoyed my stay in Japan.
I advise our medical students to try and participate in exchange programs because they give us a chance to learn something new”.