A group of undergraduate students from the University of Suffolk are preparing for a five-day study programme at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
The first and second year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and Child Health Nursing students will be attending Keio University, joining up with students from Japan, Korea, China and America. The four University of Suffolk students will experience theory and nursing practice in Japan and learn first-hand how this differs from provision in the UK.
Head of Subject for Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Samantha Chenery-Morris, said, “This is the third year we have been able to offer this study opportunity to students within the School of Health Sciences. We have been being forging a working relationship with Keio University for almost twenty years and are again looking forward to welcoming students from Keio to Suffolk in September.”
One of the students is 28-year-old Carly Ryder from Long Stratton. The second year Child Health Nursing student said, “I am very excited, I didn’t think I would get this kind of opportunity when I started my course. I think I will be able to get a different viewpoint, not just from the Japanese students but also the American and Korean students about how their nursing courses are run and about their placements. I am looking forward to exploring Japan too.”
Hannah Clayden is 25 years old and lives in Bury St Edmunds. Hannah is in her first year of her Adult Nursing degree and said, “The community observations, as part of the trip, sound exciting, I didn’t think we would have the chance to do something like that, I thought it would be purely classroom based research. I am looking forward to learning about the Japanese culture and making some special memories.”
Second year studying Adult Nursing, Camille Babilonia who is 19 years old and lives in Ipswich, said, “I am looking forward to meeting new students, sightseeing and exploring Japan. Like Hannah, I am also looking forward to the community visits but also seeing the hospital and understanding what their healthcare is like.”
18-year-old Verity Juster is also from Ipswich and is her first year of Adult Nursing. Verity said, “I am really pleased I was chosen for this opportunity especially as a first year student. I am looking forward to meeting the other students from all around the world. I think the study trip will give me more confidence and an understanding of people’s different social and cultural situations. I am looking forward to trying the different foods and fitting in some sightseeing to the temples and gardens.”
As part of their preparations for the trip, the students were treated to sushi by Stowmarket-based ichiban UK, the largest sushi producer in Europe for over a decade.
Andrew Lambert of ichiban UK said “What a great opportunity for the students to travel and meet up with nursing students from all over the world and experience a completely different culture. We are delighted to provide some of our products to give the students a taste of things to come in Tokyo.
Dean of Health Sciences, Paul Driscoll-Evans, is currently in Tokyo presenting to Keio University’s Inter-Professional Education Programme for students who major in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy as they prepare for their primary care fieldwork trip to Laos.
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