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Project to Promote Dental Education and Research Bases in Southeast Asia


Project overview

For the international development of dental education and training—based on joint research with dental and life science education and research institutions in Southeast Asia, as well as achievements in human exchange and international student education—we are creating dental education and research bases in Southeast Asia and implementing projects such as aiming to standardize dental education. At the same time, we are constructing a medical care network in Southeast Asia via advanced joint research and bidirectional researcher and student exchange.

Objectives

Based on joint research with dental education and research institutions in Southeast Asia and achievements in human exchange and international student education, our aim is to promote research and educational exchange—centered on education and research bases in Southeast Asia—and standardize dental education with a view towards international developments.

Necessity and importance

In the European Union, educational programs for medical human resources are being standardized in member states as a response to mutual certification for medical professional job licenses.
In Southeast Asia as well urgent responses must be made towards globalization, such as the standardization of educational programs for license acquisition and mutual certification for medical professional job licenses. For instance, the possibility of conducting an English-language state examination in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is being explored.

Overview of initiatives

The following four initiatives will be implemented in this project.

1Formulating guidelines for the standardization of dental education in Southeast Asia, etc.
2Proposing and conducting a Lifelong Training Course for dental practitioners and other persons in Southeast Asia
3Providing study-abroad information to prospective international students from Southeast Asia
4Providing health education and medical-care information to Japanese schools and Japanese expatriates in Southeast Asia

Expected effects

This project for the standardization of dental education in Southeast Asia will serve as a favorable opportunity to share with the world the high level of human resource development for dental professionals in Japan.
In addition, it is expected that the provision of medical care and health information to Japanese expatriates will provide peace of mind and safety to Japanese people living in other countries.
Moreover, we believe that it will contribute to the further development of education and research, starting with human resource development, in the field of dentistry in Japan.

Process for achieving the objectives of each initiative

Standardizing dental education in Southeast Asia

FY2012Establishing an organizational structure and conducting a factual investigation

Establishing the Southeast Asia Dental Education Cooperation and Promotion Expert Committee

Establishing the Working Group for Considerations by Dental Profession , conducting a factual investigation including on-the-spot investigations regarding the content of dental education in Southeast Asian countries by occupational category, etc.

Holding workshops

<Example of survey items>
・Educational program content
・Graduation/completion criterion
・State examination, etc.
FY2013Formulating the Dental Education Guidelines (draft)

Reporting survey results to the Southeast Asia Dental Education Cooperation and Promotion Expert Committee and verifying the results

Creating drafts of the Southeast Asia Dental Education Guidelines for each type of dental professional at the Working Group for Considerations by Dental Profession based on the results of the factual investigation, etc.

Verifying the guideline drafts at the Southeast Asia Dental Education Cooperation and Promotion Expert Committee

Holding a symposium
FY2014Formulating Workshop Guidelines (tentative plan)

Convening the Southeast Asia Dental Education Cooperation and Promotion Expert Committee, gathering workshop and symposium results and views from people involved in dental education in Southeast Asia, and formulating the Southeast Asia Dental Education Guidelines (tentative plan)
FY2015Utilizing and promoting the guidelines
Utilizing partner schools, etc. for the guidelines (tentative plan), verifying via the PDCA cycle, and formulating a X version

Working to promote the guidelines, such as by submitting them to international academic journals related to dental education

Medium-term objective evaluation

Proposing and conducting a Lifelong Training Course for dental practitioners and other persons in Southeast Asia

FY2012Designing the Lifelong Training Course composed of lectures via a teleconference system and skill training at clinical facilities at dental education institutions in Southeast Asia
FY2013Conducting the Lifelong Training Course on a trial basis in Thailand, and considering the issues and points of improvement
FY2014Based on the trial results, conducting the improved Lifelong Training Course in Thailand

Considering conducting this course in other Southeast Asian locations besides Thailand
FY2015Conducting the Lifelong Training Course in other Southeast Asian locations besides Thailand

Medium-term objective evaluation

Providing study-abroad information to prospective international students from Southeast Asia

FY2012Holding overseas study-abroad consultation events at the CU-TMDU Center on a trial basis, and conducting a survey of the participants
FY2013Based on the survey results, holding study-abroad consultation events at the CU-TMDU Center (around two per year)

Considering holding study-abroad consultation events at other Southeast Asian locations besides Thailand
FY2014Holding study-abroad consultation events at the CU-TMDU Center (several times per year)

Holding study-abroad consultation events at other Southeast Asian locations besides Thailand on a trial basis
FY2015Holding study-abroad consultation events at the CU-TMDU Center (several times per year), and evaluating the results

Holding study-abroad consultation events at other Southeast Asian locations besides Thailand

Medium-term objective evaluation

Providing health education and medical-care information to Japanese schools and Japanese expatriates in Southeast Asia

FY2012Planning and conducting health seminars for Japanese expatriates on a trial basis

Providing health education and information on themes such as preventing dental caries and the early-stage prevention of periodontal disease and lifestyle diseases
FY2013Holding health seminars for Japanese expatriates

Preparing to publish a health-related newsletter for Japanese expatriates
FY2014Holding health seminars for Japanese expatriates

Publishing a health-related newsletter for Japanese expatriates on a trial basis and evaluating it
FY2015Holding health seminars for Japanese expatriates

Periodically publishing the newsletter

Medium-term objective evaluation