Utrecht, Netherlands 14th July 2023. Four students from the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Airlangga (FK UNAIR), Audrey Florencia Theno, Aurelia Regina, Piru Kinar Lituhayu and Carissa Jane Marly left for the Utrecht University 21st Century Skills for Healthcare Professionals Summer School Programme in the Netherlands from the 3rd to the 14th of July 2023 and was a momentous event for the start of collaborations for both universities as the first batch of students to leave for exchange to Utrecht University from Universitas Airlangga. The students were part of the first batch of Indonesian students to Utrecht in the Summer of 2023.
Utrecht University is ranked the number one university in the Netherlands, and is one of the Netherlands longest standing universities with excellence noted in their fields of social, behavioral and health sciences. The students were given the opportunity to study and be able to understand more not just simply about healthcare but also how 21st century problems and situations affect and create healthcare problems around the world. There they were given the chance to visit various hospitals, labs and meet notable people in the fields of diabetes, acute and chronic pain management, motivational interviewing to even the fields of biological engineering.
Upon finishing the program, Audrey expressed her utmost gratitude for the wonderful opportunity to learn in a class with other healthcare students from 18 different countries and get a better grasp on the understanding of healthcare issues and how culture affects it and the possibility of solutions to modern 21st century problems in the world. Aurelia, another student on the programme has acknowledged the importance of thinking in a multi-disciplinary system on not just creating and finding solutions to problems, but also viewing it from different perspectives and understanding the basis and emphasis on different backgrounds and cultures and how it would affect on each person’s interpretation.
With the positive feedback from the first batch of exchange students to Utrecht University, the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Airlangga and Universitas Airlangga hopes to strengthen academic synergy whilst encouraging the expansion and exchange of information. Strengthening UNAIR’s ground on producing world-class students with both academic excellence and integrated morality.