Agromedicine – FK UNEJ has achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming one of the 26 medical faculties in Indonesia to obtain international accreditation. This accomplishment underscores FK UNEJ’s unwavering commitment to upholding the quality of education and medical services. In pursuit of continual improvement in education and research quality, FK UNEJ recently embarked on a significant visit to the Netherlands with the aim of establishing partnerships with prominent institutions in the field.

During this visit, the FK UNEJ delegation, led by Dr. Ulfa Elfiah, M. Kes., Sp.BP-RE., Subsp.L.B.L(K), the Dean of FK UNEJ, represented the university. This delegation was joined by representatives from 26 Faculties of Medicine from State Universities across Indonesia that have achieved international accreditation. The primary objective of this visit was to foster collaboration, enhancing international ties between medical institutions in Indonesia and the Netherlands, solidified through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focused on medical development cooperation. This cooperation spans various areas, including collaborative research, student exchanges, staff mobility, double-degree programs, master’s degrees, and Ph.D. degrees.

Leiden University and Erasmus University, both esteemed institutions in the Netherlands, were among the institutions visited by the Indonesian delegation representing the 26 State Faculties. Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) is a university hospital affiliated with Leiden University, renowned for its modern facilities dedicated to research, education, and patient care. LUMC consistently ranks among the top 100 campuses worldwide. Similarly, Erasmus Medical University (EMC) is a preeminent scientific center and the eighth largest university medical center in the Netherlands. It is recognized as a leader in Clinical Medicine in Europe and is ranked 20th globally. EMC is affiliated with Erasmus University.

In addition to the MoU signing, a series of events took place from September 16 to 22, 2023, facilitating discussions on the latest advancements in the field of medicine. During these sessions at various universities, delegates from the 26 Faculties of Medicine from Indonesian State Universities had the opportunity to firsthand explore the medical facilities and infrastructure available. Visiting a top-ranked university in the Netherlands, housing one of the world’s best university medical centers, provided invaluable experiences for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jember, promising future developments.

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Cross-border cooperation like this is expected to yield manifold benefits. FK UNEJ students will have the opportunity to gain valuable international experience, while joint research can enhance knowledge in various fields of medical science. This visit to the Netherlands is also a part of FK UNEJ’s efforts to continue innovating and improving the quality of medical education. By expanding international networks, FK UNEJ will be better prepared to produce graduates who are qualified and competitive on a global level.

The cooperation established during this visit is anticipated to serve as the foundation for further developments in the realm of medical education in Indonesia and the Netherlands. FK UNEJ is committed to moving forward in their endeavors to maintain high standards in medical education and make a positive contribution to the people of Indonesia and the world.

Author: NWK dan AKR