The Rector of Universitas Pattimura (Unpatti), Prof. Dr. Thomas Pentury has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the President of Kaohsiung Medical Univesity, Prof. Yi Meng Chen. The signing of the MOU took place at rector office of Universitas Pattimura on August 1, 2015.
In his speech, Prof. Dr. Pentury stated that the presence of the delegation of Kaohsiung Medical University of Taiwan at Unpatti is important and it is to support the University, especially the Medical Faculty.
The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the delegation of the Kaohsiung Medical University that consists of Prof. Chun Hsiung and Prof. Lie Kwan. Also present Prof. Hafids, Prof. Paul Tahalele and Prof. Arifin from Universitas Airlangga Surabaya.
Prof. Pentury elaborated that the signed MoU would be followed-up by practical implementations through collaborated lectures, joint research and community services in the form of public medical services. He also added that the MoU is important since Kaohsiung Medical University is one of the prominent universities in Taiwan, hence, it is intended that Unpatti could learn and obtained new knowledge in medical science.
Prof. Lie Kwan, member of Intelectual Team of Kaohsiung Medical University elaborated that the cooperation between Universitas Pattimura and Kaohsiung Medical University will last for 5 years and it could be extended if both parties agreed. The cooperation is intended to support postgraduate studies (Master and Doctoral levels) and also to provide medical surgery field study assistance in Ambon and its surrounding islands.
Furthermore, Prof. Lie Kwan explained that the cooperation would help Medical students of Unpatti who want to pursue their undergraduate and postgraduate study at Kaohsiung Medical University. It is also open opportunities to have medical examination and joint medical research in Taiwan.
At the event, the director of Medical Surgery Association of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Paul Tahalele explained that the MoU which is covered education sector is highly important since Indonesia is lacking lecturers in medical study. He added that there would be a presence of guest lecturers from Kaohsiung Medical University who could give lectures in Unpatti while providing medical supervision for Hospitals in Ambon.
Prof. Tahalele added that the cooperation woud provice opportunity for potential students to pursue master and doctoral studies in Kaohsiung Medical University through available scholarships. The MoU would also open the opportunity in medical surgery field, by which the events such as medical training, workshops or symposium in Ambon can be attended by representatives from Taiwan.