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New base for Indonesian medicos

March 31st, 2008

The Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences will host up to 70 Indonesian medical students each year in a pivotal arrangement with one of Australia's closest neighbours.

A delegation of senior figures from Universitas Indonesia (UI) visited Clayton in mid February to sign the agreement, which will enable Indonesian students to complete a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) research year at Monash.

"The new relationship will strengthen Monash's ties with this prominent university, which has played a key role in directing the educational priorities of Indonesia since its establishment more than 60 years ago. I look forward to these students contributing to the rich culture of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences," said the Dean, Professor Steven Wesselingh.

The first group of up to 40 students will arrive in July this year, studying two research methodology units and completing an independent project at one of the faculty’s research precincts. This number will grow to 70 from 2009.

"Our world-class research schools and institutes offer these students research projects in topics ranging from fetal development, to cardiovascular health, to regenerative medicine and structural biology," said Professor Ben Canny, Associate Dean (MBBS Curriculum), who liaised closely with the Indonesian delegation.

During their hectic two-day tour, the visitors - Vice Dean for General Affairs Professor Prijo Sidipratomo, Coordinator of the International Class Dr Dewi Irawati Soeria Santoso, Primary Monash Contact Dr Tomi Hardjatno Hartono, and Acting Head of the International Relations Office Dr Triana Darmayanti – met with the language support team, inspected the Halls of Residence, and visited the Monash Institute of Medical Research, the Alfred Hospital and the Monash Medical Centre.

At the School of Biomedical Sciences, they visited the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, where Professor Graham Jenkin led them through the research work completed there in kidney regeneration, immunology and reproduction.

Head of the Indonesian Studies Program in the Arts Faculty, Basoeki Koesasi, hosted the group throughout their visit, and Consul General to Indonesia Budiarman Bahar joined the group as a guest of honour at their welcome lunch.

New base for Indonesian medicos

The delegation visits the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories. From left: Dr Triana Darmayanti Akbar, Dr Tomi Hardjatno Hartono, Professor Ben Canny, MISCL Senior Research Fellow Dr Orly Lacham-Kaplan, Dr Dewi Irawati Soeria Santoso, MISCL Associate Director Professor Graham Jenkin, and Professor Prijo Sidipratomo.