Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

International Collaboration and Exchange

Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences is promoting international cooperation in the field of nursing by emphasizing collaborative research and educational activities and by contributing to the development of nursing in developing countries. In 1998 and 1999 our university entered into academic affiliation agreements with Seoul National University’s College of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing. Part of those agreements is the promotion of joint research and academic activities with our sister institutions. Among our international activities are the following efforts:

International Nursing Forum

Since 1999, our university has sponsored an annual international nursing forum with simultaneous interpretation every autumn in Beppu City, Oita. Every year leading authorities from around the world are invited to speak at the forum on themes that are particularly relevant to nursing and health care practitioners in the community. The International Nursing Forum has been cosponsored by the Oita Chapter of the Japanese Nursing Association since 2003. 

Research Exchange Seminar with Seoul National University

The annual Research Exchange Seminar with Seoul National University’s College of Nursing was established so that faculty from both institutions could share research results, exchange information on nursing education and practice, and promote collaborative research efforts. The seminar is organized and sponsored by the International Nursing Division of our university and is held at our school every year in March.

Contributions to the Development of Nursing in Other Countries

Our university is committed to contributing to the development of nursing education and nursing practice in developing countries. Through the International Exchange and Foreign Student Division of our Oita Center for Nursing Education, Research and Collaboration (CNERC) we have cooperated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency in development projects and training programs in the field of nursing education and practice in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Laos. The Division has also dispatched members of our faculty to these countries as short-term experts. It has also received nurses and teachers of nursing from Uzbekistan, Mozambique, and other countries as trainees at our university. The Division also accepts and arranges visits of nurses, nursing faculty and nursing students to our university and to local medical and healthcare sites, and it is in charge of the admission of foreign students to our university.

Student Exchange Program with Seoul National University

In 2000 we established an annual undergraduate and graduate student exchange program with our sister university, Seoul National University’s College of Nursing. The goals of the program are to foster friendship between our respective students and to lead them to a deeper understanding and appreciation of our two countries and cultures. Every year groups of students visit the other university and get to experience firsthand many clinical and educational facilities at hospitals and out in the community. They also have numerous opportunities for sightseeing and cultural experiences. Faculty members of our respective institutions accompany the students on the visits. We hope that the experiences our students receive from this program will benefit them in their studies and future lives as prospective nursing professionals and scholars.

International Collaborative Meetings: the Nurse Practitioner Project

Since 2005, the Nurse Practitioner Project of our university has held international meetings each spring and autumn with faculty members from our sister institutions in order to develop a nurse practitioner educational curriculum for our Master’s program. We have also invited faculty members and physicians from other institutions in Korea, the United States, and Japan to attend. The objective of these meetings was to reform the present master degree system in nursing in Japan by referring to the systems in the United States and Korea. We believe it is time for both a radical and basic rethinking of master degree education in Japan, and for the promotion and spread of an advanced practice nurse system to meet the needs of Japanese society. As a result of the collaborative exchanges at these meetings and of visits by our faculty to our sister institutions for observation and instruction, we established a course for the training of advanced practice nurses in the fields of pediatrics and geriatrics in our Master’s degree program in 2008. In 2010, the first class of NP students graduated from this NP Master’s program and started practicing in the community.


updated: 01/10/2016