Universitas Airlangga became a platform for the World Discussion on Health and Medicinal Development
UNAIR's Rector Prof Dr Muhammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak., CMA., (middle) with two people participating in the conference during the Gala Dinner for the opening of The QS Subject Focus Sumit Medicine (discussing health and medical studies) on Wednesday (January 23, 2019) in Hotel Bumi Sruabaya. (Photo by Feri Fenoria)
UNAIR NEWS – As one of Indonesia's leading universities, Universitas Airlangga continues to encourage the development of knowledge within both the national and international sphere. One of the means of doing such is through the Faculty of Medicine (FK) and the High-Level Conference (Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi atau KTT) that was held on Wednesday through Friday (January 23, 2019) in Surabaya. The conference was named "QS Subject Focus Summit Medicine (discussing health and medical studies).
The conference focused on the theme of "Enhancing the field of medicine and health: Education, UNAIR's Rector Prof Dr Muhammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak., CMA., opened the event alongside Ms. Mandy Mok, Chief Executive Officer of QS Asia Quarquarelli Symonds Singapore, on Wednesday night (23 January 2019) in Hotel Bumi Surabaya. Present at the conference were a number of practitioners from various countries. Among other things, from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Australia and the Philippines.
In executing the event, UNAIR collaborated with QS World Class University, especially QS Asia. The cooperation can be established considering that UNAIR has joined QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the publisher of QS World University Rankings.
The conference was held as a forum to discuss the latest topics in the fields of health and medicine for the advancement of science. In addition to introducing UNAIR as an international university famous for its medical education or research and a member of QS World Class University. Including being an effort to share and expand the network and medical education system.
The CEO of QS Asia, Mandy Mok, in her speech thanked UNAIR for organizing the conference. According to her, Indonesia is one country with a large population. Therefore, the problem in population numbers is one that arises potential research objects, especially related to health.
The conference, she continued, was also created to discuss health topics to advance world health science. Especially through the active participation of participants. In addition, the QS Subject Focus Summit Medicine will accommodate various relevant topics alongside academic leaders and professionals in the field of health and medicine.
Selamat datang kepada peserta. Saat ini kita berada di Kota Surabaya. Sebuah kota terbesar kedua di Indonesia. Nama Surabaya berasal dari dua kata Sura dan Baya yang berarti hiu dan buaya. Terima kasih atas pertisipasinya,” ujarnya.
According to Mandy Mok, the implementation of the conference was based on the rapid development of knowledge, techniques and medical technology. Many authorities need ongoing medical education.
Therefore, medical practitioners are encouraged to continuously increase their knowledge in various ways, by publishing medical journals, participating in seminars, conferences and online programs. It is also necessary for leaders in the medical field to keep up with the latest interdisciplinary studies and global developments.
"More Specifically, the committee wants to focus on education management, research and the challenges of collaboration in the world of rapid technological, social and economic change," she said.
Regarding participation, the conference was aimed at deans, doctors, and stakeholders in the field of medical education from Indonesia and other countries around the world. Especially those who joined the university rankings in QS. A total of 200 participants attended this event.”
"The event is also open to medical students from Indonesia and various international institutions." She continued.
Held for three days, the conference is also designed to promote the development of medical and health sciences, provide experience outside the academic world, and become a forum for scientists, professionals, students, and stakeholders to share their achievements and discuss research topics.
There were three discussion sessions which were held during the span of three days. Two sessions with a theme of "The Impact of Information Technology in Medicine Education" and "Beyond Translational Method in Medicine am Health Science" on Thursday (January 24, 2019). As well as one session themed "Collaboration in Supporting Medicine and Health Science" on Friday (January 25, 2019).
The Dean of the UNAIR's Faculty of Medicine Prof., Dr., Soetojo, Dr. Sp.U. welcomed the meeting. Prof. Soetojo explained the historical background of UNAIR's Faculty of Medicine. Introduction its roots as the historically known Dutch health school, (NIAS).
"Before establishing a Faculty of Medicine, UNAIR used to be called NIAS, Nederlandsch Indische Artsen School. Now the faculty continues to grow and is also affiliated with several hospitals, among some of which is Dr. Soetomo Hospital, "he said.
Prof Nasih turut mengingatkan tentang tantang perkembangan teknologi ke depan semacam tantangan Revolusi Industri 4.0. Tantangan-tantangan semacam itu, lanjut dia, mesti direspons, terutama yang terkait dengan kesehatan, dengan sharing dan diskusi. Misalnya dengan konferensi semacam itu.
"The challenges, among others, are issues relating to artificial intelligence, as well as nanotechnology development. "It includes big data, new material, 3d printing, and internet of things," he said.”
We must prepare for the era of technological disruption. "We must be prepared with solutions that combine physical domains, digital, and biology," he said.
To conclude, Prof. Nasih hoped that the conference would spawn new ideas and innovations for the advancement of health and medicine. To have a positive impact on both scientific studies in Indonesia, as well as the scientific development in the international arena. (*)