UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI PILOTS JAPAN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
MAKATI CITY – The University of Makati (UMak) has formally introduced its maiden Japan internship program for nursing students, the local government said in a statement on Tuesday.
This partnership with Wakatakedaijukai (Japanese Social Welfare Corporation) and the Asiantouch International Training Institute Inc. intends to provide nursing students an opportunity to enhance their skills abroad as well as experience Japan and its culture.
Licca May Andrada and Cathyrine Ceria, both nursing students in their senior year, were chosen as interns during the first implementation of the program, according to Maria Fay Nenette Carriaga, dean of UMak’s College of Allied Health Studies.
They will stay in Japan from September 5 to November 1 for their internship, to be accompanied by Cynthia Umila, the clinical chairperson of the university’s College of Nursing.
“They were chosen among the senior nursing students who have already taken Hospice and Palliative Care (elective course) and are enrolled in Nursing Care Management 106,” Carriaga said.
Makati Mayor Abigail Binay expressed her gratitude to UMak and its partners for the innovative program in line with the local government’s objective of improving the quality of education for the city’s students.
“I would like to thank UMak and its partners for facilitating this learning program. We already had two nursing students who were sent to Japan last year. We look forward to helping more nursing students and graduates increase their employability,” she added.
The initiative is a product of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by UMak and its partners April 24.
Under the deal, Wakatakedaijukai will shoulder the internship expenses, including round-trip airfare, meal and accommodation allowances, and a monthly living allowance of 65,000 Japanese yen during the internship proper for each intern.
Wakatakedaijukai will also cover the training expenses of interns with Asian Touch International where they will undergo a 300-hour Nihonggo and socio-cultural classes before they leave for Japan.
Meanwhile, Anthony John Domingo, an executive director of the university, explained the internship is aimed at helping students increase their knowledge and develop their skills in elderly care.
Domingo said that as interns, nursing students are given the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in the Care of the Elderly Component.
Students will assist in biopsychosocial support care for patients, provide care and support for people with special needs, and assist in bathing of patients.
They will also be given opportunities to assist in safe transport and mobility of patients, apply basic first aid, and respond to emergencies with basic life support.