By: Karin Forslund, International Student Coordinator, Education Support Office
SHARE is one of the international cooperation programmes that Hue University currently participates in. It is funded by the EU, and among other things it enables for students from Hue to carry out a mobility period in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region through the credit transfer system. During the coming semester, three students from Hue University will travel abroad for an exchange study period (to Malaysia and Thailand) and seven students from Indonesia and Myanmar will spend the spring semester at Hue University. The students will arrive this week to settle in and start their exchange studies here. SHARE is a programme at university level, which means that any student from a member university can apply for a scholarship. It is quite popular to apply for an exchange programme where there is a scholarship attached, as it otherwise is very expensive for a student to travel abroad.
Member universities also have their own exchange programmes. Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Hue UMP), Faculty of Public Health Sciences, has for a long time had an exchange programme with universities in Thailand. It is a two-week long exchange programme, which includes both academic and cultural experiences. During the summer, ca 15-20 students together with 2-3 staff from Hue travel to Thailand for a two-week exchange programme, and then during the following semester a group from Thailand visit Hue.
Every year, a small group of undergraduate students in health sciences from Queensland University of Technology in Australia visit the faculty, for shorter clinical placements both in Hue and in more remote areas. The placements are done together with local students from the university, for peer learning and also interpretation.
Hue UMP has had an exchange agreement within Biomedical Laboratory Sciences together with Karlstad University through the Linnaeus-Palme programme, but for several reasons unfortunately the programme has currently been paused. I understand that there is a great interest and motivation at Hue UMP in finding new ways to cooperate and exchange ideas, experiences and best practices with local and international partners.