The partnership began in 2006, when Niigata approached McMaster regarding a learning exchange for Japanese students. Since then, delegations of students and faculty in health sciences at Niigata have visited McMaster annually. The ongoing relationship has fostered mutual research opportunities, student and faculty mobility, and now, collaboration in a larger programmatic partnership within the MSc Global Health, offering educational opportunities at both institutions.
Students and faculty are offered sessions in health science education, from laboratory tours (simulation and anatomy), problem-based learning and targeted sessions in nursing, midwifery, radiation technology, medical technology, ultrasonography and more. English-Japanese interpreting is provided for all sessions, while Japanese students are grateful for practical learning in English-speaking and writing opportunities. Students and faculty are involved in global health research and education.
McMaster undergraduate and graduate students in health sciences are involved in tutorial sessions offering personal feedback and perspectives on PBL, inter-professional learning and student/faculty supports, which are culturally different for Japanese students.