College of Health and Society Participates in Inaugural Tri-University International Cultural Immersion Program

Jayne Smitten, PhD, MEd, CHSE-A, Associate Dean, College of Health and Society, accompanied by stellar senior nursing students, Georgia Havens and Sarah Peterson selected for this inaugural Tri-University international cultural immersion program, participated in the Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) Cultural Immersion Study Program in Tokyo, June 2019. TWMU’s President Yoshiro Maru, Dean Kukiko Ogawa of the School of Nursing, along with faculty and nursing students, hosted HPU faculty and nursing students, recognized as one of the top educational institutes in the USA for diversity, along with Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea, currently the world’s largest and most prestigious female educational institute, for a Japanese sushi reception. 

The TWMU clinical site opportunities – to observe hospital activities in their operating room, pre-operative nursing systems, a medical unit and their unique pre-hospital patient preparatory unit within the hospital healthcare systems – was a particular highlight. Havens and Peterson presented a unique and personal lecture on “Being an HPU Non-Traditional Student.” In addition, a keynote address was provided by Smitten on “Revolutionizing Nursing Education through Simulation Applications.”

This cultural immersion program also featured engaging in a summer kimono and tea ceremony activity with the TWMU and Ewha nursing students and faculty. Plans for these highly acclaimed international formal types of exchanges for TWMU and HPU are expected to continue, now including a Tri-University exchange, as a result of the JASSO Student International Exchange Support Programs by the Ministry in Japan.

Pictured: Back row from left to right: Georgia Havens, Sarah Peterson, and Dr. Jayne Smitten; front row far left: Kazuko Shiraishi, Director, TWMU Department of Nursing; front row far right: TWMU host faculty Dr. Mari Ikeda