Sakura’s program is one of the annual events organized by Japan Science and Technology (JST) Agency. The program, held at Azabu University, Japan, invited 28 participants from 19 countries in Asia. Universitas Airlangga has sent a representative in the exchange of veterinary faculty staff in Asia. This first participation was represented by M. Thohawi Elziyad P., drh., M.Si who is a staff of veterinary faculty of Universitas Airlangga. Apart from Indonesia, some representatives from countries in Asia are also present, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.
This course was conducted on 20-29 August 2017 to introduce how animal disease diagnosis methods are based on the latest technology and epidemiological studies. Sakura’s program also introduces Japanese history during world wars and immigration through the JICA museum. Participants are also invited to Dr. Sugiura’s museum where for the first time found the Schistosoma japonicum worm.
It is a learning experience with the latest topics and the mastery of technology and the spirit of science in Japan. Unity in the diversity between experts in each country, sharing information and fostering a strong network to improve science.
“Hopefully the next opportunity is not only for faculty staff, but also for student of veterinary faculty, Universitas Airlangga to study in Japan through Sakura program. I believe students have the potential to learn properly and master similar technology if taught earlier”, said Drh. Thohawi.