UNAIR NEWS –Institute of Tropical Disease Universitas Airlangga was appointed to hold World Class Professor (WCP) program by Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. UNAIR is trusted to hold the program and develop partnerships with professors or experts from the Nobel winner in Top 100 World Universities.
Head of UNAIR Prof. Maria Lucia Inge Lucida, dr., M.Kes., Ph.D., Sp.MK(K), said that the partners of ITD UNAIR in WCP program are Tokyo University and Oita University, two universities among eleven institutions at Top 100 World University in collaboration with Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. UNAIR is one of the five universities to hold WCP program besides UI, UGM, ITB and Undip.
Tokyo University established in 1877, was the first Japanese national university with Graduate School of Medicine specialized in international health (School of International Health). Oita on the other hand is Top 100 Rising Star University based on the Nature Index.
”UNAIR got WCP scheme A, institutional and receives supports from professor/expert on research, general lecture, workshops and joint publication. Lecturers, master’s and doctoral students, researchers or even enthusiasts from outside UNAIR can participate in it,” said Prof. Inge.
It is a multi-year program for three years from 2017 to 2019. For the first year, there will be research collaboration and initiation Global Satellite Laboratory Research Center, reputable international journal publication Q1/Q2-SJR Scimago, and initiation of double degree master program Tropical Health Science.
“WCP is expected to increase the number of lecturers with doctoral degrees, to improve intellectual property rights and international joint publication and innovation in research and technology,” added Prof. Inge, the professor of FK UNAIR.
UNAIR is holding WCP with ”Improvement of Research Capacity of Digestive System Infection Disease in Indonesia. Molecular Epidemiology and Identification of Active Compound in Plants” as a theme. The program will be focused on research in Helicobacter pylori and Entamoeba histolitica infection.
To date, there have been three professors coming to ITD and sharing their knowledge in ITD UNAIR, Prof. Tomoyoshi Nozaki, Ph.D from Tokyo University. He established Global Satellite Research of Entamoeba. He shared his knowledge on new methods of sample preparation, provided easier and more accurate method of cell culture, provided a guidance on data analysis and processing bioassay anti amoeba and anti malaria. Prof. Nozaki was accompanied by Entamoeba and Malaria research group coordinated by Dr. Aty Widyawaruyanti and Myrna Adianti, Ph.D.
From School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University, there was Daniel Ken Inaoka, Ph.D. He studies molecular infectious disease and he provided knowledge on Plasmodium falciparum, enzyme production and malaria bioassay technique.
WCP UNAIR also presented Takashi Matsumoto, Ph.D., from Department of Environment and Preventive Medicine, Oita University of Medicine. He excels in molecular epidemiology and his research is on Helicobacter pylori. His visit to ITD UNAIR was for a workshop on Cultivation technique of Helicobacter pylori and Metagenomic Analysis in collaboration with dengan Muhammad Miftahussurur, MD., Ph.D, expert of Halicobacter pylori ITD UNAIR.