【conf】International Collaboration – Prof CJ from Singapore, Prof Adam from Sydney|国際コラボ目白押し~シンガポールからProf CJ、シドニーからProf Adam

Professor CJ (on right with a microphone), a good friend of mine who invited me to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, was for various reasons no longer at the University of Malaya and had moved to Singapore by the time I finally stepped on Malaysian soil after the Covid-19 border blockade was lifted. He is now in the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, the top university in Asia, which long ago surpassed the University of Tokyo in any of the world university rankings.

However, Prof CJ is still a adjunct professor at the University of Malaya, so he returns on these occasions. This time, he will be part of a “research carnival” (?) that lasted for a few weeks across the entire Faculty of Medicine and UM Medical Center. He was participating as a panelist in a big symposium during the week, and was able to stand around talking to me for a bit while waiting for the guest of honor lunch. I hope he will invite me to Singapore soon for a short workshop to throw.

私をマレーシアの国立マラヤ大学医学部に誘ってくれた仲良しのCJ教授は、諸事情ありまして、私がCovid-19による国境封鎖が明けてようやくマレーシアの地を踏むことになったときには、すでにマラヤ大にはおらず、シンガポールに移った後でした。彼がいま所属しているのは、世界大学ランキングで東大を随分と前に抜き去ったアジアトップ大学の国立シンガポール大学の医学部です。

とはいえ、まだマラヤ大の客員教授は兼任しているため、こうした機会に戻ってきます。今回は、医学部全体の「研究カーニバル」(?)ウィークの大きなシンポジウムにパネリストとして参加しており、シンポが終了して来賓ランチまでの待ち時間で、少し立ち話ができました。短期ワークショップで結構なので、早くシンガポールに呼んで頂戴。

And another one who stayed in Malaysia for about a week at the same time and gave us advice on our research and educational projects was Professor Adam from the University of Sydney, a collaborator from Australia. The Sydney is also one of the world’s best leading universities, and it is always interesting to hear about his own struggles in the grueling competition that dominates the campus, as he always provides interesting stories in our car to lunch.

Both Singapore and Australia are countries that are geographically close to Malaysia and historically close (having been colonies of UK). English is the lingua franca, and many visitors come frequently. Japanese universities should learn from this kind of environment where international collaboration is an everyday occurrence.

そして同時期に1週間ほどマレーシアに滞在し、我々の研究・教育事業にアドバイスをくれたのが、オーストラリアからの共同研究者であるシドニー大学のAdam教授。これまた世界有数の大学であるシドニー大ですが、キャンパスを支配するえぐい競争の中での自分の苦労について、いつも面白いネタを自動車の中で提供してくれるので面白いです。

シンガポールもオーストラリアも、共にマレーシアから地理的にも近く、(UKの植民地であったという)歴史的にも近いという国々。英語が共通語として通じることもあり、多くの来客が頻繁に訪れます。こうした国際コラボが日常茶飯事な環境を、日本の大学も見習わないといけませんね。

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