SDGs Stories

FJCU collaborates with domestic and international agencies in an effort to enable the sharing of medical knowledge across languages 2020

International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC) International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC)

Program in International Medical Translation :
The program helps students develop their abilities in translation and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as strengthens their practical knowledge. This is to enhance their ability to provide linguistic services in the field of medicine, which gives them a competitive edge while also driving the integration between medicine and medical linguistic services.

1. The program provides at least 5 job-shadowing/internship opportunities at health care providers, including hospitals and international medical service companies.
2. Arranges for students to conduct observations and internships at medical institutes, with 60 hours of ISO-certified community language services as the standard.
3. Catalogued at least 1,000 job-shadowing/internship records with their own unique catalogue number and labels to compile a medical linguistic service lexicon and corpus using corpus-linguistics techniques and cloud computing.
4. Invites at least 3 scholars/experts to give speeches or hold seminars each semester.
5. Organizes and hosts at least one medical translation and medical humanities academic conference, inviting interdisciplinary and international experts as well as students to attend the event, with at least 100 participants.

1. From February 2020 to July 2020, a total of 8 students enrolled in the professional internship course. Originally, job-shadowing/internships were to be arranged for the students at organizations providing health care, but plans were derailed due to the pandemic; for this semester, they did their internship through translation (23 cases in total), logging 93 hours of internship experience.
2. In the second semester of the 2019 academic year, a total of 110 student self-learning reports, group review reports, and company visit/translation/experience-sharing internship reports was tallied, numbering a total of 441 records to date.

Related practical events:
* FJCU works together with international partners to collate information on SDGs
* By collaborating with the Society of Jesus in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia, FJCU learned that there is a lack of teachers in the area, and decided to provide resources and training
* By collaborating with NGO Philippine Philanthropic Fund, FJCU learned that enrolment was less than 50% in elementary schools in the Philippines, and decided to help provide education to children living in dense urban areas marked by poverty
* By collaborating with Xavier Learning Community, FJCU learned that impoverished youths in northern Thailand lack access to tertiary education, and decided to provide aid to local efforts in offering Chinese language classes
* By working with Father Vinai of Huilong Chinese School in northern Thailand, FJCU learned that communities in the region are challenged on three fronts due to historical factors: social issues, a lack of teachers, and lack of education
* FJCU collaborated with the Department of Biology of the University of San Carlos to improve the productivity of livestock
* FJCU collaborated with University of Leuven to hold seminars for cultural exchange
* FJCU collaborates with domestic and international agencies in an effort to enable the sharing of medical knowledge across languages
* FJCU collaborates with the New Sorbonne University on intercultural exchange between two cities