Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio (third, left) and students from HMU at the event (source: tuoitre.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - An exchange between medical students of Vietnam and Japan was held in Hanoi on November 23, aiming to further enhance medical cooperation and academic exchange between the two countries.

Jointly organised by the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, the advanced technology research and regeneration for medical examination and treatment organisation (MERRO), and the Hanoi Medical University (HMU), the event is part of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

On the occasion, elite students from HMU namely Hoang Thi Hoai, Dao Thi Thao Van and Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang were presented non-refundable scholarships from the MERRO.

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio said more and more medical facilities in Japan have the demand to receive Vietnamese labourers due to their hard work and industriousness, and similarities in the two countries' culture.

According to the diplomat, Japan’s health sector suffers a serious shortage of nurses and caregivers. He suggested Vietnam continue to support Japan in this issue.

Matsuoka Atsuko, President of the MERRO said MERRO’s scholarship fund was established with the aim of supporting human resources training in a number of regions, including in ASEAN member nations, through providing scholarships for students with excellent academic achievements.  

After their graduation, those receiving METRO scholarships will be supported by both the Vietnamese and Japanese sides to have opportunities to pursue further study in Japan for improved knowledge and skills, she said.-VNA