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2021 Local Chapter Workshop - Innovative Medical Approaches During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Co-hosted by University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP) of Vietnam and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) of Taiwan, the first online SATU Local Chapter was successfully held on 7 May 2021, on the topic of “Innovative Medical Approaches During the Covid-19 Pandemic”. Participants could choose to attend the event online or physically at the venues of either university. The event had attracted over 150 registrations from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, as well as Taiwan and Vietnam.




Highlights of the Workshop

The events gathered professionals from the two universities to share their research findings on various issues resulting from the outbreak of Covid-19, and how this pandemic has facilitated the introduction of new medical approaches under the “new normal.” The event started with by the opening addresses given by Prof. Ngo Quoc Dat, Vice President of UMP and Prof. Fong-chin Su, Executive Vice President of NCKU and Secretary General of the SATU Presidents’ Forum.

The event featured 4 keynote presentations reviewing various aspects. Dr. Tran Ngoc Dang, Acting Head of UMP Department of Environmental Health, shared his findings on the association between air pollutions and the social distancing, giving insight of air pollution control measures in the future. Dr. Tran Thuy Khanh Linh, Head of UMP Department of Nursing, looked into the transition of inter-professional education from campus learning to hybrid learning. Prof. Ko Nai-Ying, Director of NCKU Department of Nursing, and Dr. Iqbal Pramukti, Assistant Professor of Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran of Indonesia, presented their investigation of the attitudes and behaviors of university students from various Asia-Pacific during the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation of Dr. Lin Chung-Ying, Associate Professor of NCKU Institute of Allied Health Sciences, addressed the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S), which has been used in ample research to assess fear and investigate the role of fear of COVID-19 in different psychosocial mechanisms. A very interactive and insightful discussion was held during the panel discussion and Q & A session among speakers and the participants.


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The event ended with an overview of the collaboration opportunities provide by SATU, delivered by Prof. Ricky Wenkuei Chuang, Associate Vice President for International Affairs of NCKU. Going through the activities conducted by SATU, Prof. Chuang illustrated how SATU operated to strengthen the academic cooperation among SATU member universities, so that each member university were able to enhance the quality of education and research through the network maintained by SATU.


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About Local Chapter Workshop

The SATU Local Chapter Workshop was created among SATU Member Universities to promote cross-cultural teamwork among Southeast and South Asian and Taiwanese Universities involving scholars from diverse fields. The main objectives are to help find solutions to share problems in our global regions to contribute to our societies’ knowledge and to push the development of the respective countries of our members.

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