Post Event Report

Surabaya, 26 January 2019 – Organised in partnership with Indonesia’s Airlangga University the second QS Subject Focus Summit on Medicine concluded successfully in Surabaya, Indonesia today, having been attended by 114 delegates from 37 institutions in 10 countries.

The Summit started on Wednesday evening with a traditional Welcome Dinner featuring local culinary delights and traditional dance. The dinner’s opening addresses were delivered by Universitas Airlangga Rector Professor Muhammad Nasih and by QS Branding & Conferences CEO Ms. Mandy Mok. The opening keynote address was delivered by the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education’s Director General of Human Resources Professor Ali Ghufron Mukti, who highlighted the rapid rise in academic output by Indonesian universities and reforms taking place in the medical education sector.

Thursday saw two seminar tracks, the first titled “The Impact of Information Technology in Medical Education”. An important theme through many of the presentations was the promise and challenges of artificial intelligence in medical education practice and training. While the rise of artificial intelligence seems inevitable, its successful adoption by medical schools is not. Leadership is needed to ensure that new technologies are successfully embedded in the teaching and learning process. In addition to a focus on technology Professor Nabishah Mohamad (Vice-President for Medical & Health Sciences Cluster, Management and Science University, Malaysia) highlighted the managerial challenges of organising inter-professional education; while Professor Gilberto K.K. Leung (Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, University of Hong Kong) showcased his institution’s enrichment year, aimed at nurturing and satisfying the broader curiosity of the person behind the professional.

The second track, titled “Beyond Translational Method in Medicine and Health Science” showcased a range of exciting scientific medical advances. A common thread emerged from the presentations and subsequent panel discussions: governance. Coordinated actions and government leadership are critically important whether it is for the successful adoption of new stem cell technology (Professor Ludovic Vallier, Cambridge University, UK), tackling tropical diseases (Professor Nasronuddin, Universitas Airlangga), streamlining clinical research (Professor James Batchelor, University of Southampton), successful tobacco control (Dr. Connie Hoe, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) or increasing the diagnosis rate of hepatitis C (Professor Ming Lung Yu, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan).

Friday saw the third track, titled “Collaboration in Supporting Medicine and Health Sciences”, featuring a range of presentations that touched on the role of community in creating a healthy society. This perspective was approached from the speeches on emergency medicine and response by Professor Matthew Huei-Ming Ma (National Taiwan University), building community support to treat heart disease by Dr Delvac Oceandy (University of Manchester, UK), the need to see health as a broader component of community and family well-being by Professor Alan Hayes (University of Newcastle, Australia) and by placing students in community projects and with faculty in community clinics by Dr Raymundo Baquiran (Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Philippines). The critical need to engage with communities to develop sustainable healthcare solutions were emphasized by all speakers.

Friday concluded with a round table discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing medical schools in ASEAN and beyond. The discussion featured senior academic leaders from Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The panel together with the audience discussed the personal challenges of medical school leadership, importance of alumni engagement and the need to add flexibility to the curriculum to meet students’ interests and passion, including courses in management and communication.

Following the round table Mr. Samuel Wong (QS Intelligence Unit) presented the QS World University Rankings by Subject on Medicine, highlighting the methodology and the strengths of Asian and Indonesian universities in the subject rankings.

In assessing the summit, Dr. Fazah Hanapiah, from the faculty of medicine at Universiti Teknologi MARA shared that this event “have helped increase ways of improving quality based services (teaching, clinical service and research) by means of exploring existing assets and the establishment of networks”. Dr. James Batchelor of the University of Southampton also pointed out that this Summit had an interesting mix of people and backgrounds.

Lastly, we would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support towards this event:

Hosting partner: Universitas Airlangga

Bronze Sponsorship: Sechenov University

Table Top sponsors: Universitas Gadjah Mada, Springer Nature, The University of Western Australia