YES Programs



Alumna Selected as Student Representative for Science Exchange Program

Yue Xin Hoe posing with Japanese doctors in the hospital

By Yue Xin Hoe (YES 2019-2020, Malaysia, placed by CIEE in Palestine, TX)

I recently embarked on a transformative journey proudly representing Universiti Malaysia Sabah in the Sakura Science Exchange Program at Kyushu University Hospital in Japan. This program, sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), offered scholars a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Japan’s cutting-edge science, technology, and rich cultural tapestry.

During my 10-day adventure, I delved into the realms of telemedicine and telesurgery at Kyushu University Hospital. Guided by local doctors, I gained a firsthand look at how Japan seamlessly integrates cutting-edge technology into its healthcare practices. It was a truly eye-opening experience that broadened my perspective.

The journey continued to the Health Development Support Centre, where I discovered Japan’s proactive healthcare programs aimed at preventing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. What struck me most was their emphasis on educating citizens and making health screening services accessible to all. We also visited One Health Fukuoka Office, where I learned about the interconnectedness of maintaining a balanced environment and human well-being. The commitment to a clean and balanced ecosystem for the well-being of both nature and people left a lasting impression.

Picture with Japan’s medical and technological experts.

As the program concluded, I reflected on the invaluable interactions with Japan’s medical and technological experts. The YES program played a pivotal role, instilling in me the ability to connect effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, a skill that proved invaluable during the exchange. Moreover, it was through the YES program that I discovered my passion for medicine, inspired by my host mom, a compassionate nurse.

In essence, the Sakura Science Exchange Program showcased the power of global collaboration in advancing healthcare innovation. I’m eager to bring these newfound insights back home, fueled by the courage instilled by the YES program, and contribute to the ongoing evolution of healthcare in my community of Sabah.