International Medical Department of Kyushu University Hospital
Overseas Exchange Center (OVEX)

OVEX aims to develop global human resources. It promotes international exchanges among medical staff, such as overseas training and visits from foreign medical staff and researchers. OVEX also supports foreign visitors to ensure that they have a comfortable and meaningful stay.


OVEX has a director, vice-director, one medical staff and three international coordinators.

  • Planning and coordination of international visits and exchanges
  • Arranging visits for medical staff to/from foreign universities or hospitals
  • Receiving and supporting foreign doctors, engineers and researchers, and providing training for them
  • Providing support for international joint research
  • Supporting remote communication with foreign hospitals
  • Supporting and developing overseas partnerships
  • Building a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for international exchanges and joint research
  • Supporting and developing procedures for international exchanges, including visas, accommodation, travel fees and salaries.
  • Ensuring consistency of contact for overseas exchanges in Kyushu University Hospital
Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC)

This center aims to establish effective and consistent medical communications among Asian countries, using super-fast Internet and advanced technology.


TEMDEC has a director, vice-director, one assistant professor, one research fellow, two technical staffs, and three international coordinators.

  • Export of knowledge about medical technology developed in Japan (for example, early diagnosis of gastric cancer)
  • Development of attractive content, including suggesting suitable programs given the current state of knowledge worldwide
  • Coordination with staff all over the world,
  • Performance and evaluation of programs to ensure delivery of a continuous and attractive program of training
  • Development and application of new technology
  • Delivery of audio-visual communication with hospitals all over the world
  • Providing technical support for other hospitals domestically and internationally
  • Filling the gaps between institutions to support smooth connections
  • Providing the Secretariat for the Medical Working Group of Asia-Pacific Advanced Network:
  • Organizing regular cross-disciplinary seminars to foster the development of a global network
International Patient Support Center (IPAC)

IPAC supports Kyushu University Hospital to supply advanced patient care for international patients, and makes an international contribution as a center of advanced medical care in Asia. An international patient is considered to be a foreign or Japanese citizen living abroad, or a foreign citizen living in Japan.


IPAC has a director, a vice-director, an assistant professor for clinical service, two translators (English and Chinese) and two administrators.

  • Providing support to enable the hospital to accept international patients
  • Providing the Secretariat for the National University Hospital Medical Cooperation Network
  • Cooperation with projects for medical service improvement for international patients by local government and regional medical associations of Fukuoka prefecture and Fukuoka city
  • Providing healthcare advice for international students and staff
  • Providing advice on accepting international patients via a website
  • Prior evaluation for international patients
  • Assessment of the suitability of institutions to accept international patients
  • Communication and cooperation with institutions that accept international patients
  • Cooperation with the Fukuoka Asian Medical Support Center of Fukuoka Prefecture/City
  • Communication and cooperation with companies providing services for international patients
  • Providing translation services using staff and volunteers
  • Participation as a core member in local activities and committees on accepting foreign patients
  • Acting as a contact point on management of infectious diseases
  • Participation as a core member in local activities and committees on accepting foreign patients
  • Managing any problems about foreign patients