ACU to help Filipino universities train nurses

Australian Catholic University has signed a partnership agreement with three nursing schools in the Philippines to raise educational standards for highly sought after Filipino nurses.

INQ7 reports that as the worldwide demand for Filipino nurses increases, three Philippine nursing schools have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Catholic University (ACU National) in a move to raise the standards of nursing education in the country.

Philippines Consul General to Sydney Theresa Lazaro said the De La Salle-Health Sciences Campus, the University of San Carlos in Cebu, and the Manila Doctors College signed the MOU to provide a framework for nursing education cooperation through a range of exchange and immersion programs.

The MOU also includes the development of cross-cultural awareness programs for students, faculty, and staff; collaboration in research projects; and nursing education cooperation exchanges and visits.

"This cooperative endeavour will ensure that the future Filipino nurses are given a wider range of choices enabling them to adapt and work in a cross-cultural setting and thus be given a competitive edge in the global professional market of nursing practitioners," Ms Lazaro said in a statement.

Delegations from the three Philippine educational institutions are expected to arrive in Sydney within the next few weeks to discuss the implementation of pilot programs, which are expected to commence sometime in 2007.

3 nursing schools sign MOU with Australian university (INQ7.net 28/6/06)

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29 Jun 2006