The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences initiates new collaborations in India

Assistant Professor Marthe Bjørgum and Dean Gøril Ursin were recently in India to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with two institutions regarding the exchange of students studying a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

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Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with SPPU.

The purpose of the collaboration is to establish an exchange programme with India and to contribute to the mutual exchange of knowledge in and about nursing and the organisation of health services. The collaboration started through the 2019 DIKU project called ‘The role of a nurse in a Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC) and global perspectives to health care provision: a practical introduction to the Indian Health Care System’. 

“Student exchange provides unique learning opportunities. One is able to experience other ways of performing nursing care, and other ways of organising services.  The students will also learn a lot about themselves in their encounters with other cultures”, says Dean Gøril Ursin. 

“In the future, we need to think differently about how Norwegian services are organised and what quality in nursing, care and treatment is. Exchanges can provide experience and knowledge that can be very valuable to take with you in your further education, professional life and in the further development of the health services here at home.” ​

Exchanges already taking place this year ​

As early as October, three nursing students from campus Bodø will start their elective supervised professional training at the two institutions Nord University has signed an agreement with. During the first four weeks, they will be affiliated with Pune University, where culture, history, public health and the health system are on the agenda - both theoretically and through fieldwork. During the last four weeks, students will work clinically at one of India’s best private hospitals. Although it is a private hospital, all types of people and castes are treated at this hospital, where they pay according to what they can afford.

Contrasts and fellowship  

The delegation from the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences sees both contrasts and fellowship in the encounter between the two cultures. 

“Although Indian society and its structures, views on women and population are very different from Norway, nursing education is organised very similarly to ours. Theory and practice alternate, and simulation and skills training play key roles. The teaching staff also consists of a mix of professors, associate professors and lecturers”, Ursin explains. 

“We are really looking forward to this collaboration, and hope it will provide fertile ground for valuable knowledge and cultural exchanges for everyone involved”, she concludes.  

Brief information about the two universities:​ 

School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU)​ has its main campus in Pune, but also has some campuses in other locations. In total, Pune University has approximately 7 million students. As a result, the campus is like a small village. They have a kindergarten and school for employees’ children. They also have a centre for medical assistance. The institution does not offer nursing education. Nord University has an agreement with the Department of Public Health/Health Sciences, which is headed by Professor Aarti Nagakar. 

Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU) Nursing College is a private institution that was established by Dr. Patil. The institution’s vision is to be one of India’s best hospitals. The nursing programme is located inside the hospital area. The hospital has approximately 3000 beds. The institution also offers education within the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, business management, homeopathy and Ayurveda. The nursing programme is led by Professor Rupali Salvi.​​ 

Gøril Ursin overrekker gave til representant ved DPU
Gøril Ursin presents a gift to a representative at DPU.