Gannon University Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Nursing College in India and Welcomes Representatives to Campus

Posted: September 25, 2014

Gannon University and Sacred Heart Nursing College in India have agreed to establish an exchange program between the two institutions. This week Gannon welcomed representatives from Sacred Heart to Campus to explore and learn about what Gannon has to offer to its students and theirs.

This exchange will involve undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and administration, and will advance the goals of teaching, research, experiential learning and mutual understanding at the two institutions.

Founded by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Dindugal in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Sacred Heart offers a degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Under the terms of the agreement there are plans to offer students at Sacred Heart a Gannon nursing elective course this spring, followed by an occupational therapy fieldwork unit next summer.

"The practice of medicine is very different in India compared to America. This agreement creates opportunities for Gannon University students to interact with students or participate in distance learning that involves Gannon nursing faculty and faculty in India," said Steve Mauro, Ph.D., dean of Gannon's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. Mauro also cited the opportunities for service in India, which he called "tremendous."

The agreement will enable Gannon faculty to teach at Sacred Heart Nursing College through faculty exchanges and to collaborate in scholarship. "Faculty will have the opportunity to travel to and spend time in India, which can be a short-duration trip for special lectures, courses or other collaboration, or maybe even longer as a visiting professor," Mauro said.

"This agreement will allow for learning a standard of operation from a different culture and opportunity to travel to India," Mauro said. "It will present opportunities to participate in coursework and appreciate the diverse differences that globalization studies afford our students."

The agreement with Sacred Heart is part of a strategic initiative to build a worldview for students and faculty via intensive interaction with partner institutions in other countries that are built on a congruence of the institutions' missions. In the past two academic years, agreements have been signed with colleges and universities in Germany, Ireland and Poland, joining established relationships in the Middle East (Jordan), Southeast Asia (Thailand), and Australia.