Gannon University Receives U.S.-India 21st Century Award

Posted: August 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of State and the University Grants Commission have announced that Gannon University has received a U.S.-India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award.

The award for the maximum amount of $190,000 will support a project entitled Partnership for Global Orientation for Teaching Education Advancement For Comprehensive Health Education (Partnership GO TEACH Education), a cooperative effort of Gannon University's Villa Maria School of Nursing and Sacred Heart Nursing College, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India.

GO TEACH will design a nursing education curriculum to be jointly implemented at both institutions. The goal is to leverage the strengths of nursing education as it is conducted on each campus and apply those strengths across cultures. Indian students will have the opportunity to learn and perfect nursing techniques on simulation equipment, thus improving their skills before they enter a setting in which they work with live patients.

U.S. students will learn how to respond to and provide care in a public health context and in settings with high patient volumes. These culturally competent students will enter the workforce better trained and more skilled than many of their peers. To complete the project, teams from Gannon and Sacred Heart will spend two weeks a year in exchange visits over a period of three years.

Gannon is one of only eight universities in the U.S. to have received the grant, and is among the two smallest in enrollment size to have been selected. Four universities in India were also awarded grants through the initiative.

Gannon University and Sacred Heart Nursing College in India concluded a memorandum of understanding in 2014 to establish an exchange program involving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and administration, to 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, Sacred Heart offers a degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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 on three continents.

Formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, the program supports projects that strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions of higher education. Each project will receive an award of that can be utilized over a three-year period, with the aim of encouraging mutual understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the development of faculty at U.S. and Indian and institutions of higher learning.