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
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.