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
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
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.