International University West Africa (AIUWA); a registered and approved
institution of higher education by Gambia’s Ministry of Higher Education,
Research, Science and Technology and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, to
provide effective and World-Class education to qualified and motivated students
directly after high school, have signed an agreement with Columbia University
School of Nursing (CUSON) in the US for clinical experience building, among
The agreement was signed on Friday at the AIUWA campus in Kanifing. It was signed by Dinesh Shukla, President of AIUWA and Jennifer Dohrn, director of the office of global initiatives and WHO collaborating centre for advanced practice nursing at CUSON.
The agreement will entail both sides exchange of experience and the first action of the agreement will bring four masters students from CUSON to AIUWA for a six weeks clinical experience.
“This is part of a long-term initiative at CUSON in which we will be sending 75 students to 16 different countries around the world,” Jennifer Dohrn said, while presenting a topic on transforming nursing education to be relevant for a global community.
She said the MoU is a basic agreement to improve nursing in the curriculum department and research building, saying the right to health is a basic and highest attainable human right. “WHO 2015 report indicated that at least 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Nurses and midwives always fight in the frontlines to save lives. You have a big role to play to understand the issues of health in your country and at global level,” she told medical practitioners.
Dohrn said she view nurses as agents of change and they must strive to know and underhand that there is always need for evidence to best address health issues.
Dinesh Shukla said, “We are now proposing a master’s degree in midwifery and we need partnership. It is important to develop this and we want here to be a center of nerve for medical education.”
He said he hoped that signing the agreement with CUSON will add huge value to growing and improvement of the AIUWA programmes and increase nursing and midwifery profession.