Last November, faculty from Denmark visited us in Winnipeg, touring our city and learning about Red River College. This past February, the Nursing Department was able to reciprocate.
Members of the Nursing faculty had the opportunity to visit Denmark as part of our efforts to develop international relationships. Our faculty met with representatives from Via University College and experienced the wonderful sights Denmark has to offer.
The multi-campus Via University College is similar in size to Red River College and offers a Bachelor of Nursing program under the Faculty of Health Sciences. They also have a joint Master’s program (with Deakin University in Australia) and four research centers in Health Sciences. Their Nursing programs have a number of interesting areas, from dementia research, to an ethical lab focused on empathy, to entrepreneurship. They also have a strong clinical focus and incorporate research opportunities early for students.
Our faculty toured the campuses and tourist spots in Holstebro and Aarhus, learning about the similarities and differences between Denmark and Canada, as well as Nursing education at our two educational institutes.
The visit continued discussions about the possibilities of an international partnership, with goals including summer schools, exchanges (both physically and virtually), and other learning opportunities.
Check out the blog next week to hear about how one of those goals is being achieved this summer!
Post written by Meagen Chorney and Alison Fyfe-Carlson – Nursing Instructors