Representatives from Concordia University, USA, have visited Wisconsin International University College, Ghana to explore collaboration and exchange opportunities in the area of Nursing.
Margaret McLaughlin, Associate Professor at Concordia University’s School of Nursing, and Rev. Dr. David Birner, Executive Director, International Education, were on a three-day visit to WIUC-Ghana.
During the visit, they interacted with members of WIUC-Ghana’s management and administration, Deans, Heads of Department and lecturers of other Schools and Faculties as well as lecturers and staff of the School of Nursing.
The visitors also witnessed simulations of nursing procedures by WIUC-Ghana’s School of Nursing lecturers, and both institutions discussed their respective curricula.
On the final day of their visit, the Concordia University staff toured the University of Ghana Hospital, where WIUC-Ghana students undertake their practicals. They also took time out to visit some of Accra’s historical sites.
Following the visit, the Acting Dean of WIUC-Ghana’s School of Nursing, Ms. Angela Acheampong, said: “This was a very successful and interactive visit. We have a long way to go in learning from each other.
“We have scheduled video conferences with Concordia’s high-tech simulation centre so that our students can watch their simulations live. They have interactive robotic dummies which can respond to various stimuli, so this will be a very good learning experience for our students.”
She added that the visiting team was very impressed that WIUC-Ghana merges skills training with simulation, which is an approach that they would also consider.
On the way forward, Ms Acheampong said the two institutions are exploring an exchange programme whereby Concordia University students would visit Ghana for 10 days for skills training and practicals. WIUC-Ghana’s faculty and students would also visit Concordia University and undertake sessions in their high-tech simulation centre.
The two institutions have also discussed collaboration on research in the area of simulation.