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Thursday, 09 March 2017

New project opens doors for nursing students

OPPORTUNITY: Nursing students Molefi Dexter Shebi, Shihaam Barnes and Philicia Bloom are benefiting from a new international project. OPPORTUNITY: Nursing students Molefi Dexter Shebi, Shihaam Barnes and Philicia Bloom are benefiting from a new international project.

Three dedicated nursing students from CPUT’s Western Cape College of Nursing (WCCN) are gaining valuable training and experience in Europe as part of a new international project.

CPUT has teamed up with three European universities of applied science and two South African research universities for the new project, which is focused on the fields of healthcare and welfare.

Called the Caring Society (CASO) 3.0 consortium, the six participating partners have received a grant of more than €800 000 from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education programme to help them achieve their goals.

CPUT’s WCCN and the institution’s Sport Management Department are participating in the project.

Three nursing students, Shihaam Barnes (Athlone campus), Molefi Dexter Shebi (Southern Cape campus) and Philicia Bloom (Worcester campus), recently departed for Europe, where they will visit Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium and Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Lecturer Karien Orton said that among other things the students would attend an interprofessional workshop in Belgium and visit a number of healthcare institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium.

She said that to be selected they had to meet a series of criteria including strong leadership qualities and a good academic record.
Participation in the project allows CPUT and the WCCN to contribute to international knowledge development in healthcare and the community, as well as the internationalisation of students.

The higher education institutions participating in the programme will focus on three pillars, which include the Patient Partner Programme, the Health and Lifestyle Programme and the Care for the Caregiver Programme.

The participating universities are: CPUT, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, the Finnish Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Karel de Grote Hogeschool.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.