We were delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Eritrea, Ian Richards, during his recent trip to the UK.
Ian Richards (centre) with members of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences team: Dr. Elaine Lee, Jennifer Donachie, Dr. Jo Corlett, Professor Margaret Smith OBE, Gordon McFarlane and Margaret Pendreigh.
Ian’s visit to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences allowed us to reflect on our relationship with Eritrea and discuss potential future collaborative working. We are pleased to hear that the capital of Eritrea, Asmara, has been chosen as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2017 which is an exceptional example of early modernist architecture.
Since 2003 the University has had a successful partnership with the Ministry of Health in Eritrea. The partnership was based on building capacity and capability of professionals working within the healthcare sector. During this time the University has seen over 150 students graduating with a baccalaureate degree and in 2013 the partnership advanced into Masters level education with 23 students recruited to the programme. The programmes are taught via online distance learning, supported by in-country visits, with School of Nursing and Health Sciences staff and colleagues from the School of Education and Social Work and Library and Learning, visiting Eritrea to provide teaching sessions to students throughout the programmes.
We will be holding a Research Conference and Graduation event in Eritrea in September 2017 to celebrate the successes of our students.
Professor Margaret Smith OBE, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, said, “Our aim is to transform lives, both locally and globally, and during our long standing relationship with Eritrea there has been a positive impact within health in Eritrea involving our graduates.”