Holmesglen's nursing department has welcomed visitors from Canada's Grande Prairie Regional College.

Holmesglen Partners With Canadian Institute On Faculty Exchange

Holmesglen has welcomed Canadian guests as part of a new faculty exchange and research partnership, which will provide significant learning opportunities for the institute.

Grande Prairie Regional College Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott, have travelled to Australia to view Holmesglen's facilities and meet with Holmesglen staff and students. The visit sees both education providers sharing insights into the field of nursing.

"The scope of this partnership from 2016 to 2019 is nursing, with a view to the possibility of broadening this to encompass other health, science and community studies programs beyond this initial period," said Holmesglen Dean, Faculty of Health Science, Youth & Community Studies, Gabrielle Koutoukidis.

The partnership coincides with the opening of Holmesglen Private Hospital, the first TAFE-based hospital in Australia. Grande Prairie Regional College are preparing to build a hospital on their campus and are using the trip to help inform its development.  

"The faculty exchange program will provide opportunities for selected faculty to broaden their global professional perspective, share ideas with faculty at partner institutes, identify areas for collaboration and research, and grow international educational networks."

The partnership will also assist Holmesglen's nursing cohort. A student exchange program is included in the partnership. The initiative will offer students the chance to attend on and off-campus events at Grande Prairie Regional College. Additionally, the institute believes the working relationship will provide an outlet for future collaborative research and innovation projects.

"These platforms will increase the profile of Holmesglen, the courses and students and also of our teaching faculty.  It could benefit us in being able to attract teaching faculty to the organisation and assists with professional development and scholarly activity for the teaching faculty," said Ms Koutoukidis.

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