Nov 30, 2011

Vancouver, BC, November 28, 2011 – A jobs and trade mission to Asia led by BC Premier Christy Clark has resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Langara College and India’s Royal Institute of Nursing (RIN) that paves the way for collaboration on student and faculty exchanges.

The delegation, which saw more than 120 BC companies and organizations travel to China and India, was the largest ever trade mission undertaken by the province. Premier Clark described the expedition as having three goals: “strengthening our existing relationships in the Asia-Pacific region; opening new doors; and setting the stage for future opportunities with China and India.”  

Langara’s VP Academic and Provost Dr. Martin Gerson, along with the Division Chair of Health Sciences Ajay Patel, accompanied Premier Clark on the journey to explore opportunities for the College overseas. The Langara delegates signed a new MOU with the RIN, an agreement that will enable both institutions to pursue collaborations that enrich the global education experience for their respective students and faculties. Students enrolled in Langara’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will now have the opportunity to seek community placements in India through the RIN as part of their program requirements. The MOU also allows both institutions to explore other activities of mutual interest, including joint research and faculty development projects.  

“Our visit to India, as part of the BC Government’s trade mission, was a very successful initiative for Langara,” says Gerson. “India is a very exciting country, where post-secondary education of all sorts is growing at a tremendous rate.”  

“This MOU will allow both institutions to pursue collaborations that will enhance the global educational experience for our respective students and faculty,” adds Patel. “Specifically, the MOU will allow Langara’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students to participate in ‘for credit’ placements in India through the RIN. This opportunity will give Langara’s BSN students a real global perspective in nursing.”  

Patel also expressed interest in exploring similar opportunities for Langara’s School of Nursing in other countries once the logistics of the partnership with the RIN are settled.  

While on the trade mission Gerson and Patel also visited INSCOL Academy in Chandigarh, one of India’s leading healthcare service providers, with whom Langara signed an MOU in August this year. This partnership has so far led to the establishment of the first-ever Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management for International Nurses in Western Canada.  

About the Royal Institute of Nursing

The RIN is one of India’s leading nursing institutions. It was established in 2007 by the Global Education and Charitable Trust (GECT), a non-profit organization that aims to enhance the accessibility and affordability of quality international education for young women and men in rural areas, and promote the nursing profession internationally.  

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