International Initiatives

By looking beyond borders and forming strategic partnerships with nursing schools around the world, UBC Nursing shares knowledge to enhance the nursing profession and improve health standards. These partnerships are designed to improve nursing education, practice and research overseas and at home, and promote international relationships.

Examples of current partnerships include:

Chinese University of Hong Kong – UBC International Centre on Nursing Leadership
Deputy Director: Dr. Maura Macphee
The CUHK Nethersole School of Nursing has a Memorandum of Understanding with the UBC School of Nursing. The two Schools collaborate on postgraduate teaching, postgraduate student exchange, professional education and research. The two Schools jointly established the CUHK-UBC International Centre on Nursing Leadership (CUHK-UBC ICNL) to serve be a learning hub for evidence-based management and leadership practice; a forum to debate and to exchange knowledge and professional experiences; and a knowledge network for local, national and international practice, education and research collaborations related to nursing leadership development.

University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto College of Nursing – Grand Challenges in Global Health
International Consultants: Dr. Fay Warnock and Dr. Suzanne Campbell
The Brazilian Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation provided competitive funding for this two-year international nursing collaboration between nurse clinicians and researchers from Brazil, Canada and Norway.
The two-fold aims are to promote the clinical uptake of the newly developed neo-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (specially developed to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the pre-term) in five neonatal units in Brazil and test their effectiveness in increasing breastfeeding rates and reducing mortality and morbidity outcomes.

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in Faridkot – Supporting Nursing in the Punjab
Director: Dr. Susan Dahinten
This initiative with the Canada India Education Society (CIES) puts the School of Nursing in partnership with Baba Farid. This university is the degree-granting institute for the entirety of the state of Punjab, and has affiliations with a large number of colleges. The partnership supports and develops undergraduate nursing education across Punjab, and broaches further into nursing research and graduate programs so as to improve health care and health outcomes for the population.

If you would like information about the UBC Nursing’s international projects or you are interested in helping to fund any of these projects, please contact us .

For information about international learning opportunities for UBC students such as Group Study Programs, Exchange, Research Abroad and Practicum Placements, contact Go Global.