School of Nursing partners with University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College
Enhancements in research and student learning initiatives are at the core of the new memorandum of understanding signed by UBC’s School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, and the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing (EERP-USP.)
“This agreement represents our commitment to build lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships that increase our academic offerings to our students and leverage our shared expertise in health–related research,” say UBC Okanagan’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.
The accord builds on existing relationships between the two schools of nursing, which includes joint research publications and visits between faculty members. The formalized partnership will support efforts to increase the frequency of the collaborative efforts including research collaborations and faculty and student exchanges.
“The agreement allows the exchange of researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the institutional recognition of the ongoing activities among researchers from both institutions,” says Prof. Silvana Martins Mishima, Dean of EERP-USP School of Nursing.
“Certainly, there will be the strengthening of relations between the two institutions, opening up other possibilities in the future regarding the production of knowledge in areas of mutual interest, development of collaborative research, as well as opportunities for research and training in different health care settings,” says Martins Mishima.
“We believe this initiative will have a significant long-term impact on both of our nursing schools,” says Prof. Patricia Marck, director of UBC’s School of Nursing.
“In working with EERP-USP we have the opportunity for our faculty and students to research and learn with some of Brazils’ top nursing scholars in several areas of shared interest, including safety and quality, nursing leadership, and health equity,” says Marck.
The partnership represents a significant step in UBC Okanagan’s efforts to grow its network abroad and contributes directly the University’s strategic objective of creating rich opportunities for international engagement, including for students and researchers.