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(From left) Shanaz, Raja Azlan, Dr Karstadt and University of Hertfordshire regional director of South-east Asia Dr John Beamish.

Those intending to pursue a British degree in nursing locally will soon have the opportunity, thanks to a collaborative partnership between Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College and University of Hertfordshire, UK.

The full-time Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Contemporary Nursing is scheduled to commence in Jan 2012. The two year study programme will enable students to save more than 50% in course and tuition fees as well as accommodation and living costs.

The programme is intended for those who have obtained the Diploma in Nursing and wish to further their studies in this field. It is also relevant to experienced nurses who wish to enhance skills and knowledge in their specific areas of practice.

Those who successfully pursue the degree programme will be awarded with a University of Hertfordshire degree. Its School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is one of Britain’s largest nursing schools offering a wide choice of pre-and-post-qualification education and training.

It is also the training and education provider for Britain’s two largest strategic health authorities East of England and London.

"We are proud to be working with a distinguished academic institution like the University of Hertfordshire to facilitate student progression to the university’s contemporary nursing degree programme after completion of requisite qualifications," said Sime Darby Healthcare Division managing director, Raja Azlan Raja Azwa.

He said this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Hertfordshire at the Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya. The college is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Healthcare, which also owns three medical centres Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya, Sime Darby Specialist Medical Centre Megah and Sime Darby Medical Centre Ara Damansara.

Faculty of Health and Human Sciences deputy dean Dr Lyn Karstadt signed the MOU on behalf of the university’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College chief executive Shanaz Mawji said the signing marked one of the many initiatives by the college in developing new opportunities for undergraduates.

The BSc (Hons) Contemporary Nursing programme aims to produce graduates who are well-versed and knowledgeable in the industry, display excellent analytical skills and improved effectiveness of care. The programme provides two uniquely incorporated niche modules, which will be an added advantage to students in their work career.

The degree course is delivered and assessed via assignments by University of Hertfordshire faculty staff. The programme is kept relevant to industry needs by the academic staff that meet to develop, review and refine the areas of study.

Students will have access to online tutorial support, extensive online collections of information resources, as well as digital and print collections in the college.

University of Hertfordshire’s high standing in Britain is confirmed by recent surveys that placed it among the top in teaching and research. It was nationally and internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for nursing and midwifery research and placed sixth for nursing research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Britain.

Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College is one of the pioneers in healthcare education in Malaysia. It was established in 1995 and is registered as a Higher Education Provider with the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

Current diploma programmes offered are Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Diploma in Physiotherapy. Short courses offered are Certificate in Basic Healthcare and English Language programme. The college also offers Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching Methodology, Professional Certificate in Pen-Operative Nursing and Professional Certificate in Critical Care Nursing for post-graduates. All Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College programmes are approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

The college, with a track record of academic excellence, consistently achieves 98% passes over the last 15 years for the Registration Exams conducted by the Malaysian Nursing Board.

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