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Douglas College signs nursing student exchange partnership with Shanghai hospital

Douglas College has established a formal partnership with an international hospital in China intended to improve nursing training and development. Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander was on hand to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Douglas College and Shanghai Redleaf Women's Hospital, which opens the door to exchanges of nursing students and hospital nurses between the two institutions.

Under the agreement, up to eight nursing students per year from Douglas College will complete practicums at the hospital, gaining exposure to areas of the medical field including obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and newborn care. The agreement also allows up to six nurses per year from Redleaf hospital to visit Douglas College and learn about nursing in the western healthcare system.

Douglas College President Scott McAlpine and Shanghai Redleaf Women's Hospital CEO John Yeh signed the agreement during a ceremony held at the hospital on Sunday, March 23. Minister Alexander was also present for the event, along with hospital and local government officials.

"Practicum experience for nursing students in pediatrics and obstetrics in Canada is in high demand by all nursing schools," says Kathy Denton, Vice President Academic at Douglas College. "This relationship provides students with an incredible opportunity to gain unique experience in these two specialty areas at an English-speaking hospital, while providing an amazing cultural experience.

Located in eastern China, Shanghai Redleaf Women's Hospital is a 105-bed facility that provides a range of healthcare services for women and children. The hospital has an existing strategic partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.

Also on March 23, Minister Alexander and President McAlpine visited the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, a partner institution where Douglas College jointly offers a dual-diploma in financial services and a dual-degree in business administration. The minister was greeted by university officials, met with students in the programs and toured the university.

"We were really pleased to have Minister Alexander join us in Shanghai to see one of Douglas College's international programs in action and witness the signing of an exciting new partnership," says President McAlpine. "This is a truly unique opportunity for our nursing students."

Photos from the signing ceremony at Shanghai Redleaf Women's Hospital:

Redleaf signing.

Shanghai Redleaf Women's Hospital CEO John Yeh, front left, Douglas College President Scott McAlpine, front right, Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander, centre back.

Redleaf signing.

Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander.

Redleaf signing.

Canada's Consul General, Shanghai, Rick Savone.