Press Release

13 December 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University has signed three agreements with institutions from around the world to enhance academic research and student study opportunities.

The University’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies has signed a continuation of their Memorandum of Understanding with Stord Haugesund University College, Norway.

Carrie Jackson, Head of Department, Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, explained: “Over the past four years the Department has been involved in exchange visits with Stord Haugesund University College, culminating in myself, and Visiting Professor Kim Manley, speaking at the Norwegian Conference on Caring Sciences and Person Centred Practice. The partnership has also enabled us to explore the potential for transferable models of education around clinical skills, teaching and public health. 

“By signing a continuation of the Memorandum for another 4 years we will be able to focus our future programme of work on the development of collaborative bids for European funding with Stord, and other countries in Europe, to undertake some theoretical development around Caring Sciences, and explore the potential for links between the Norwegian model for Practice Development and the England Centre for Practice Development, particularly in the field of dementia care.”

Acting Vice-Chancellor Andrew Ironside signs the MOU with Stephen Scoffham, who will take a copy to India with him.
Acting Vice-Chancellor Andrew Ironside signs the MOU with Stephen Scoffham, who will take a copy to India with him.

The University has also renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Church of South India (South Kerala Diocese).

Working in partnership since 2004, the Memorandum provides a framework within which staff and students from both sides can develop and promote inter-cultural understanding. The agreement covers a range of activities including study visits by students and staff, joint conferences, collaboration in research and professional development.

Dr Stephen Scoffham, Principal Lecturer for the Department of Primary Education, said: “We have much in common with the Church of South India. Each is a Christian Foundation and offers a similar range of subjects to students, especially in the domains of health and education. We hope that in addition to individual research initiatives we will be launching a joint journal (JUPITER), and arranging a joint conference in the year ahead.

“We very much welcome the special relationship that we have established with the Church of South India and look forward to continuing these academic and professional links in the years ahead.”

Peter Milburn (right) showing the Rwandan Government Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the facilities at Medway.
Peter Milburn (right) showing the Rwandan Government Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the facilities at Medway.

The University has also signed a Letter of Intent with Rwandan government officials following a meeting held last week between staff from the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care and Outreach and Partnership Team, and a senior delegation from Rwanda.

The delegation, led by Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Government Minister for Health, and including His Excellency Mr Ernest Rwamucyo, the Rwandan High Commissioner in London, met with senior colleagues from the University and local Consultant Surgeons at its Medway Campus to explore opportunities to develop a partnership to support specialist medical training for the country. The Letter of Intent will form the foundations for further negotiations.

Peter Milburn, Academic Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education, said: “It was a great honour to host the delegation. We enjoyed discussing the very impressive development of the health sector in Rwanda and look forward very much to being part of the Rwandan strategic ambition to train medical teams in highly specialised areas.

“We are pleased to be chosen for our values based approach to partnership working and expertise in postgraduate medical training.”


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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