Press Release

28 August 2014

This month the first cohort of Neonatal Nursing students in Vietnam have just received a British nursing certificate at Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children.

The UK Ambassador Designate, Giles Lever, joined Canterbury Christ Church University, Da Nang University for Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children, Da Nang Department of Health and Newborns Vietnam to celebrate the nurses’ success.

Neonatal nurses receiving certificates
Neonatal nurses receiving certificates

The class of 2013-2014, comprising 27 nurses from the neonatal unit at Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children, were awarded a joint certificate in Neonatal Nursing equivalent to the Level 4 UK Further Education & Higher Education Qualification Framework. The nurses have been taught by UK academics from Christ Church with over a year of theory and practical training.

Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We believe this is a first for a UK university and we are really proud to be leading on such a critical project of change which will benefit nurses, infants and their families in Vietnam.”

Neonatal nurses at ceremony
Neonatal nurses at ceremony

In March last year, a team of academics from the University introduced the course into the Da Nang Hospital to give Vietnamese nurses the opportunity for face-to-face lectures and practical learning sessions, as well as ‘live’ distance learning with Christ Church Academics.

Dr Nguyen Khac Minh, Rector at Da Nang University of Medical Technology & Pharmacy, said: “I am very pleased that our University is at the forefront of neonatal nurse education in my country. I would like to congratulate all our partners and nurses for an excellent initiative and one that will bring benefits to many newborns and their families”.

Notes to Editor

A collaborative partnership comprising Da Nang Department of Health (DNDoH) Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children (DNHWC), Da Nang University of Medical Technology & Pharmacy, Newborns Vietnam and Canterbury Christ Church University has developed Vietnam’s first international specialist neonatal nurse training programme.

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 most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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