Republic of Korea opens a new horizon by Inaugurating First-Ever Postgraduate Nursing Institution in Bangladesh
Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched Banglades
h’s first-ever and highly anticipated postgraduate nursing education institution by unveiling the plaque of inauguration stone on May 12, 2018. “National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research (NIANER)” which marked as the country’s historical moment in the health education sector has been supported by the Republic of Korea (KOICA).
The inauguration was graced by both Korean and Bangladeshi high profile dignitaries namely, Mr. Jinho Song, Vice President, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Ms. Eun-Young Kim, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, Mr. Mohammed Nasim, MP, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Jute and Textiles, Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP, State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, and Mr. Md. Serajul Huq Khan, Secretary, Health Services Division of MoHFW.
NIANER was initiated by the Honorable PM of Bangladesh during her visit to Korea in May 2010. In light of this, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, KOICA has committed to collaborating with the Government of Bangladesh to launch the project titled “Establishment of the National Institute of Advanced Practice Nurses in Bangladesh” with a budget of US$13.75 million in 2012.
Korean government through KOICA has established a full package of MSc nursing education program by establishing an academic center inclusive of dormitory facilities, auditorium, research centre, library along with six MSc curriculum development- adult, maternal, psychiatric, child & community health nursing- equipment supply, capacity building training and nursing administration. The aim is to produce skilled nurses by providing advanced higher level nursing education and research.
Speaking as the chief guest, PM Sheikh Hasina stated the warm bilateral relations enjoyed between Korea and Bangladesh, by further adding how she was delighted to see the project materialize which will now enable Bangladesh to locally educate nurses to meet its demand. Furthermore, KOICA’s Vice President, Mr. Jinho Song, mentioned that this project is embodied with Korea and Bangladesh’s shared commitment for cooperation and development and ensured closer ties between both countries for decades to come.