KOICA Holds the First Ever Nursing Post Graduation Ceremony in Bangladesh
The country’s first ever nursing post graduation ceremony was held at the newly established “National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research (NIANER)” today, June 25, 2018. This is the historical moment for Bangladesh nursing education sector. A total number of thirty six (36) MSc nursing students have successfully completed their post graduation courses from NIANER on six major subjects.
Honorable State Minister of MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare), Mr. Zahid Maleque was present as chief guest while the Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Jute and Textiles Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP was present as special guest in the event. Among the others, DG of DGNM (Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery), Pro-Vice Chancellor of BSMMU (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University), Registrar of BNMC (Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council), Deputy Country Director of KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and Director of NIANER were also present to be an evidence of this historical moment for Bangladesh.
This remarkable project was initiated by the Honorable Prime Minister (PM) of Bangladesh Government, H. E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina to establish an advanced higher level nursing education centre in Bangladesh in order to develop knowledgeable and qualified nurses and fulfill the shortage in this noble profession. In light of this, Republic of Korea (KOICA) has supported to execute the PM’s dream project “Establishment of the National Institute of Advanced Practice Nurses in Bangladesh” with a budget of US$13.75 million grants aid.
Speaking as the chief guest, Mr. Zahid Maleque, Honorable State Minister of MoHFW expressed his gratitude to the Korean Government (KOICA) for their tremendous support to establish this wonderful post graduate nursing institute and nicely manage to operate this advanced level institution in Bangladesh.
Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP also thanked to the Korean Government and emphasized to maintain the quality of education and produce the next generation’s nursing leader from this institution. As an elected local leader of Mugdapara, he ensured all kind of cooperation for NIANER improvement.
Mr. Bae Jin-Hyeon, Deputy Country Director of KOICA expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Bangladesh Government for continuous support in making the project increasingly successful. He hopes that this institution will be able to produce skilled manpower in nursing sector to meet the local demands and also ensure decent jobs at home and abroad.
It was believe that this MSc. nursing program will open a new horizon for Bangladesh to demonstrate modernized nursing education system. All the graduates will be capable enough to capture the local market and compete with other post graduate nurses who have studied in abroad. These locally produced graduate nurses will create a good image in the job market and contribute in the nursing development in Bangladesh.