To improve the quality of nursing education by providing academic support, a US-based university dubbed Kean University (KU), New Jersey, has recently signed agreements with International Medical College (IMC) of Bangladesh. This was informed at a press conference, jointly organized by IMC and KU, at National Press Club, Dhaka on 19 April 2011.
Under the agreements, the KU would send a number of teachers and resource persons to Bangladesh to impart training to nursing teachers. Besides, they will start a Certificate Program on English as Second Language (ESL) here which is designed for healthcare professionals who would be very helpful for nurses to improve English language proficiency.
IMC Chairman Major General (Retd.) M Abdur Rob addressed the function as the key speaker while Chairman of the Advisory Board of IMC and Pro-Vice Chancellor of North South University Prof. Dr. SAM Khairul Bashar was as moderator. Among others, Prof. Dr. Minnie Campbel, Executive Director, School of Nursing of KU, Prof. Timothy Torry, Director, Centre for International Studies, MA Mubin Khan, Deputy Managing Director, IML, Prof. Dr. ATM Mahbubul Alam, Principal, IMC and Naznin Begum, Chief of Nursing Unit were spoke on the occasion.
Abdur Rob said, the country has now around 21,000 nurses and the nurse and patient is 6:1 compared to international standard of 1:4. A total of 1,346 nurses are now working in some 13 countries including Kuwait, UAE, United Kingdom (UK), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). He added that the country needs two lakh nurses and 64,000 doctors by 2021, he observed.
Prof. Dr. Bashar said, Bangladesh is suffering from resource constraints and its healthcare sector was not developed up to the satisfactory level due to lack of trained nurses. MA Mubin said, since the introduction of four-year BSC Nursing program in 2007, the IMC is providing cost-effective tuition fees to students. The country should have a number of nursing colleges to meet the growing demand for nurse, he added.
Referring to the agreement on ESL, Dr. Timothy Torre favored introduction of state-of-the-art learning method to cope with the world, which is changing gradually.