GU, ACU Sign Nursing Study Abroad Agreement
A new agreement between Georgetown and Australian Catholic University (ACU) will allow nursing students at both universities to study on each other’s campus.
NHS Dean Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D., and ACU Vice Chancellor Greg Craven, LLB, LLM, signed the agreement Nov. 14 at a special reception in St. Mary’s Hall.
“We’re very pleased to be able to join you in this agreement,” Iguchi said. “Our students consider [study abroad] transformative. It is something that is very important to us.”
Craven noted that ACU includes six campuses around Australia with approximately 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
The nursing program is situated among ACU’s Faculty of Health Sciences and is the largest supplier of nurses in Australia.
The vice chancellor noted that the similarity in the mission of both universities.
“One of the things that is so obvious is the correlation between things like social justice and the dignity of the human person,” Craven said. “We have common assumptions. If you have common assumptions and different applications, that seems to provide the most fruitful possibilities for collaboration.”
The new program begins in spring 2012, when Georgetown’s nursing majors will travel to ACU. In fall 2012, nursing students from ACU will study at Georgetown.
Katherine Bellows, executive director of international programs at Georgetown, helped organize the signing.
“We thank you all for the efforts that you put into creating this agreement,” she said. “We look forward to developing it … in the years to come.”
Georgetown nursing majors who would like more information should contact Brian Floyd, M.A., associate director of academic affairs at NHS.
By Bill Cessato, NHS Communications