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Vietnamese colleagues visit the university

Published: 3 September 2015

The teacher exchange, in the subject of Nursing, between Luleå University of Technology and Hanoi Medical University has taken a step further. This time Dr.Nguyen Thi ThanhHuong and Dr.Nguyen Thi LanAnh are visiting Luleå University of Technology for three weeks.

– We look forward to visiting hospitals in the area and take part of the education and research in Nursing. Through the exchange, we open the doors to further collaborations, said Dr.Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong.

Last autumn, lecturer Malin Henriksson and senior lecturer Päivi Juuso, Luleå University of Technology, went to visit Hanoi Medical University, HMU, and hospitals in Vietnam. Now the Department of Nursing is visited by colleagues from Vietnam for acknowledge- and experience exchange. For three weeks,the Vietnamese guest teachers will hold lectures for nursing students, visit hospitals, hold a lecture about public health inVietnam (see link below) and get introduced to the Nursing research conducted at the Division of Nursing.

Higher studies abroad

Hanoi Medical Universityis a 113 years old university, but is still young in the subject of Nursing. The faculties of both universities are equal in the number of lecturers and students,but have different opportunities for higher education.
– At HMU, students can only take a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. If they want obtain higher education, they must do so abroad. While here in Luleå you have a Master's degree in Nursing, said Dr.Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong and Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh.

Hanoi Medical University has 50 collaborations with countries and international organizations.The Faculty of Nursing has collaborations inSwedenwith universities in Gothenburg, Umeåand Luleå. Dr.Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong got her master degree from Gothenburg University.

Clean and quiet hospital

During their visit, a well-planned schedule makes it possible to get the most from their stay. The first day in Luleå Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong and Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh visited Sunderby hospital. What really impressed them was how clean and quiet the hospital was. It was also surprising that there was only one patient in each bed.
– In Vietnam, hospitals  are overcrowded with people. It's loud, no privacy and the family members' are always present. It is not unusual that there are two to four patients in each bed, and in each room there are ten beds, said Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh.

Supervisor guides students

At the Sunder by hospital, they also got to take part of the Nursing students’clinical training  education. Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong and Dr. Nguyen ThiLan Anh said that in Vietnam, students go around the hospital, talking to patients and at the end of the day, they have a lecture.

– Here, students have a supervisor who they follow throughout the training. It's a good model for us to be inspired by. We will learn a lot during our stay here in Luleå which we can take back with us to Vietnam, said Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong.

Lecture at Vetenskapens Hus

On 7 September, Dr Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong and Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh have a lecture on Public Health Trends in Vietnam in the House of Science at 19:00.

The teacher exchange is financed within the Linnaeus-Palme program, which is an international exchange program. It strives tocontribute to long-term cooperation between universities in Sweden and educational institutions in developing countries. The aim is to increase internationalization of Swedish higher education.