The customised education was offered in cooperation with the Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education (KazMUCE). The implementation was a two-year programme in which nursing specialists from JAMK and LAMK taught together with their colleagues from Kazakhstan. The studies took place in Kazakhstan, Finland and online.

The studies meet the requirements for a second-cycle higher education degree of both Kazakhstan and Finland and also include pedagogical studies, because the students receive a degree from both KazMUCE and JAMK.

"We already have nearly ten years of experience in advanced nursing practice education in Finland. Strengthening the nurses’ expertise and the deployment and assessment of evidence-based nursing methods play a key role in present day nursing practice," says Hanna Hopia, Principal Lecturer and teacher in charge of the Degree Programme in Advanced Nursing Practice.

"The graduated nurses will play an important role in the development of nursing and nursing education in Kazakhstan, as they now have both experiential and research-based knowledge on the nurse’s international role, job description and education, which they can apply in their jobs as teachers and developers," says Senior Advisor Johanna Heikkilä.

The education is a continuation of long-term cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health, higher education institutions and other educational institutions to develop the country’s nursing education and improve the availability, efficiency and quality of health services in Kazakhstan.

The first master’s degree graduates at JAMK graduated in Kazakhstan