30 Aug 2017

JAMK pioneers master’s level nursing education exports in Kazakhstan

JAMK University of Applied Sciences will launch a master’s degree programme in nursing in Kazakhstan as the first operator from Finland. The training will be offered in cooperation with the Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education (KazMUCE).

The agreement was signed by Rector Jussi Halttunen and Rector-Chairman of the Board Raushan Issayeva on Friday 25 August at Astana Expo in connection with the Finnish Education VIP day in Kazakhstan. Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen was also present.

The agreement pertains to the two-year Master of Health Care programme that will be launched in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in September 2017. 20 Kazakhstani students have been selected for the studies; they will receive a degree from both KazMUCE and JAMK.

The degree programme, which leads to a master’s degree, is implemented in cooperation with teachers from JAMK, Lahti University of Applied Sciences and KazMUCE. Most of the studies are implemented as online studies and contact teaching in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

 “Online studies are a new study method in Kazakhstan. In connection with this training programme, we are also piloting the implementation of studies utilising an online environment,” says Senior Advisor Johanna Heikkilä from JAMK.

Some of the mandatory courses in the Kazakhstan state curriculum are implemented by KazMUCE. The training will also include pedagogical studies that will provide the students with the qualifications of a teacher. The future teachers will complete some of their studies in Finland.

The training programme is a continuation to other health care related training programmes organised in Kazakhstan by JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Häme University of Applied Sciences. So far, over 700 people have participated in the programmes.

A network of Finnish universities of applied sciences has been collaborating with the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan’s educational institutes since 2012. The project, which is funded by the World Bank, has developed a nurse education curriculum that meets EU requirements, for example. The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan has chosen JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Lahti University of Applied Sciences as its strategic partners for the development of nursing education in 2016–2019.

According to a press release by the Ministry of Education and Culture on 26 August 2017, the aim of the Finnish Government is to remove obstacles against education export by means such as changes in legislation and increasing the volume by one hundred million euros during the government term.

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For more information, please contact:
Johanna Heikkilä, Senior Advisor, +358 (0)40 848 8623, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Health and Social Studies