Joint Degree in Nursing launched with Singapore Institute of Technology

The University of Glasgow and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) are launching a new joint degree programme in Nursing. The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing is SIT’s first joint degree in partnership with the University of Glasgow. It is also one of the seven new degree programmes to be launched by SIT in 2016.

The President of SIT, Professor Tan Thiam Soon, and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli, took part in a formal signing ceremony this week at the Principal's Lodgings.Joint Nursing Degree with SIT

The University and SIT have been working in partnership since 2011; the University of Glasgow Singapore (UGS) was the first subsidiary outside of Scotland in the University's 560-year history.

This latest joint development - a two-year BSc (Hons) Nursing programme - is a full-time post-registration programme that builds on the foundation the students have established through their nursing diploma studies. The aim of the programme is to develop critical, analytical and innovative skills, as well as leadership, research and clinical competencies. Graduates will be able to translate new nursing knowledge into practice by making evidence-based clinical decisions.

To ensure that the programme stays relevant to the industry, SIT has consulted local healthcare institutions as well as the Singapore Ministry of Health on the curriculum. The Nursing programme adopts different pedagogical approaches of teaching and learning such as team-based learning, flipped classroom, standardised patients and simulation-based education.

The new degree programme will also feature the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP), a core component of all SIT degree programmes. Students will embark on the IWSP in the form of a six-week Clinical Practice Education, where they will integrate their knowledge and practice in the delivery of patient care in the hospitals and community.

In addition, students are required to complete the Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) where they will attend two weeks of taught seminars and two weeks of clinical observation in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Classes for the pioneer cohort, with a target intake of 50 students, will be conducted at SIT@NP Building in Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

“The University of Glasgow has been an overseas university partner of SIT since 2011 in five Engineering and IT degree programmes – Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Systems, Mechanical Design Engineering, Mechatronics and Computing Science. This new joint degree programme in Nursing will bring together the best of what our two institutions have to offer, as well as fulfil an important role in addressing the nursing care needs of the population in Singapore,” said Professor Muscatelli.

Professor Tan added: “The nursing profession is gaining traction over the years and it is important for SIT to play an integral role in this development. Building on the success of our existing collaboration with University of Glasgow, we are pleased to expand our degree programmes and provide more pathways for registered nurses who are looking to upgrade to a degree. As a university of applied learning, SIT students will be equipped with industry-relevant skills and knowledge to confidently meet future challenges in Singapore’s healthcare system.”

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First published: 21 January 2016

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