Alderson-Broaddus College President Richard A. Creehan and Francisco Paulino V. Cayco, chairman and chief executive officer of Arellano University, Manila, Philippines, recently reaffirmed their international partnership by signing a new memorandum of agreement.
The collaboration, which began in 2005 between the respective institutions, grew out of the desire to share an American nursing curriculum with a foreign partner to prepare students with contemporary health care concepts that have global implications.
The agreement is known as the International Nursing Partnership. The two private institutions of higher education have worked together since 2005 to implement the Alderson-Broaddus College Department of Nursing's curriculum with students and colleagues at Arellano University. Three cohorts of students have transferred to A-B and completed the program; a fourth group is expected to transfer in July 2012.
A-B President Richard Creehan, right, and Francisco Paulino V. Cayco, chairman and chief executive officer of Arellano University, Manila, Philippines, sign a new memorandum of agreement on A-B’s campus in May.
Students enrolled in the INP complete the first three years of the American nursing curriculum at the Arellano University Legarda campus. For their final year, the students who maintain their academic eligibility transfer to the A-B campus in West Virginia to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Alderson-Broaddus College. Arellano University has the oldest baccalaureate nursing program in the Philippines, while Alderson-Broaddus College is the oldest baccalaureate nursing program in West Virginia.
A contingent of representatives from Arellano University joined with their American counterparts from Alderson-Broaddus College to participate in the signing of the memorandum. While on the A-B campus, the visitors attended the Senior Nursing Convocation on May 11 and participated as guests in the commencement ceremonies May 12.
Those accompanying Cayco included Mario F. Sales, vice president for International Programs and dean of the Graduate School of Business; Frederick G. Dedace, vice president for human resources and director of legal affairs; Dr. Emerita C. Mendoza, officer in charge of the INP main campus; and Dr. Joaquin Venus III, nursing faculty member in the INP at Arellano University.