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July 26, 2006
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EMU partners with Taiwan university to create study abroad program in nursing

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has joined Taiwan’s National Yang-Ming University (YMU) to create a study abroad exchange program for nursing students.

 “The importance of this program is to enhance our students’ and faculty members’ understanding of global issues impacting health care delivery, both through the interaction with the international students and the opportunity to go to Taiwan,” said Jeanne Thomas, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Virginia Lan, associate professor at EMU, served on the committee that established the school of nursing at YMU 21 years ago. She has spent more than two years planning this exchange.

“This is an opportunity for students to experience living in another culture,” said Lan. “They expand their knowledge while observing how health care works in other countries.”

A group of seven Taiwanese students will take the “Health Assessment” course at EMU this summer. In addition, the exchange students will visit area hospitals and cultural institutions.

Eastern’s students in the College of Health and Human Services will have the opportunity to apply to study in Taiwan as an elective course in spring 2007. EMU students will participate in a practicum with Taiwanese nurses that will expose them to the medical practices of eastern culture, such as acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies.

“Many of their [Taiwan’s] practices are patterned after ours,” said Lan. “[EMU] students will encounter doctors who use western health care, but also traditional Chinese health care.”

 “Internationalizing our curriculum and ideas about health care will be a great value to our program in nursing,” said Thomas.



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