Norway − India Cooperation on Nursing education and practice

The gap between education and practices has widened. Moreover, there is a significant difference between what is taught in classroom and what is practiced in the clinical setting which calls for urgent attention. Norway is committed to contribute to reduce the knowledge gap.

An Indo-Norwegian scientific webinar on “Quality of Nursing education and practice - student learning, patient care and scientific advancement” was successfully organized at the Royal Norwegian Embassy to facilitate knowledge exchange and best practice.

This seminar was organized to host over 35 Norwegian nursing students who came to India for 3 months training to learn best practices and knowledge from Indian nursing system.

The session also facilitated knowledge exchange as well as provided an excellent platform to showcase Indian as well as Norwegian Nursing education system and best practices.

Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund welcomed the students to India and highlighted Norway’s commitment to global health and also collaboration with Indian partners.

While referring to the “Norway- India 2030” Strategy, Ambassador Frydenlund encouraged both Norwegian and Indian universities and research institutes to strengthen and increase student and staff exchanges. He said, “We need more student and staff exchanges between Norway and India in the future and we look forward to the successful implementation of the results and outcomes from the ongoing Indo-Norwegian project”.

Dr. Maan Singh Sidhu, Counsellor for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, added further that “international exchange increases the students’ chances of employability, and it also helps them gain skills for their future jobs”.

Dr. Latha Venatesan, professor cum principal, College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi expressed interest in exploring student exchange programs between Norway and India.

Mr. Lasse Andreassen, Assisting Director, Akershus University Hospital highlighted the health care challenges in Norway. He said, “To some extent we can handle the challenge simply by education more health care professionals “.

Potential Indo-Norwegian collaboration in the field of nursing (scientific and innovative approaches), including student and staff exchanges were also highlighted. Speakers and participants have shown great interest to initiate Indo-Norwegian collaboration in Nursing student exchange, education, and practice.