A “ground breaking ceremony” was held this week in China to cement a major collaboration between the nursing and midwifery faculty at King’s College London and Nanjing Health School.
The start of a major construction project to deliver an international-level hospital and nursing college in Jiangsu Province was marked at the ceremony on Wednesday.
“I see it as the outcome of a win-win cross-border cooperation”
The ceremony celebrated the launch of a five-year partnership agreed in December between the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and the Nanjing Health School China.
The project will see King’s providing consultancy, education and training to the Nanjing healthcare workforce and to establish a new “Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College”.
The pairing of the UK nursing faculty, working alongside a tripartite relationship of the Nanjing state government, a brand new hospital and a nursing college will create a model for future research and educational partnership, according to its founders.
The contract, worth some £5m, was part of a £2bn package of agreements between China and the UK announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK last year.
Attendees at this week’s ceremony included the British ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward, consul general John Edwards and the dean of the Florence Nightingale faculty Professor Ian Norman.
Ambassador Woodward said: “Florence Nightingale established the world’s first school of nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860. And it is appropriate that such a pioneering and iconic name now marks the first British project here in this exciting project.”
Luo Qun, standing committee member of Communist Party of China in Nanjing, said: “We are laying the foundation of the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College, which I see it as the outcome of a win-win cross-border cooperation.”
Professor Norman added: “We will work in partnership to develop a world-leading education and training facility for the Nanjing nursing workforce of the future.”