Northumbria University in Newcastle has been chosen to train more nurses for the Mediterranean island of Malta to help alleviate the country’s national nursing shortage.
It will see the university deliver a new full-time three year BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree programme, in collaboration with the country’s leading vocational education and training institution.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to be partners in this important Maltese nursing development”
Delivering the programme will involve academics from Northumbria educating and training nursing students in Malta throughout the year, working alongside the Maltese institution’s lecturers.
The new €2m (£1.7m) programme will begin in October 2017 with 30 students trained per year during its first years, with numbers increasing significantly over time.
The first year of the programme will be taught at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology’s main campus, until works to build a state-of-the art clinical skills teaching facility are completed.
The new facility is being built and run by Singapore company Vitals Global Healthcare, forming part of €200m (£178m) investment programme in three hospitals by the Maltese government.
The new contract with Northumbria also has the support of the Maltese government, Malta Enterprise and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses.
“We are confident we will be able to help address the nursing shortage”
Silvio De Bono
Dr Alison Machin, associate professor in nursing, midwifery and health at Northumbria University, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to be partners in this important Maltese nursing development.
“Our selection is testament to our global reputation for academic excellence in nursing and builds on our existing high quality international portfolio of teaching and research,” she said.
“As well as helping to train and educate Malta’s future nurses to the highest possible standards, we are helping the government improve the quality of healthcare by providing more nurses into the system,” said Dr Machin.
Professor Dianne Ford, the university’s pro vice-chancellor for health and life sciences, added: “I have every confidence that together we will deliver the highest standard of education and learning in nursing for the benefit of Malta and enhance our global portfolio even further.”
Dr Silvio De Bono, president of the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology University, said: “Helping to address the shortage of nurses is a key priority for the Maltese government.
“Through this partnership with Northumbria we are confident we will be able to help address the nursing shortage and deliver a world class degree programme,” he said.