Finnish universities have come together to help reform Kazakhstan’s nursing education.
 Finnish universities have come together to help reform Kazakhstan’s nursing education. Image:

Finnish education proves its value in Kazakhstan

A Finnish university consortium led by JAMK University of Applied Sciences has agreed with Kazakhstan’s health authority on a two-million-euro development project of the country’s nursing education.

The World Bank-funded development project starting in January is one of the most significant education exports from individual Finnish universities, and is part of a larger reform of Kazakhstan’s health service.

The consortium, consisting of JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) and Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK), has been collaborating with governmental and educational institutions in Kazakhstan since 2012, organising more than 50 healthcare-related training programmes.

“In order to implement the health service reform, Kazakhstan’s health authority chose strategic partners from the best universities in the world to support the reform in selected areas,” says JAMK expert Johanna Heikkilä, who’s been leading projects in Kazakhstan for six years. “I’m very proud that our consortium was chosen as well.”

The project will run for the next two-and-a-half years in both Kazakhstan and Finland. It will cover all levels of nursing education and strengthen the competence of university staff and management.

JAMK and LAMK are also partners in the EU-funded ProInCa consortium striving to solve defined problems in Kazakhstan’s nursing education and practices.

The news follows the announcement last year that JAMK launched a master’s degree in nursing in Kazakhstan.

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