The school of Nursing sees nursing from a broad international perspective and motivates
students to gain international experience. Internships abroad are possible and students can be
found in various countries in the world. A six month experience in Africa or China for example
is a great challenge and internships abroad are particularly stimulated.
Furthermore the School of Nursing has developed an active policy for importing and exporting
knowledge. Europe requires particular demands on the people we train. This is why experience
of cultural diversity and insight into international aspects of nursing practice are essential
components of our program curriculum.
The School of Nursing participates in the Florence Network, a network of over 35 universities of
professional nursing education in Europe. One of the goals of this network is to exchange
nursing students and tutors. The Florence Network was established in 1995 at the Hanze
University Groningen and helps us to make a substantial international contribution.
The main goals are to:
- make Nursing and Midwifery more visible in Europe,
- exchange of students and teachers,
- compare curricula and improve quality of our Nursing and Midwifery education,
- co-operate in research in Nursing and Midwifery,
- develop European projects and intensive programs,
- participate in realization of the Bologna agreements in Europe,
- get accreditation for Nursing and Midwifery education in Europe.
Every year the School of Nursing organizes an international Intensive Program (IP). Dutch
students and tutors from our school work together with colleagues and students from Finland,
Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Scotland, China and the United
States of America. During this two weeks program students work on health care assignments
and learn about each others culture. The participants exchange information about aspects of
During the last 12 years, the School of Nursing of Hanze University Groningen has successfully
organized Intensive Programs on themes related to ‘quality of care': development and
implementation into clinical practice and education. Emphasis has been on a multidisciplinary
approach: multidisciplinary communication, multidisciplinary classification models in healthcare,
multidisciplinary care plans.
The School of Nursing is actively involved in the development and expansion of knowledge.
For example in Tanzania, China and Indonesia, we cooperate with local colleagues in projects
concerning strengthening health care structures, developing curricula and supervision of
International minor Public Health
The Minor Public Health is an English-language minor for Dutch and international students of
Nursing and Health Studies. Students learn how to contribute to the health of the public
through signalling health threats, health needs, formulating health policy and making health