Baliuag University hosted representatives from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Universitats Klinikumbonn (UKB), and Bertelsmann Stiftung, on April 8 to 11, in line with the university's global partnership to provide students top quality training.
The German delegation was led by Bjorn Gruber, Head of International Sorvices, GIZ-Germany, with Margarete Post and Malte Bosse, also from GIZ-Germany, Maria Hesterberg and Dirk Roggendorf both from Universitats Klinikumbonn (UKB), and Najim Azahaf from Bertelsmann's Stiftung. Joining the team were Raymond Pascubillo, Jolita Atienza and Mara De Guzman from GIZ-Philippines.
Gruber expressed his appreciation to the BU administration for their support for the Global Skills Partnership project, a product of a series of discussions between the Philippines and Germany on how to better integrate best practices sharing as well as offer insights on elements of the German nursing practice and technology in the Philippine nursing curriculum to augment the training received by Filipino nurses after arriving in Germany.
The delegation visited the Bulacan Medical Center, which, since 1974, has had an established affiliation with BU for nursing students to complete their Related Learning Experiences. They also paid a visit to Emmaus House of Apostolate, a shelter for homeless, elderly and sickly people under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic's Diocese of Malolos, where BSN students provide care for older patients and improve their skills in Geriatric Nursing.
The GIZ-UKB visitors recognized the efforts and dedication of the nurses in both institutions for providing the needed health care to their patients despite the pandemic. According to Post, it was a clear indication of BU's desire to produce caring and globally competitive nurses.
The main highlight of the visit was the Ceremonial Soft Opening and Turnover of Nursing Laboratory 3. The laboratory features the high-fidelity mannequin, "Anne," a modular platform with a variety of accessories and interchangeable parts that facilitates patient simulations and provide unique training opportunities.
Various dignitaries and personalities graced the event, including then Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello Ill, German Embassy Secretary for Cultural Affairs Kai Tomzig, Labor Attache of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Germany Delmer Cruz, Philippine Regulation Commission's Carmelita C. Divinagracia, Atty. Rosemarie Duquez-Director from POEA, and CHED's Office of Programs and Standards Development Chief Dr. Buenaventura Macatangay.
Post talked about the significance of the building up of the Nursing Skills Lab as one of the central building blocks of the GSP project with the assistance of the experts from the UKB. Implemented on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Ministry of Health, the funding institutions, the GSP project's main objective is closely linked with the integration of training content that is relevant and necessary for early professional recognition process of the Filipino nurses in Germany.
Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda reiterated that the collaboration contributed to the globalization strategy of Baliuag University and expressed her appreciation to the German partners for choosing the university as one of the two Philippine nursing schools to participate in the program.