On August 20, 2018, Holy Family University and Universidad de O'Higgins signed a memorandum of understanding involving a faculty, scholarly, and research exchange program with the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
President Sister Maureen McGarrity, PhD, CSFN; Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Diversity; and Dr. Cynthia Russell, Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions welcomed Dr. Soledad Burrone, Faculty in the School of Medicine and Ms. Carla Gutierrez Basso, Director of International Relations from Universidad de O'Higgins.
"Holy Family University is delighted to partner with Universidad de O'Higgins regarding a faculty and professional development exchange with our School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions,” said Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Our nursing students and staff will benefit greatly, both personally and professionally, from this cultural experience. We are excited for our students to grow as they become aware of and comprehend the global nature of health care and patient needs.”
According to their website, Universidad de O'Higgins, located outside of Santiago in Chile, is a state higher education institution, which assumes the vocation of excellence in the formation of people in view of their spiritual and material development, and the preferential contribution to the cultural, material, and social development of the Region of the General Liberator Bernardo O'Higgins, through the realization of functions of teaching, research, creation, and connection with the environment typical of university work.
“At the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, we are delighted to begin a new phase of international exchange with the faculty and students of Universidad de O’Higgins,” Russell said. “This partnership creates the opportunity to explore research questions unique to nursing education, nursing practice, and the healthcare environment and provides a means to expand the reach of our scholarly activities. Once fully actualized, I anticipate that this two-way exchange will foster cross-cultural knowledge and awareness adding to a shared global perspective for our students and faculty.”