Students celebrate success in Bangladesh

19 December 2016

Students celebrate success in Bangladesh

Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN)

Nursing students from the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) in Bangladesh celebrated their achievements at the College’s fifth graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 21.

Forty-nine students were awarded Diplomas in Nursing and Midwifery in Dhaka.

Co-founded by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the Grameen Healthcare Trust, the College aims to raise healthcare standards in Bangladesh and to address the needs of the country’s most disadvantaged communities.

Since its establishment in 2010, GCCN will have increased its numbers from 39 to more than 400 by 2017.

Professor Frank Crossan, Executive Director of GCCN and Professor of International Development at GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences, said: “The growth of the College is testament to the excellent partnership working between GCU and Grameen. Our efforts to raise the status of the profession and to train nurses and midwives to an international standard has been recognised by the Government and commended.”

Speaking at the award ceremony, Professor Crossan said it was an honour and privilege to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the graduates while paying tribute to the teams and partnerships which have allowed the College to flourish. He said: "I am proud to be a part of today’s graduation ceremony. I am congratulating our graduates while at the same time asking them to serve the humanity as they have chosen the noblest of profession."

GCU gained international recognition for the success of the College when, in 2014, the University received the Unilever International Award in recognition of its work with GCCN. The award was part of the Responsible Business Awards run by the Prince of Wales’s charity, Business in the Community and, in 2015, GCU achieved re-accreditation of the award for successfully demonstrating “continual and positive impact” for its healthcare and education work in Dhaka.

Graduates were capped by Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus and GCU Chancellor. GCCN Principal Niru Shamsun Nahar and GCU’s Professor Frank Crossan joined students, staff, and their families. Representatives were in attendance from the Ministry of Health, Bangladesh’s Nursing Council, the British High Commission, as well as invited guests from Grameen Healthcare Trust.

Professor Yunus said:“It is a proud moment for the GCCN graduates and also their parents. GCCN has come a long way since its establishment and I am confident it will continue to contribute to the country’s healthcare industry by creating worldclass nurses, who are both efficient and caring. It is good to see graduates gaining employed at the top hospitals in the country.” 

The Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery is approved by the Bangladesh Nursing Council.