Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing celebrates graduations

15 December 2015

Forty-seven students graduated from GCCN in Dhaka.

Forty-seven students graduated from GCCN in Dhaka.

Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing, co-founded by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in Bangladesh, has celebrated the academic success of 47 students at the College’s graduation ceremony.

The students were awarded Diplomas in Nursing Science and Midwifery, and were joined by GCU Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus, GCU Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, Professor James Miller, GCU’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, GCCN Principal Niru Shamsun Nahar, GCCN Executive Director Professor Frank Crossan, and founding principal Professor Barbara Parfitt, as well as representatives of the World Health Organization, the UN Population Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health.

Principal Professor Gillies CBE FRSE, told the audience that GCU is committed to continuing its support to GCCN and congratulated the College on its achievements.

Said Ms Nahar: “We are all incredibly proud of our students’ successes. They will be extraordinary nurses who will change society.”

Established in partnership between GCU and the Grameen Trust, the college is addressing the health needs of Bangladesh’s most disadvantaged communities, drawing on the University’s high-quality nursing and midwifery education in emerging nations.

It was awarded the Unilever International Award, part of the Responsible Business Awards run by the Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community, for its global development work last year. GCU achieved re-accreditation of the Unilever International Award this year for successfully demonstrating “continual and positive impact” for its healthcare and education work in Dhaka.

The Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery is approved by the Bangladesh Nursing Council and the graduates will sit licensing examinations in 2016.