As an institution dedicated to lifelong learning and the pursuit of perfection, the University of Baguio is committed to developing relationships with organizations that can assist students in paving the way to a brighter future. Partnerships are essential for the university to address students’ needs on a larger scale, ensuring that they have the resources they need to develop the skills required in their field of profession.
In line with this goal, the university has partnered with Insight Global Health in the United States to provide students in the School of Nursing (SN) with the opportunity to prepare for international deployment. Through curriculum sharing and faculty skill development programs, the university and Insight Global Health hope to provide students with enhanced training opportunities that will better prepare them to be globally competitive nurses.
“This collaboration stands as a model for cooperation. Improving the healthcare system, not only of the Philippines but the world, by ensuring our nurses are globally competitive by having training that is (…) more than globally competitive. I think they’re of the highest standard.
It embodies the principles we cherish; fairness, respect, and the pursuit of excellence, ensuring that our Filipino nurses are not merely contributors to global healthcare, but also ambassadors of our nation.”
– Undersecretary Atty. Patricia Yvonne Caunan, Department of Migrant Workers
Both institutions officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 31, 2024, at the UB Centennial Hall. Representing Insight Global Health, USA were CEO Mr. Bert Bean, President Ms. Jessica Calzaretta, Vice President Mr. Josh Seider, and Executive Director Ms. Cheryl Alexander. Also present were 21st Century Manpower President Mr. Russell Garcia and Healthcare Recruitment Consultant Ms. Edd Delamide.
Also present during the MOU signing was esteemed Undersecretary Atty. Patricia Yvonne Caunan from the Department of Migrant Workers. Her presence greatly underscored the importance of providing opportunities for local nurses to be able to work in foreign countries, highlighting the excellent capabilities of Filipino nurses and the importance of helping others around the world beyond the call of duty.
“As we were evaluating this need to get into healthcare staffing, to really meet the needs of our own country coming out of the pandemic, and then also this need to get into providing nurses to hospitals in the United States, we found that we needed a strong international partner to do that, and we found that in the Philippines.”
– Bert Bean, Insight Global Health USA CEO
The MOU also seeks to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), helping the university pursue Goal No. 04: Quality Education and No. 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Geared towards improving the delivery of healthcare services training, the collaboration seeks to introduce new teaching methods, broadening the scope of the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. By sharing the facilities and allowing IGH to utilize space for laboratory training, the partnership aims to enhance the technical skills of the students to ensure that they can meet the demands of the international healthcare industry.
“From curriculum sharing to the faculty development and access to the advanced laboratories, our collaboration encompasses vital initiatives aimed at enhancing nursing education and professional readiness for deployment, both locally and internationally.”
– Dean Helen Alalag, School of Nursing
Building a brighter future for aspiring young professionals is not an easy task. Through this collaborative effort, the university advances toward a bright and sustainable future in which its students have access to the best education and opportunities that life has to offer. The University of Baguio is proud to partner with Insight Global Health, USA, in its mission to train the next generation of promising nurses for the Philippines and around the world.