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SRCH and UoP sign strategic partnership agreement

    Siddhasthali Rural Community Hospital (SRCH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Plymouth (UoP), based in the UK, on November 17, 2022. 

    This strategic partnership will facilitate discussions on specific areas of mutual benefit and interest to both parties, with a view to establishing the basis on which the collaboration will develop over the coming years.

    Under the current agreement, SRCH and the UoP will look to:

    1. Explore and promote co-operation and collaboration in the fields of teaching, research and rural community public health education.
    2. Further the development of the relationship, through: staff and student exchanges and professional education through the delivery of certified courses.
    3. Broaden the experience of the staff and students of each party, providing them with opportunities for increased cultural understanding.
    4. Explore the possibilities of fundraising, looking at incorporating private enterprise schemes and business sponsorship in order to improve the quality of the health services offered by SRCH and the training rendered.

    “This partnership with UoP is a unique opportunity to expand the experience of our health workers in research, education and training to keep them in the forefront of their fields”, said SRCH Chairperson Dr Aban Gautam. “It is important to work to eliminate disparities that limit opportunities for those working in rural areas”, he added.

    Matt Griggs, UK project manager and Lecturer in Clinical Education (Global Health) at the University of Plymouth, added: “This partnership creates a number of exciting opportunities for us to share and expand knowledge, both in Nepal and the UK. We are looking forward to working with Aban and his team to better understand the barriers to providing quality healthcare in Nepal and to look at ways in which together we might have a positive impact on the health of the rural communities in the region. In doing so, we also hope to give our students a unique perspective into some of the many and varied global health challenges that will inform their practice in the UK as health care professionals.”

    The MoU document can be viewed at the following link: SRCH UoP MoU

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    The University of Plymouth is renowned for high-quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.

    With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a world-class research university and continues to drive the global debate in disciplines including marine and maritime, sustainability, health technologies and climate action. A three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2020 in respect of its pioneering research on microplastic pollution in the ocean, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.

    It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With over 18,000 students, a further 7,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 140,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.

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