For over 28 years, the UCLA School of Nursing (SON) has participated in an exchange program with Kitasato Nursing School, a private nursing school located slightly southwest of central Tokyo. On alternate years, either a team of faculty and doctoral students from the UCLA SON visit Japan to lecture and participate in faculty- and student-related activities or the UCLA SON receives a group of students and faculty from Kitasato University for summer learning seminars.
In March of 2018, Kitasato hosted the first two UCLA 2nd year MECN students for an international exchange program. The students exchanged clinical nursing skills and knowledge as well as information about the U.S. health care system. An expected outcome is that students will develop a global health perspective. This year, the SON will send an additional two UCLA 2nd year MECN students to participate in the exchange program. This program has become a highlight for the MECN students as evidenced by a significant increase in applications for the program this year.
In 2018, Kitasato University renewed a long-standing MOU with the UCLA School of Nursing for another five years. Under the terms of the new MOU, Kitasato will invite SON faculty to deliver specialty lectures at Kitasato and send graduate nurses every other year to audit nursing classes, visit community sites and participate in cultural exchanges with nursing faculty and students.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
From 2012-2017, the UCLA, School of Nursing hosted student exchange programs with undergraduate nursing students from CUHK. The exchange focused on sharing US-based health care nursing practices as they relate to health promotion, social justice, and specialty clinical content delivered in the UCLA classes. In addition, the students toured several hospitals and community sites. In 2017, the School of Nursing renewed the MOU with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Nethersole School of Nursing to continue the academic partnership. Discussions are ongoing regarding plans to host visiting faculty and scholars from CUHK during the academic year.
In 2019, the School of Nursing launched its first successful summer workshop for Aino University faculty and students. Aino University is a private institution of higher education, located in the quaint city of Takasuki, Osaka Japan. Aino University, founded in 2004, received accreditation from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and offers degrees of higher education in a variety of fields of study including science and nursing. Plans are underway to renew the program in 2020 and 2021.
In 2018, Dr. Mentes met with the Dean of Sungshin University, Dr. Aee Lee Kim to discuss future collaborations and establishing an MOU with the School of Nursing. A MOU was signed this year and discussions are ongoing about future short-term academic programs with the School of Nursing.
Sungshin University is a private institution of higher education, located in the metropolitan area of Seoul Korea. Sungshin University, founded in 1936, is an all women college which has been promoting student exchange programs since 1968. Sungshin University received accreditation from the Ministry of Education, Korea and offers courses and programs in a variety of fields of study including science and nursing.