SCOTTISH nursing academics are heading to Singapore to teach nurses how to care for its ageing population.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has struck a five-year partnership worth £3.65 million to GCU which will see up to 300 qualified nurses per year enrolled in a two-year part-time degree.

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The BSc Professional Studies in Nursing programme will be taught by a team of eight Glasgow-based academics on a ‘flying faculty’ model combining classroom and distance learning. Students will receive 20 hours of classroom teaching in Singapore during each 12-week module.

The degree launches in July and will be delivered at Singapore’s PSB Academy, one of Asia’s leading private education providers, but students will graduate with a qualification from GCU.

It comes as Singapore grapples with becoming one of the world’s ‘super-aged’ nations, with senior citizens expected to account for 20 per cent of its 5.9million population by 2030.

While its hospitals are rated among the best in the world, it is now investing heavily to adapt its healthcare system to cope with the growing number of people living with long-term conditions.

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GCU programme leader Tom McAlear said: “Singapore’s healthcare system is recognised to be one of the best in the world.

"However, as with many other countries, it has a long tradition of hospital-based care. The Singaporean Government is undertaking an ambitious modernisation of healthcare delivery that puts the patient firmly at the centre of care management and delivery.

"Our programme aims to support the preparation of Singaporean nurses for the future. This is an exciting opportunity which demonstrates both Glasgow Caledonian University and Scotland’s global reputation for delivering quality healthcare education which meets changing care needs across the world.”

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GCU’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies FRSE CBE said: “This new collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian University and PSB will allow us to enhance professional development across the nursing professions within Singapore whilst also helping the University to develop new research opportunities and educational approaches, which will be of benefit to both partners.”