KIU welcomed its 2nd batch of students for the BSc (Hons) in Nursing, on 23 October 2015. The event was attended by many dignitaries and follows a similarly successful 1st batch inauguration of the BSc (Hons) in nursing degree held in April 30th 2015.
KIU’s own developed nursing curriculum which is tailored to fit the needs of the international and local nursing sector, has obtained the approval from the UGC and the accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education. KIU’s nursing degree has gained recognition rapidly in nursing sector due to the superior academic panel and the advancements of the syllabuses on offer. Many of the students from the first batch has noted that the academic knowledge they have gained to supplement their clinical practices has resulted in a marked improvement.
Commenting on the Nursing programmes, Mrs. Hemamala Vithanaarachchi MSc N (Brit. Columbia), BSc N (OUSL), RN, Head of Department of Nursing at KIU and is one of the top most senior academics in Sri Lankan nursing sector said “Nursing is moving forward and everywhere in the world graduate nurses deal in the nursing sector. In Sri Lanka from about 33,000 Nurses only about 1000 are graduate nurses. There is a significant scarcity of graduate nurses in Sri Lanka. All over the world there are a lot of opportunities for graduate nurses than for a diploma nurse. Therefore we believe that the current need is upgrading the knowledge of current diploma to degree level. Here at KIU, we offer this programme to support our nurses to uplift their professions.
KIU plans to establish its Nursing programmes as a beacon of excellence in the Nursing Education Sector of Sri Lanka and to assist in realizing the potential of government registered nurses to the highest level as well as raise the standard of Nursing in Sri Lanka.