With the new $40-million Applied Health Institute (AHI) as their learning lab, a group of about 30 students from India have arrived at Niagara College.
The students, all registered nurses in their native country, were drawn to the college by its Community Mental Health (multi-discipline) graduate certificate program offered through Continuing Education. They are one of three contingents of post-graduate students from India bound for NC.
“It is not only expected to help diversify our college community, it could also help respond to the region’s nursing shortage if the students choose to remain in Niagara after graduation,” said Sean Coote, NC’s Director, International.
Since arriving on the Welland campus June 11, the students were given an overview of how to adapt to life in Canada, an outline of their course, and a campus tour. As part of the first group of students to use the AHI facilities, they were impressed with the new state-of-the-art building features and high-tech equipment – particularly with the mannequins found in nursing labs that communicate through radio-control, displaying vital signs such as heartbeats and blood pressure.
“The building is very nice,” said Daniel John Ninan from Mumbai who had been working as an RN after completing a four-year degree program at the country’s Sruthi School of Nursing. “It’s full of sophisticated technology.”
Ninan said NC’s excellent statistics for student satisfaction, as well as Canada’s reputation as a welcoming and safe destination, helped secure it as his school of choice.
Following orientation, students got a taste of what Niagara has to offer, with a trip to Niagara Falls and a ride on the Maid of the Mist.
“We are very excited because in all of our dreams, we never thought that we would see Niagara Falls,” said Ninan.