Global Engagement

Exchange Visits between Staff from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and the School of Nursing, Meru University in Kenya

Dr. Gabrielle O'Kelly - Programme Director, Higher Diploma in Mental Health, and Dr. Purity Mwendwa Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems- recently travelled to Meru University in Kenya to explore the possibility of establishing a collaboration between UCD and Meru University. Two members of staff from the School of Nursing in Meru University, Dr Naomi Mutea, the Dean of the School and MaryJoy Kaimuri then paid a return visit early in April.  Meru University welcomed its first cohort of B.Sc. Nursing students in January of this year and the University is keen to collaborate with nursing programmes that are well established. This visit was made possible through the award of the ESTHER Ireland Small Grant Scheme, a European initiative that involves the twinning of European institutions with those in developing countries to strengthen health care services by building expertise and sharing experience. Because UCD keeps an external focus, seeking to lead and shape agendas through alliances and partnerships with its peers, nationally and internationally, it is envisioned that such a partnership will serve to fulfil this mission and enhance UCD’s reputation as Ireland’s Global University.

UCD Volunteers Overseas Programme

UCD Volunteers Overseas

‌UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems students who participate in the UCD Volunteers Overseas Programme in a hospital setting may also undertake the Global Engagement Clinical Practicum offered as an elective. Please contact Dr. Amanda Phelan or Lisa Molloy for further details. 

UCDVO’s Vision is for UCD students to graduate with an understanding of the challenges facing humanity worldwide and the determination and self belief to tackle the issues underlying poverty and inequality in the world.

UCDVO’s Mission is to provide UCD students, staff and alumni with opportunities to volunteer for the benefit of disadvantaged communities overseas, in response to needs explicitly identified by those communities.

Learn more by watching this video.