Thursday 14 July 2016
The University of Northampton welcomed six nursing students from the Université de Poitiers, France, to campus this week as part of the Northampton town twinning arrangement.
Northampton has been twinned with Poitiers, a small town in mid-western France, since 1979. The arrangement was set up to foster friendship and understanding between the two different cultures and to encourage trade and tourism.
The French students spent a morning at Park Campus, chatting to academics and students from the School of Health, before visiting the town centre and Northampton General Hospital.
Northampton’s relationship with the School of Nursing at Université de Poitiers dates back to 1990. Roger Keenoo, Senior Lecturer / Admissions Tutor, explained: “Through the years French lecturers and nursing students have visited us, and similarly we have visited their school and healthcare services. It has been a rich learning experience in that there have been exchanges of ideas into how to improve care delivered in both countries. This cohort of students have set up an organisation to help people in Non-European countries. They are now inviting our nursing students to join their organisation and to join forces in a common pursuit. We hope we shall continue with this mutual working relationship.”
Elena Bekanova, a nursing student at the Université de Poitiers, commented: “It’s been a great trip so far and I’m looking forward to seeing how the University of Northampton works, what the course is like, how it differs to the universities in France and the opportunities that it offers.”