Penn State Fayette partners with Saveetha University in India
Saveetha University is located in southern India in Chennai, the fourth largest city in the country. This partnership in education will allow nursing students attending Saveetha University to attend Penn State Fayette for their third and fourth years of study and earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Penn State. Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel Osagie has been working with Saveetha University and high-level administrators at Penn State’s University Park campus for several years to bring this collaboration to fruition.
Osagie explains, “This is groundbreaking progress for the Fayette campus, its faculty and students. The partnership illustrates how our campus can step into the Global Village and make important connections. It does not suffice anymore to just educate students locally. Students need to learn how to work in other cultures and different places around the world. Not only does this venture bring nursing students from India to our campus in Fayette County, it opens opportunity down the road for our faculty and students to go to Saveetha University.”
Very pleased with the arrangement, Veeraiyan says approximately 160 nursing students are admitted to Saveetha each year, and the opportunity to study at Penn State Fayette will be available to 10 to 15 of the best nursing students annually beginning in 2012, after they complete their first two years of college education in India. “It is important for our students to have some international exposure,” he stresses.
The arrangement is for a 2+1+1 degree program, where nursing students enrolled at Saveetha University will take a pre-approved series of general education and nursing courses for two years. They will then apply for enrollment at Penn State. Those accepted will spend their third year at Penn State Fayette to complete their associate degree in nursing and take the exam for their registered nurse licensure. Their fourth year also will be at the Fayette campus to earn their bachelor of science in nursing.
Melissa Minor, senior instructor of nursing and Nursing Program coordinator, says her department is excited to be part of this forward-thinking collaborative endeavor. “The nursing students from Saveetha University will transition without deficiencies into the Penn State Nursing Program. This is because Saveetha University also embraces a hands-on learning environment with emphasis on evidence-based and holistic nursing practice.”
Saveetha University was founded by Veeraiyan as Saveetha Medical and Educational Trust in 1986. The institution added Saveetha Dental College in 1988, and its College of Nursing in 1992. The institution continued to grow and, in 2005, Saveetha became a university. Today Saveetha University has a medical college, dental college, college of nursing, college of physiotherapy, an engineering college, faculty of engineering and technology, a school of business management, and a law school. Some 4,000 students attend Saveetha, which has baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Saveetha’s student body includes international students from Malaysia, the Middle East, Australia, and other countries around the world.
From left: Saveetha University Vice Chancellor Dr. R. Rajagopal and Chancellor Dr. N.M. Veeraiyan, with Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel Osagie and Coordinator of Nursing Melissa Miner, sign a memorandum of agreement establishing faculty cooperation and an undergraduate degree program for nursing students attending Saveetha University in India.
From left: On a tour of the Penn State Fayette Nursing Department Allied Health Lab, nursing instructor Dr. Janet Knott describes some of the simulation technology to Saveetha University Vice Chancellor Dr. R. Rajagopal and Chancellor Dr. N.M. Veeraiyan, as Senior Instructor and Nursing Program Coordinator Melissa Miner looks on.