HCI, ASU, and Ramsay forge partnership

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Health Careers International Australia (HCI) has joined forces with Arizona State University (ASU) and Ramsay Health Care (Ramsay) to launch a groundbreaking initiative aimed at bridging the gap between education and employment in the health sciences field. This unique partnership seeks to create global opportunities for nursing and health sciences students, marking ASU-Cintana Alliance’s debut in the Australian higher education sector.

HCI will integrate with the ASU-Cintana Alliance, a global network of forward-thinking universities committed to delivering academic programs that address both economic and social needs. This partnership represents Ramsay Health Care’s first strategic collaboration with a tertiary education provider, aligning with their vision for the future of healthcare education and addressing critical workforce shortages on a global scale.

HCI Australia operates two primary institutions: the Institute of Health and Management (IHM), offering postgraduate courses for nurses and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA), the largest vocational healthcare course provider in Australia. These institutions, with campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, provide tuition fee assistance programs for their students.

Arizona State University has been recognised as the most innovative school in the United States for nine consecutive years, outpacing MIT and Stanford. It is the USA’s largest public research institution, ranking among the top 1% of universities worldwide. Ramsay Health Care, a leading global healthcare provider operating in eight countries, boasts over 70 hospitals, clinics, and surgical centres in Australia alone.

The collaboration between Ramsay and HCI is designed to align with anticipated Australian government reforms in tertiary education, ensuring that HCI’s programs remain at the forefront of industry standards. This partnership will also bolster Ramsay’s Nursing and Midwifery Academy, focusing on comprehensive career pathways for nurses and midwives from undergraduate levels to leadership and research roles.

In Australia, nurses and midwives are the largest professional groups within the healthcare workforce. The healthcare and social assistance sectors are expected to grow by an additional 533,000 roles between 2023 and 2033. This partnership aims to increase the number of qualified nurses and support sub-speciality qualifications, enhancing the full scope of practice for nurses and meeting the evolving needs of the healthcare system.

This collaboration marks a milestone in our mission to enhance the education experience for our students, to provide clear pathways to employment after graduation, and to empower Australian and international students to thrive in the evolving global healthcare landscape: Dr. Bijo Kunnumpurath, founder and CEO of HCI

Dr. Bijo Kunnumpurath, founder and CEO of HCI, remarked, “This collaboration marks a milestone in our mission to enhance the education experience for our students, provide clear pathways to employment after graduation, and empower Australian and international students to thrive in the evolving global healthcare landscape.”

“Our students come from diverse backgrounds, including Australian and overseas-trained healthcare professionals, as well as those re-entering the healthcare field. This partnership leverages ASU’s world-class content and learning resources to increase students’ employability, while our collaboration with Ramsay Health Care ensures undergraduates receive well-supported clinical placements,” Dr. Kunnumpurath added.

Nancy Gonzales, Executive Vice President, and University Provost at Arizona State University, stated, “It is our university’s charter mission to make world-class higher education accessible to qualified learners, regardless of their background and geography. As institutions powered by ASU, IHM and IHNA will draw on the expertise of ASU and other ASU-Cintana Alliance members, preparing students to compete in the global economy.”

A/Professor Bernadette Eather, Chief Nurse and Clinical Services Director at Ramsay Health Care, said, “We’re excited to partner with HCI, known for student satisfaction and graduate employment. Ramsay is committed to providing a comprehensive career pathway for nurses and midwives, ensuring accessible education for regional Australians and training the workforce of the future to meet healthcare sector needs. This partnership will support the development of a highly skilled workforce essential for delivering high-quality, safe, and effective clinical care for our patients.”

Douglas Becker, Founder and President of Cintana Education, commented, “As an ASU-Cintana Alliance member, HCI will join a global network of ambitious universities working together to meet the demand for highly skilled, job-ready professionals, particularly in the rapidly expanding global healthcare sector. We chose to partner with HCI and Ramsay Health Care in Australia because of the enormous growth opportunities and critical need in the healthcare sector. We are excited to provide students with the knowledge and global mindset they need to succeed.”

IHM and IHNA students, powered by ASU, will now access ASU’s resources, including high-quality content, curriculum, master classes, and world-class research programs. They will also engage with peers globally through exclusive summer experiences in the U.S., international exchange programs, student global competitions, and program pathways to ASU in the U.S.

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