LEXINGTON, Ky (August 30, 2018) - This summer, the International Student & Scholar Services hosted a group of 12 Nursing students from the British University of Cairo who were participating in the LOTUS Intensive Communication for Nursing Program.
This program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with a group of Egyptian private universities and local organizations.
According to IIE.org, the LOTUS Scholarship Program aims to identify young students who have shown academic excellence, leadership, and involvement within their communities, give these students a chance to attend private universities, develop the recipient’s potential as a leader and skills sets in order to help them become future leaders, increase the recipients’ employability and career options, and build a network of students that are well-educated and passionate about Egypt.
Christine Stephens-Bez, Sponsored Student & Scholar Coordinator, explained why this program was a great opportunity for the College of Nursing to internationalize its program.
“UK participated in this program because it contributes to our overarching vision of globalization and diversification,” Stephens-Bez said. “There is no question of the value that international students bring to our campus. Furthermore, we hope that this experience gave as much to them as it gave to us.”
During their time here, students attended classes and toured UK Health Care, College of Nursing, Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center in Wilmore and the Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. Touring these locations left students impressed with the resources that are available in the U.S.
The group of students expressed having mixed emotions when seeing the different types of technology available in hospitals. As participants of this program, they were amazed to see all the advancements hospitals have. But as students from British University of Cairo, they were shocked to see the lack of advancement in a lot of facilities in Egypt.
Instead of feeling hopeless when seeing how behind Egypt is compared to locations in Lexington, they felt motivated. Students said they hoped that everything they learned during this program can help them make a difference once they are working in their home country, Egypt.