Barbara Parfitt's GCCN Blog

Last days at GCCN; graduation, Christmas party’s and goodbye

  The last month of 2013 was a very busy time at GCCN.  The highlight was the graduation of the second cohort of students and my official goodbye to GCCN.  It was a great day for me and for the students but a sad one as well. We held a Christmas party for the students […]

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Admission exam

  We have had almost three hundred applications this year for our 50 places on the diploma programme . Of these 191 meet our initial criteria and were invited to come to the college to take an admission test.  We had scheduled the admission day last week but due to the strike and blockade of […]

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Leadership cafe and a job fair

Learning Cafe Bangladesh Table Our third years students are now coming to the end of their studies and have taken their final exams.  In the last module on leadership and management they took part in a unique learning event led by Mr Des Cornes from GCU but  introduced last year by Frank Crossan.  The leadership […]

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‘This house believes that in spite of human rights legislation women in Bangladesh are still discriminated against.‘   this was the motion that our students addressed in their latest debating programme.  The arguments were fierce and well supported by evidence. The AGAINST  team cited the  huge change in women’s lives in Bangladesh over the last […]

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Visit to Nilfamari

Women and children waiting at the health care clinic We recently organised a trip to the North of the country to review the community health facilities.  In the new building that we are planning for GCCN we propose to have a community clinic targeting women and young girls. This will provide a learning environment for […]

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Student nurses in the children’s hospital

I made my routine visit to the clinical areas where our students are working and was invited to attend the children’s play event organised by the students for the children in the paediatric hospital.  Part of the curriculum for the students during their paediatric placement is to learn about play for children in hospital. The […]

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GCU students come to Dhaka

We have 10 students from GCU visiting us at present.  They are all from the School of Health and Life Sciences and are studying a variety of different health related subjects.  We have arranged for them to have experience in a number of different clinical areas and community settings.  One optometry  student travelled up to […]

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Back in Dhaka and its raining

Its really good to be back in Dhaka and to catch up with all my colleagues and students.  We are at the end of the rainy season and the weather is really good at present at 30 degrees but with intermittent downpours and cool breezes which keep everything very pleasant.  It also reduces the number […]

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Chittagong visit

I received a request from the AK Khan Foundation to present a session at their Bridging programme workshop in Chittagong. I thought it might be difficult to fit in just before I left for the UK but I wanted to contribute if I could. I was so glad I did. They are doing a really […]

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Nurses Day at GCCN on May 12th 2013

  GCCN celebrated Nurses day with a parade around the campus followed by student and staff presentations that related to the theme for the day.  Professor Yunus came out to meet the students during the parade and they were delighted to have their photographs taken with him. The theme of the day was the Millennium […]

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