Alderson Broaddus University and Arellano University Reaffirm Partnership

School leaders sign new memorandum of agreement

PHILIPPI, W.Va. - Alderson Broaddus University president, Richard A. Creehan, and Francisco Paulino V. Cayco, chairman and chief executive officer of Arellano University, Manila Philippines, recently reaffirmed their international partnership by signing a new memorandum of agreement to continue a relationship. The collaboration, which began in 2005 between the respective institutions, grew out of the desire to share an American nursing curriculum with a foreign partner to prepare students with contemporary health care concepts which have global implications.

Known as the International Nursing Partnership, the two private institutions of higher education have worked together since 2005 to implement the Alderson Broaddus University Department of Nursing’s curriculum with students and colleagues at Arellano University. Three cohorts of students have transferred to AB and completed the program; a fourth group is expected to transfer in July 2012.

Students enrolled in the INP complete the first three years of the American nursing curriculum at the Arellano University Legarda campus. For their final year, the students who maintain their academic eligibility transfer to the AB campus in West Virginia to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Alderson Broaddus University. Arellano University has the oldest baccalaureate nursing program in the Philippines, while Alderson Broaddus University is the oldest baccalaureate nursing program in West Virginia.

A contingent of representatives from Arellano University joined with their American counterparts from Alderson Broaddus University to participate in the signing of the memorandum. While on the AB campus, the visitors attended the Senior Nursing Convocation on Friday, May 11 and participated as guests in the commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. Those accompanying Chairman/CEO Cayco included Mario F. Sales, MBM, vice president for International Programs and dean of the Graduate School of Business; Frederick G. Dedace, LI.B., vice president for human resources and director of legal affairs; Emerita C. Mendoza, M.D., R.N., officer in charge of the INP main campus; and, Joaquin Venus III, M.D., R.N. nursing faculty in the INP at Arellano University.