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Douglas partners with Chinese women's hospital

Douglas College and a hospital in China have become partners in an exchange program of nursing students and hospital nurses.

The partnership is with Shanghai Redleaf Women's Hospital. Douglas College president Scott McAlpine and the hospital's CEO John Yeh signed the agreement Sunday with Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander as a witness.

Under the agreement, up to eight Douglas nursing students per year will complete practicums at the hospital. Up to six Redleaf nurses will visit Douglas to learn about nursing in the western healthcare system.

"Practicum experience for nursing students in pediatrics and obstetrics in Canada is in high demand by all nursing schools," said college academic vice president Kathy Denton. "This relationship provides students with an incredible opportunity to gain unique experience in these two specialty areas at an English-speaking hospital, while providing an amazing cultural experience."

Redleaf is a 105-bed facility in eastern China. It already has a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.

Student research showcase

Meanwhile back at Douglas, the New Westminster campus will showcase student research on April 1.

More than 30 projects will be presented. Topics will range from caffeine's effect on memory, female objectification in video games and garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean.

It will be held on the campus concourse from 2 to 5 p.m. There is $1,000 in prizes for the top three projects. For more information visit douglascollege.ca.

Energy forum

A renewable energy forum will be held at Douglas College two days later. Solutions such as wind turbines, biogas fuel and district energy heating will be discussed. The free public event will have feature speakers from FortisBC, Endurance Wind Power and the City of New Westminster.

"One of the great challenges we face this century is climate change and the need to find renewable sources of energy to replace fossil fuels. With this forum, we're trying to initiate a conversation about how renewable energy fits into our future," said Thor Borgford, head of the college's Research and Innovation Office.

It will be held in room 2201 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Register at douglascollege.ca/connections. The event will be proceeded by several renewable energy information booths being set up in the concourse starting at 11 a.m.

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