International training opens doors

To ensure that the qualifications of nurses from outside Germany can be swiftly recognised in Germany, partner universities incorporate key elements of German nursing training into their own curricula. Placements and train-the-trainer components are also integral elements of the concept of Global Skills Partnerships.

One programme, many options

Learning how nursing works in Germany: Selected students in each year group studying at the foreign universities involved in the programme can apply to take part and do just that. Special skills labs, with modern equipment funded by the German sponsors Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Federal Ministry of Health, allow students to apply in practice the theoretical knowledge they have acquired. They also attend regular intercultural training sessions as well as general and occupation-specific German language courses, taking them up to the internationally recognised B2 level.

Thanks to reciprocal placements for lecturers and supplementary train-the-trainer programmes, the universities in the countries of origin can reap lasting benefit from Global Skills Partnerships.

Skills labs and practical training

In the Global Skills Partnerships programme in the Philippines, German training content is an integral part of the third and fourth years of the degree course. Two different models are available:

The training partnership with Mexico currently takes the form of a supplementary one-year course. It is available to both fully trained nurses and those who have not yet obtained formal qualifications, and is the basis for working in Germany.

Students obtain the generalist knowledge they need and the special professional knowledge about the German health system. They also attend German language courses and receive practical training to help them put the additional theoretical knowledge they have acquired into practice. During the course, participants receive a cost-of-living allowance that is paid by their future German employer. In the long term, Mexico will adopt the Philippines’ training concept, integrate the relevant content in the curricula of the third and fourth years of the degree course, as well as introduce a supplementary semester.


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