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The Atlantic Philanthropies approved a grant of R13.8 million to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the purpose of strengthening the institutional capacity of the Lilitha College of Nursing in order to enhance their training and research development. This article describes what the project entailed and what lessons were learnt.

A situation analysis indicated problems in terms of the organizational structure, the learning environment and human resources/capacity. Four sub-projects were planned and implemented dealing with establishing relevant teaching and learning paradigms: information technology training; leadership and management development and lastly governance, organisational restructuring and management. Based on identified needs, Short Learning Programmes on a range of topics were offered to different target groups within these sub-projects. The College was also assisted to plan for the upgrading of their library system and clinical simulation laboratories. The project was managed by a Steering Committee and was branded to communicate the importance of the work.

The staff of both partners learnt valuable lessons with regard to the nursing education system in the country, project management and educational skills.


HEI; Nursing Colleges; School of Nursing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14804/2-1-37


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