On April 3-7, 2011 Arellano University officials and International Nursing Program (INP) faculty accompanied five second year students and parents in a visit at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia. The trip was aimed, among other things, at helping the students in making the decision where to study in their senior year.
The group included Atty. Roland Niedo, INP OIC Dr. Emerita Mendoza, and faculty member Ruben Ramos, students Marc Leandro Andanar, (accompanied by his parents Mr. Rumar Tan Andanar and Mrs. Agnes Canizares Andanar), Christopher Gabriel, Elizabeth Ong, Jan Jarnel Geyenne Tiu, Ed Mauverick Rollon. The students and two parents toured ECU and met with the students from the university, including two AU INP students now studying there, namely Belinda Grace Dait and Ana Beatriz Hipolito.
Among the ECU officials and faculty who welcomed and oriented the group were Associate Professor Christopher Churchouse, International Nursing Coordinator; Professor Di Twigg, Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine; Associate Professor Jim Cross, Associate Dean of International Nursing Program; Mr. Simon Davies Burrows, Head of International Admissions Team; Ms. Mel Lauva , Ms. Gina Mata, Dr. Angus Stewart, Professor Tony Watson and International Coordinators of the institution.
They were shown the School of Nursing facilities and the university campus; they also observed the simulation tutorials with 3rd year students and attended a Pharmacology lecture. They were also given a short city tour.
ECU is Western Australia's second largest university with approximately 20,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, approximately 4000 of whom are international students originating from over 90 countries outside Australia.
The university offers more than 400 courses across two metropolitan campuses, in Mount Lawley and Joondalup, and a regional campus in the South West, Bunbury, with some courses also offered for study off-campus (Distance Education). Additionally, the university has partnerships with several education institutions to conduct courses and programs offshore. ECU offers the largest undergraduate nursing program in Western Australia.
Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia. The Perth metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1,696,000. It became known worldwide as the "City of Lights" and is tied for eighth place in 2010 list of the World's Most Livable Cities.
At the Edith Cowan University. Dr. Emerita Mendoza, INP OIC ; 2nd year INP students Chris Gabriel, Marc Andanar, Geyenne Tiu, and Ed Rollon pose with ECU nursing students ( in black and white uniform
AU INP students now in ECU. Left photo shows Belinda Grace Dait and Ana Beatriz Hipolito, the two INP students who chose to finish their senior year at ECU, with the AU visitors and school officials and faculty.
Filipino visitors and ECU officials. Lower photo shows standing from left, Mr. and Mrs. Andanar, Atty. Roland Niedo, Christopher Gabriel, Ed Rollon, Marc Andanar, Elizabeth Ong, Jan Jarnel Geyenne Tiu. Seated from left, Mr. Ruben Ramos, and Dr. Emerita Mendoza being entertained by Professor Di Twigg and Dr. Christopher Churchouse.