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Villanova and American University of Beirut strengthen nursing relationship

Villanova, PA, March 24, 2010 — Villanova University and its College of Nursing have signed a collaborative agreement with the School of Nursing, American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. The agreement was signed in March by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, president of Villanova University and Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of the College, along with AUB President Dr. Peter Dorman and Nursing Dean Dr. Huda Abu Saad Hijer.

The agreement formalizes the relationship between the two partner schools to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects in Nursing education that involve faculty and students. Both schools are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The College has collaborated with AUB’s Nursing school—the first in the Middle East— in the past developing education conferences for nurses. Dr. Fitzpatrick served on AUB’s Centennial International Advisory Board and gave the keynote address at their Centennial Conference in July 2005, which was co-sponsored by the College of Nursing.