The British University in Egypt (BUE) was established in 2005 under a Presidential Decree and inaugurated in 2006 so that it could provide graduates of UK standards to enter key sectors of the Egyptian economy. The BUE is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose members include senior academics, professionals and business leaders from Egypt and the United Kingdom (UK).
BUE is a private Egyptian university, with a mix of Egyptian, UK and International academic and administrative staff, which operates within the framework of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and provides degrees in a similar style and to an equivalent standard to UK programmes. The British style of education at BUE focuses on enabling students to learn how to think, not what to think and encourages students to develop problem-solving skills through a personalised and independent approach to learning.
The Mission, educational philosophy and aims of the BUE are closely aligned with those of Queen Margaret University (QMU), in particular, the emphasis on the delivery of high-quality education, widening participation and student-focused learning. The Regulations and policies of the BUE conform to UK practice and its quality assurance and enhancement processes ensure that QAA norms and standards are safeguarded. Within the Egyptian context, the Nursing programme also meets the requirements of different statutory and regulatory bodies including, the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU), the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE), the Ministry of Health and Population (MHP), and the Nursing Syndicate (NS).
The BSc Honours in Nursing is a modern Nursing programme that supports students develop and achieve their full potential. It enables them to become highly qualified nurses who are independent and self-directed professionals committed to the development of the nursing profession in Egypt. The overall aim of the Nursing programme is to enable undergraduate nurses to develop the intellectual, professional and personal skills required to promote health, prevent illness and provide care nationally and internationally. Graduates contribute to the development of the profession through leadership, evidence-based practice, and the transfer of knowledge into practice.
The undergraduate programme is a modular programme at Scottish Credit and Qualification’s Framework (SCQF) Levels 7–10. It is designed to provide a programme of study for students in nursing to develop their academic and professional knowledge and skills through a flexible structure designed to meet individual as well as the practical needs of the wider community. The programme provides an academic award while eligibility for a professional award requires that students undertake the nursing requirements for registration according to country-specific regulations.
Factors informing programme development
The aim of this programme is the development of quality professional nursing personnel who can deliver universal standards and support the development of the health sector in Egypt. Within the Egyptian context, nursing is viewed as the backbone for the development of the health service and it plays a vital role in the promotion of health and the quality of life. Professional graduate nurses are required who are competent and knowledgeable practitioners able to provide nursing care in any health setting at three levels of prevention – primary, secondary and tertiary.
The strategy of the Egyptian government is for the nursing profession to provide standardised care based on an assessment of the national needs whilst taking into consideration national, regional, and international changes. In addition, it expects graduate nurses to solve professional problems and to develop the nursing sector through scientific and holistic approaches. The national strategy also expects that graduate nurses will actively participate in the development of health promotion strategies. To support this strategy it is important that graduate nurses should have key skills and attributes. The development of graduates’ attributes will be achieved throughout the study period of this programme by implementing the programmes’ intended learning outcomes related to knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills, practical and clinical skills as well as general and transferable skills.
However, given that the nursing sector and health system is rapidly evolving, the programme also seeks to ensure that graduates have the awareness and skills to ensure their ongoing personal and professional growth and are able to make effective use of practice-based research to improve care and to respond to changing developments in health care. It seeks to develop graduates who will have the required skills, knowledge and attributes to assume responsibility for the improvement of the health of the people, the development of nursing as a profession, and the sustainable development of their country.
The programme team believes that nursing is a profession which must acknowledge the importance of the physical, social, cultural, spiritual, cognitive and political context in which health and illness is experienced. Nursing is believed to value the individual’s right to self-determination and the need to achieve, maintain or retain a maximum level of independence. It is a caring, therapeutic and creative process, which is central to the promotion of well-being and independence for all age groups in different settings and circumstances. Further, it believes that the essence of nursing is the recognition of the uniqueness of the individual; the reasoned application of a distinct body of knowledge and skill; and the employment of informed judgement in accountable practice.
For nursing to develop professionally and clinically, nurses must have the ability to lead, anticipate and respond to change. The programme acknowledges the centrality of the need for effective integration of theory with practice, reflection and the testing of enquiry through processes of dissemination. Through this process, the programme team seeks to prepare graduates equipped for excellence in practice and the potential for future leadership.