Applications open for 15 scholarships for nurses

Higher Education Minister Dr. Ibrahim Hassan. (Sun Photo/Naail Hussain)

Higher Education Ministry has opened applications for 15 scholarships for Maldivian nurses to train up to Master’s Degree level and specialize.

Higher Education Minister Dr. Ibrahim Hassan said the purpose of the scholarships is to improve the quality of healthcare services across Maldives.

“We need to properly train people to improve the quality of healthcare services in Maldives,” he said.

Nurses selected for the scholarships can enroll in a university in any of the SAARC countries, or Malaysia or Philippines.

 They will need to find placement themselves.

Higher Education Ministry advised nurses selected for the scholarships to ensure the university they select is approved by the Maldives Nursing Council and Maldives Qualification Authority (MQA).

The course must be a full-time course taught in English medium. The course must also require physical attendance and must have a supervised practical component.

Nurses have six months to find placement.

The scholarship is fully funded by the Maldivian government. In addition to tuition, nurses will receive a two-way ticket to the country where the university is located, a monthly stipend, book allowance, establishment allowance, departure allowance, insurance expenses and visa expenses.

The nurses will be bonded to work at eight hospitals after they complete their education. The hospitals are:

  • Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital
  • Hulhumale’ Hospital
  • Addu Equatorial Hospital
  • Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital
  • Dr. Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital
  • L. Gan Regional Hospital
  • R. Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital
  • M. Mulee Regional Hospital

Nurses can specialize in 27 areas with the scholarship:

  • Maternal child health
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Palliative oncology
  • Neonatal
  • Theater
  • Quality assurance
  • Orthopedic
  • Mental health
  • Urology and nephrology
  • Infection control
  • Cardiology
  • Midwifery
  • Reproductive health
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Anesthesia
  • Maternal and child health
  • Emergency care
  • Critical care
  • Cardiac care
  • Theater
  • Midwifery and obstetrical
  • Dialysis
  • Oncology
  • Infection control
  • Dialysis
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing management and administration

Applications close at 01:00 pm on December 29.