29 May 2019
Geriatric Care & Ageing Trade Mission in China with Minister de Jonge
Based on their collaboration with the TFHC, Son Burgers-Geerinckx, director of the Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport, and Meralda Slager, Nursing programme manager, took part in the Geriatric Care & Ageing Trade Mission that took place in China from 6 to 10 May led by Minister Hugo de Jonge.
The collaboration with the TFHC came about as a result of the MOU that was signed by the former Dutch Secretary of State Van Rijn and his Chinese colleague in 2015. THUAS’ Nursing degree programme is one of the six partners in the Partners in Business (PIB). The central theme for these partners is geriatric care in China.
The main goal was sharing knowledge between both countries, in particular on the issue of how care needs to be organised in order to (continue to) provide good care for the rapidly growing numbers of vulnerable elderly in both the Netherlands as well as in China.
During the week, there were visits to nursing homes, neighbourhood centres and hospitals, and various talks were held with medical professionals, policy makers and care businesses.
Our knowledge and the construction of our knowledge infrastructure gained a lot of recognition. On the other hand, we can also learn many things from the Chinese. The way they organise daytime activities, their use of ‘communities’ to combat loneliness and their technological solutions to keep care affordable are all very interesting for the care sector in the Netherlands.
The trip has strengthened our ties with our Chinese partners. We are continuing with student exchanges. Next month about 25 nursing students are going to China. Furthermore, we will continue working with our (Chinese) partners to improve care for the elderly by sharing knowledge through our research group and the degree programme, among other things.
From left to right: Son Burgers-Geerinckx, Minister Hugo de Jonge and Meralda Slager