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Press Release

Acupuncture Foundation Ireland announces a new BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Moxibustion) for Ireland.

Dublin, 7 February, 2012

Irish students will be able to complete a Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Moxibustion) for the first time in Ireland. Based in Dublin, the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland has furthered its 24-year academic and professional association with the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine - in an exclusive agreement to offer the four-year undergraduate programme provided jointly by both academic institutions. The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded by the internationally renowned Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine is one of China`s top five universities of Chinese Medicine. It is a renowned WHO training centre and leads the Chinese Medicine sector in China in terms of acupuncture and Chinese herbal research and academia.

Acupuncture Foundation (Irish Institute of Chinese Medicine) has been training acupuncturists professionally in Ireland for the past 24 years. Graduates practice professionally all over Ireland and in many countries throughout the world.

Currently professional training as an Acupuncturist in Ireland and elsewhere is a three-year academic programme. The new Bachelor of Science programme will permit students to commence practice after three years, when the professional competencies have been met. Students will continue with the final year of study, including clinical experience at the Nanjing University in China, to complete the Degree programme.

The award by the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China meets the criteria for recognition of external awards and is subject to official approval of the QQI (Quality and Qualifications Agency) in Ireland and the Chinese Ministry of Education in China, in accordance with China`s Regulation of Overseas Education Program of Higher Institutions.

Applications for enrolment on the BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine will be accepted from March 1, to commence in Autumn.

 

Quote from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine Director of Foreign Affairs, Director Zhao:

director-zhao-nanjing-university-of-chinese-medicine"We have been working with the Acupuncture Foundation (Irish Institute of Chinese Medicine) and have received their students for our clinical programmes over many years.

We are delighted to further our existing cooperation to offer this joint undergraduate programme in Chinese Medicine, and offer this Bachelor of Science degree.

Our university is happy to register students jointly with the Acupuncture Foundation and we are pleased to be the awarding body for the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Moxibustion). We hope that this will be the first steps of a long standing cooperation which will continue and progress towards further academic and research cooperation between both institutions.

We believe the future of Chinese medicine in Ireland, both professional and academic, is bright."

 

Quote from Principal and Managing Director Bernadette Ward, MSc, Lic.Ac.Dip.Ch Herbs:

bernadette-ward-at-nanjing-university-acupuncture-foundation-ireland"Acupuncture has been practiced professionally in Ireland for more than 20 years. It has become an established part of the broader healthcare sector. Each week hundreds of acupuncturists offer treatments to their patients all over Ireland. The Acupuncture Foundation has been training practitioners for 24 years, in association with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and our graduates are working all over Ireland and in many countries across the world.

We are delighted to further our long-time association with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine to extend our professional training programme into a Bachelor of Science in Chinese Medicine. Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine has shown confidence in our training programme and foresight in accepting the Acupuncture Foundation as partners to this award. This will now make it possible for Irish students to enrol for a Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, jointly with this prestigious WHO Training centre, in their own country.

Ireland and China have signed a memorandum of agreement in terms of recognising their academic awards, and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine joins other Chinese universities in partnership to award Bachelor of Science Degrees."

 

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