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Cardiff Met forms links with Cambodia's National Institute of Public Health


​Senior Lecturers in Nutrition Dr Ruth Fairchild and Shirley Hinde with the students of NIPH in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

​Two lecturers from Cardiff Metropolitan University’s, School of Health Sciences have been sharing their expertise with Nutrition students at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Cambodia.

Shirley Hinde and Dr Ruth Fairchild, both Senior Lecturers in Nutrition, travelled to Cambodia to teach the NIPH students, who are studying towards a Masters in Nutrition.

Part of the teaching provision is currently unavailable in Cambodia, but a Transnational Education Grant (TNE), funded the lecturers’ visit to Phnom Penh to deliver some of the outstanding modules and encourage students to become lecturers themselves.

Both Shirley and Ruth plan on returning to Cambodia in May to deliver the final module to enable students to graduate.

These NIPH students receive bursaries from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) and due to their mother tongue being predominantly Khmer, the aim is to secure longer-term financial support for Cambodian lecturers to teach in Khmer rather than in English.

Shirley Hinde said:

‘‘It was a challenging trip but we utilised a range of teaching methods to deliver messages and break up the sessions. The students were a real joy to teach, and we have received some great feedback. We are both looking forward to returning in May’’.