IIHS is certainly beyond doubt one of the very few educational institutes in Sri Lanka that thrusts its young learners to shine in not only academia but to also gain confidence and exercise their own aptitude to be all round achievers.Puneesha Pasqual is one of IIHS’s many exceptional students who not only excelled in academia but also possessed an illustrious personal life. Having entered IIHS as a teenager at the budding age of 16, she demonstrated that age should not stand as an obstacle when an individual is determined to achieve personal goals.
The Advanced Diploma in General Nursing offered by IIHS together with Puneesha’s ambitious and vibrant personality allowed the young girl to accomplish far more than a certificate in Nursing. Puneesha exhibited great interest in the research field where she was able to on numerous events yield fascinating research articles and present it at national and international forums. She succeeded in attaining the Best Poster Award at the 163rd OMICS International Conference on Nursing and Emergency Medicine held in Nevada, USA whilst winning the Best Award for the Paper Presentation at the 1st International Nursing Research Forum in Sri Lanka. Whilst excelling in the research forefront Puneesha represented Sri Lanka in the 2012 Yonex BWF World Junior Badminton Championships held in Chiba, Japan. Her striking personality alongside her inherent eagerness towards academia and sport allowed her to acquire the Most Outstanding Student in the Diploma in General Nursing (2014) and IIHS Overall Most Outstanding Student (2014). Puneesha graduated from IIHS in 2014 and gained the Advanced Diploma in General Nursing certificate but her endless achievements did not go unnoticed in the international academic sphere. In 2015, Puneesha was awarded the Deakin Vice Chancellors Partnership scholarship. She was the 1st ever student to receive the said scholarship from the world class university based in Australia. Puneesha graduated from Deakin University a year after graduating from IIHS and is now a qualified Registered Nurse in Australia.
IIHS continues to soar in the Sri Lankan and South Asian education sectors as it stands out as one of the very few private institutes to offer unique international pathways to courses in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Bio Medical Sciences and Health Administration.
The Advanced Diploma in General Nursing offered by IIHS provides a pathway to a Bachelor of Nursing degree where the student is provided the option of completing the course at Deakin University Australia. Whilst Deakin University is one of the leading universities in the southern hemisphere it also attracts students from diverse nationalities. Deakin University offers a 3 + 1 pathway via IIHS, where student complete a 3 year Advanced Diploma at IIHS and completes 1 year at Deakin University where the student will obtain a Bachelor of Nursing Degree.Addtionally, Deakin University offers a very generous 20% scholarship of IIHS students and an incentive 50% scholarship for the student who is nominated as ‘Best Student of IIHS’.
Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe,Deputy Chairman of IIHS states, “We are extremely privileged to have a high ranking university like Deakin as our partner university. This pathway program has opened doors to all Sri Lankan students to excel in the international health industry. Students who complete the degree in nursing could also move on to do medicine as well if they desire to do so. We at IIHS promote student-centric education where we take a holistic approach to the student’s journey through higher education. We encourage students to engage in additional activities such as research at no extra fee. Producing confident and empowered young professionals like Puneesha is important to us and through these opportunities IIHS provides, we ensure that our students gain momentum to excel in their journeys”.
Whilst this pathway together with the many courses offered at IIHS is far more financially appealing for the student, it also allows the recipient to form a strong foundation to his or her journey in higher education. Although education remains to be the focal objective, the team at IIHS encourages its students to venture into the further fields of interests including sports, research, arts and aesthetics to ensure students recognize their own talents and make optimal use of their youth.
Ms. Nadeeka Jayasinghe, an Australian qualified Critical Care Registered Nurse and the Deputy Head of Nursing at IIHS states, “Choosing a career path in nursing not only allows students to give back to society through compassion, knowledge and skill, but it also has proven to be an investment as nurses are one of the most sought after health care professionals globally. In Australia, a Registered Nurse earns up to a minimum of Rs. 600,000 a month. Therefore IIHS aligns its Advanced Diploma in General Nursing course to meet Australian standards thereby ensuring the nursing students get the maximum financial benefit from their qualification”.