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Nursing Students from Austria Visiting Campus

A group of 28 students and two faculty members are visiting from IMC University of Applied Science Krems on Aug. 25.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-25-2016

Mankato, Minn. – A group of 28 nursing students and two faculty members from IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Krems, Austria, are visiting Minnesota State University, Mankato on Thursday, Aug. 25 as part of a four-week visit to the United States.

The visit will open with a 9 a.m. welcome at Minnesota State Mankato, followed by a 10 a.m. campus tour. (NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are welcome to attend the events. The 9 a.m. welcome event will take place in Centennial Student Union, Room 201, followed by the campus tour and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Nickerson Room (room 238 in Centennial Student Union).

The Austrian students are visiting Mankato to gain insights into how health care systems influence the work of nurses and also to further their knowledge that healthcare can be delivered in different ways. During their visit, the Austrian students will visit various medical facilities, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota and Medtronic in Bloomington, Minn. They will also participate in some Minnesota State Mankato nursing classes, allowing both the visiting students and local students to gain exposure to students from different countries.

The visit came about as the result of a six-year partnership between Minnesota State Mankato and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, building on a relationship established between each institution’s business programs.

Four groups of Minnesota State Mankato students have visited and worked with the University of Applied Sciences students in Austria, but this is the first time the Austrian students have traveled to Mankato.

The Minnesota State Mankato School of Nursing and the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society have been instrumental in helping Krems develop in the area of family nursing. Krems now offers a course in family nursing, and faculty from both institutions have presented at professional conferences together and published a chapter in a book together.

For more information, contact Hans-Peter de Ruiter, associate professor in the School of Nursing at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6812 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing is part of the University’s College of Allied Health and Nursing.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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