School of Nursing–Camden Commencement 2017

Dr. Marcel Pop, Semmelweis University Director of International Relations

Marcel Pop, PhD, MSc, BSc

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is pleased to announce Dr. Marcel Pop, director of International Relations at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, will deliver the school's commencement address on Thursday, May 18 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.

Dr. Pop is an expert on the intersections of global nursing education, biomedical education, health care systems, and internationalisation. Previously, Pop led Semmelweis University's Faculty of Health Sciences Office of International Relations and served as head of the Nursing Department, where he coordinated the first ever Erasmus+ exchange program for nursing students. Under his leadership, Semmelweis University has built and developed international diplomatic networks across the domains of education, research, and patient care.

“We are delighted to welcome our friend Dr. Marcel Pop as the school's commencement speaker,” said Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Dean Joanne Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The School of Nursing–Camden is proud to partner with Semmelweis University and by working together, our two institutions will expand opportunities for our students and faculty to advance nursing scholarship and research.”

Pop, who earned a degree in psychiatric nursing in 1997, began his academic career as an assistant professor, researcher, and educator in the field of nursing science. His scientific activities include numerous publications in English, Romanian, and Hungarian, as well as several presentations in English and Hungarian. As part of his doctoral program of research, Pop targeted the relation between nursing education and the internationalization process of higher education.

Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is expanding its global reach through an ongoing collaboration with Semmelweis University that will allow the two higher education institutions to partner on scholar exchange programs that investigate emergency care, infection control, and health care policies in the European Union and the United States.

“Our partnership provides Rutgers–Camden nursing students with an extraordinary opportunity to understand the global nature of health care today,” says Dr. Marie O’Toole, senior associate dean of academic and faculty affairs and professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “Global health is an essential component of nursing education and because we live in a global society, our students must learn to work together to anticipate changes in the healthcare system and come up with the best solutions for care.”

Rutgers University–Camden and Semmelweis University —Hungary’s oldest medical school and one of Europe’s leading centers of health sciences— signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding in September 2015 to build a framework for collaboration. An integral component is the Erasmus+ mobility programme, a faculty and student exchange begun during the Spring 2017 semester that allows Rutgers–Camden scholars to study healthcare policies and practices in another country while learning from and teaching their Semmelweis peers how to provide better care in hospitals.

The collaboration is funded by an Erasmus+ grant awarded to Semmelweis University from the European Commission on Higher Education for the exchange of faculty and students.

For further information, please email nursing@camden.rutgers.edu, or call (856) 225-6226.