PSTU-05 - Partnerships to transform pharmaceutical education to meet global health needs

Great Hall 1
Organised by FIPEd


Prof Ralph Altiere, FIPED Chair, USA and Dr Arijana Meštrović, ExCo member FIP Academic Pharmacy Section, Croatia


The FIP Development Goals (FIP DGs) bring workforce, education, practice and science under one transformative umbrella, underpinning the direction of FIP towards addressing global health challenges and achieving universal health coverage by 2030. Education plays a critical role in this transformative agenda, as it is not a one-time event but rather an ongoing process that integrates the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice to produce a flexible and adaptable pharmacy professional. Since education goals cannot be met in isolation, it is important for all relevant stakeholders to work together to develop a professional, social and competent pharmaceutical workforce. The goal of this session is to highlight educational partnerships as a public good and a means of achieving the FIP Developments Goals on a regional and global scale. The session will begin by outlining the FIP Development Goals and FIP educational partnership initiatives, such as the FIP-UNESCO-UNITWIN Programme. Regional associations of pharmacy schools will present on how educational partnerships are helping to improve and integrate pharmacy education, meet academic capacity needs, and build skills for the pharmacy workforce. All these will demonstrate how education, and addressing the human resource for health challenges through partnerships, can address global health challenges.



14:30 – 14:45 Session introduction by the chairs
14:45 – 15:05 Educational partnerships for competency development and region-wide integration of pharmaceutical education
Prof. Lilian M. Azzopardi, University of Malta, Malta
15:05 – 15:25 Science education and pharmacy curriculum 
Prof. Ken-ichi Inui, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan
15:25 – 15:45 Educational partnerships for Equity and innovation in pharmacy education
Prof. Vibhuti Arya, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Advisor, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Global Lead Equity Workforce Development FIP, United States
15:45 – 16:00 Panel discussion

Learning objectives

  • To present FIP’s global initiatives through educational partnerships
  • To demonstrate the value of educational partnerships in the transformation of the pharmaceutical workforce, regionally and globally
  • To reflect on how educational partnerships can be adapted locally to achieve the FIP development goals in participant countries
  • To discuss change management strategies to achieve advancement in educational partnership

Take home messages

Two or more organizations and individuals can maximise the value and effect of their work by forming partnerships. With the goal of influencing pharmaceutical practice and science through the transformation of education, we will show innovative and sustainable connections across regions and the globe. Through these educational collaborations, the session will enable participants to adapt these best practices to change pharmacy in their country.