November 11, 2023 22:14
What does the pharmacist of the 21st century need?
Advanced educational development at the UP Faculty of Pharmacy

Improvement of the course average by one grade, enthusiastic and motivated students, better absolvable courses - these are the results of the university’s four-semester educational development work at the UP Faculty of Pharmacy, a leading initiative in Hungary launched to equip the future 21st-century pharmacists with the most up-to-date and useful tools.

The unconventional educational development work dates back to September 2021: this is when the professional discussions between the management of the University of Pécs Faculty of Pharmacy and the University of Pécs Faculty of Humanities Institute of Educational Sciences Higher Education Pedagogy Working Group started, which led to the beginning of the fundamental transformation of several key pharmacy courses in the light of 21st-century pharmacist competencies. The aim of the development - of which there are several examples in the international scene - was to provide the Faculty of Pharmacy in Pécs with a toolbox that effectively supports the shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning, thus helping improve the processability and receptibility of the curriculum and the motivation of students.

“The project was launched on a completely voluntary basis with six working groups, involving nearly 30 teachers from the Faculty of Pharmacy and five departments/institutes (Department of Pharmacognosy - Pharmacognosy/Pharmacobotany, Department of Organic and Pharmacological Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy)”

– Dr. Ferenc Arató introduced the project; he is a senior lecturer, Deputy Director for General, Scientific and Educational Affairs of the UP Faculty of Humanities Institute of Educational Sciences, and head of the working group. The process was divided into four distinct phases, each lasting one semester, for a total of four semesters.

Read the whole article about the developments at the UP Faculty of Pharmacy below!


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