UCC School of Pharmacy hosts International Summer School in Advanced Pharmacy Topics
The School of Pharmacy at UCC is currently running a Summer School in Advanced Pharmacy Topics for international students from Future University in Egypt (FUE).
This is the fourth year that UCC School of Pharmacy has facilitated an international Summer School as part of the recently renewed co-operation agreement between FUE and UCC. The aim of this cooperation agreement, originally signed in 2014 and renewed in 2019, is to develop a collaborative relationship on both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, whereby UCC supports FUE in the delivery of enhanced pharmacy-related programmes to FUE students.
This is the fourth International Summer School the School of Pharmacy at UCC has hosted. For the first two years, FUE students learned in-depth about Clinical Pharmacy topics, whereas last year, there was a shift in focus to Industrial Pharmacy topics. This year, for the first time, UCC are delivering an intensive ‘Advanced Topics in Pharmacy’ course, which includes both Clinical Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy content. Material is taught by UCC School of Pharmacy staff through many active teaching methods, including workshops, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, and is supported and contextualised by experiential learning visits to the Biopharma Training Centre, Abbvie Cork, the Mercy University Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Boots Ireland.
UCC School of Pharmacy has welcomed eighteen undergraduate students from FUE, along with two FUE staff members Professor Ehab Rasmy and Dr Nada El Hoffy. In addition to promoting professional student development through the advanced and intensive academic activities of the Summer School, a range of non-curricular activities have been organised to promote the students’ cultural experience. The students were hosted at the City Hall on a courtesy visit by Councillor Garret Kelleher (deputising for Lord Mayor John Sheehan); they learned about the history of UCC and of Cork City during organised tours and visited popular local attractions including Blarney Castle and Gardens, the Titanic Experience and Spike Island. In addition, the students and staff from FUE thoroughly enjoyed an evening of Irish culture at Céilí Cois Locha along with UCC School of Pharmacy staff.
Pictured: Staff (Dr Nada El Hoffy, Professor Ehab Rasmy) and students from FUE, along with Abbvie staff and UCC staff members at Abbvie Cork.
Pictured with the students of FUE are:
Front row (left to right): Dr Kevin Murphy (UCC), Professor Ehab Rasmy (FUE), Councillor Garret Kelleher, Dr Nada El Hoffy (FUE), Professor Stephen Byrne (UCC).
Back row (left to right): Ms Noreen Moynihan (UCC), Dr Maria Donovan (UCC).