University of Iowa

In the news: UI announces partnership with Middle Eastern university

March 25th, 2019

The College of Pharmacy can be seen on March 5, 2019. The College of Pharmacy has come out with a new combined Health Informatics and Pharm D degree program.

By Alexandra Skores, The Daily Iowan

Led by the College of Pharmacy, the University of Iowa will partner with Gulf Medical University, located in the United Arab Emirates.

Nearly two years ago, Susan Vos, assistant dean for professional education in the pharmacy school, had worked closely with Gulf Medical on a project. Since then, the relationship has grown strongly with the UAE University.

“We had been talking and thought this could be a great partnership,” Vos said. “They offer the doctor of pharmacy degree at their university, so we were talking about how we could get our students exposed to each other through an exchange agreement.”

From her previous work on international exchanges, she said, she was excited to make this particular partnership because the UI didn’t have relationships with schools in the Middle East.

“They have a different educational system than we do,” Vos said. “For pharmacists training, they have a varied educational experience with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or a doctor of pharmacy degree. The region is also working on having a collective vision for pharmacy education so that people are offering similar programs.”

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