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RGU to provide unique education for Austrian pharmacists


Robert Gordon University is building on its overseas links and international reputation as it forms a strategic partnership with a leading Austrian pharmacy association.

Dr Anita WeidmannThe university has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Apotheker Fortbildungs Akademie (AFA), the postgraduate education arm of the Austrian Association of Employed Pharmacists (VAAÖ).

The agreement will see the two organisations work on a collaborative project, with AFA arranging for all of their registered pharmacists to study towards an MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice at RGU, while the university provides a supporting workshop structure in Austria.

These workshops will be uniquely tailored to the Austrian pharmacy sector and will be delivered by German speaking RGU staff, as well as qualified Austrian clinical pharmacists.

Dr Anita Weidmann, senior lecturer at RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, worked with European colleagues to develop the arrangement, which is the first of its kind within Austria.

She said: “I am delighted that RGU will collaborating with AFA and on this educational programme and improving the standards of clinical pharmacy in Austria.

“Clinical pharmacy is a fast-growing specialist sector in the country and I believe that it speaks volumes about RGU’s ever-growing reputation for world class pharmacy education that AFA chose to partner with us.

“International relations are very important for universities and my colleagues and I look forward to strengthening our relationships within Austria, which will benefit RGU academically while we support the development of Austrian pharmacists.”

Established in 2011 by the Austrian Association of Employed Pharmacists and the Austrian Association of Hospital Pharmacists, AFA is the national body that represents all pharmacists in employment in Austria and supports their continuous professional development.

The first cohort of Austrian pharmacists to study at RGU though this agreement will begin in January 2018.

 

Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer | Health and Sport
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