The Vice Chancellor poses with the senior USIU-Africa and Aga Khan University officials following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and USIU-Africa on Friday, July 20. From left: Ms. Helen Ambasa (Director, Legal Services / Company Secretary), Dr. Carl Amrhein ( Provost & Vice President, Academic), Prof. Robert Armstrong (Foundation Dean, Medical College, East Africa) Dr. Kweku Bentil (V ice Provost- East Africa), Prof. Paul Zeleza (Vice Chancellor), Mr. Shawn Bolouki (CEO, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi), Prof. Njeri Wamae (Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences) and Dr. Munyendo Lincoln (Chair, Department of Analytical and Industrial Pharmacy). PHOTO: DIANA MESO
By Dan Muchai
On Friday, July 20, USIU-Africa signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan University for the promotion and expansion of collaborative research and grant-writing.
The agreement provides for Bachelor of Pharmacy industrial attachments at Aga Khan University Hospital, while on its part USIU-Africa will provide locum positions for nurses and phamarcy technicians at USIU-Africa.
The agreement also extends a March 2018 initiative between the two institutions, whereby Aga Khan University Hospital agreed to enable students undertaking the Bachelor of Pharmacy participate in an on-site training program at the hospital.
This arrangement would enhance the students’ theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, expose them to the diverse roles that pharmacists play in an actual hospital setting, and familiarise them with international benchmarks in relation to clinical skills, quality, and ethical practices.