The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Monash University, and University College London are joining forces to advance and transform research, education, and practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

An initial five-year memorandum of understanding provides the framework for creation of the PharmAlliance partnership between the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; and the UCL School of Pharmacy in the United Kingdom.

The PharmAlliance partners will work together to transform education and curriculum development, to pursue new and transformative research initiatives, and to enhance professional practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

The partners will form new research collaborations that will enable them to more effectively and rapidly address major international issues in the fields of drug discovery, nanomedicine development, and nanotechnology. The partners will have the opportunity to access research funds that each nation allocates for international research partnerships.

UNC, Monash, and UCL say they will work to inspire and train future leaders and practitioners of the profession on a global stage. The partnership will create new and transformative training, development and exchange opportunities and for students, faculty, and staff.

From the Leadership

“These are the leading pharmacy programs on three continents,” says Robert Blouin, PharmD, dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “This strategic partnership gives our three institutions access to resources, talents and opportunities that no one school in one country could possess alone.”

“This alliance will address the big issues in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences – those that cannot be addressed by one institution alone,” says Bill Charman, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. “We have similar philosophies and ambitions for our field, and we see collaboration as the best means to rapidly and effectively address them in a global context.”

“The geographic and quality aspects of this alliance present the opportunity for a truly global perspective on pressing health-care issues” says Duncan Craig, PhD, director of the UCL School of Pharmacy. “The possibilities afforded by the partnership are unprecedented, and we are very excited to begin exploring these activities.”

About the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university established in the U.S. and is regularly recognized for being one of the best values in higher education as well as ranking among the world’s leading research university. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is a recognized leader in pharmacy practice, education, and research committed to developing leaders who make a difference in human health and health-care delivery worldwide.

About Monash University and MIPS

Monash University is Australia’s largest University and is ranked in the top 100 world universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is Australia’s oldest pharmacy school and is ranked number one in the Asia-Pacific and top ten worldwide for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (2014 QS World University Rankings). The Faculty is also home to Australia’s largest pharmaceutical sciences research program in translational drug discovery, drug delivery and drug development. For additional information, visit www.monash.edu/pharm.

About University College London and the School of Pharmacy

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. It is one of the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. The UCL School of Pharmacy was founded in 1842 as the educational wing of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and has a long and illustrious history of research, teaching, and professional engagement. The School became part of UCL in 2012 and remains one of the most highly ranked pharmacy school internationally. For more information, visit www.ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy.

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