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UC College of Pharmacy Launches Graduate Programs With Two Universities in China

UC College of Pharmacy Launches Graduate Programs With Two Universities in China


CINCINNATI–Representatives from the University of Cincinnati (UC) James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy have forged international agreements with Xiamen University and Chongqing Medical University (CQMU) to bolster the academic pipeline between the U.S. and China and train the next generation of drug scientists. 


A Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in Cosmetic Science will be offered in partnership with CQMU and a MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialization in drug development (MSDD) will be offered in collaboration with Xiamen University.


Official signing ceremonies were held Sept. 7 and 8, respectively, in China.


"UC’s new academic collaborations will allow us to recruit China’s brightest students and provide one-of-a-kind international educational experiences to teach future scientists how to bring pharmaceutical and cosmetic products to market,” said Peter Landgren, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UC. "These partnerships not only provide unique learning opportunities for students, they also allow UC’s faculty to share their expertise with an increasingly international population of students, and to co-create innovative curricula.”


Both programs will allow students to take courses at CQMU and Xiamen universities during year one. Students then apply to complete their second year of courses at UC in Cincinnati.


To ensure effective transition of course content between the universities, CQMU and Xiamen faculty will audit UC courses via distance learning technology and visit the UC’s medical campus to work with, and be mentored by, UC faculty. Additionally, UC faculty will travel to CQMU and Xiamen universities to provide training and assist with first-year curriculum development.


"We are thrilled about these two new agreements with our partner universities in China. These joint master’s degree programs build upon the strengths of our college and to our knowledge, are the first of their kind in these areas – cosmetic science and drug development – in China,” said Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean and professor of the Winkle College of Pharmacy at UC. ”Our faculty have worked long and hard over a period of several years to reach agreement with our partners in China. Their passion is the reason we have forged these important collaborations.”


"Today, students with knowledge of modern drug development are in high demand in China,” said Xiaokun Zhang, dean of Xiamen University’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. "Xiamen University is one of the top 20 universities in China and an agreement like this represents an exciting opportunity for future collaboration between UC and Xiamen University in other areas, such as the exchange of scientists and students, joint research, co-organization of conferences and the exchange of academic materials.”


The MSDD program, launched at UC in 2004, will provide students and employed professionals an opportunity to learn about the scientific, regulatory and business aspects of drugs and devices. The program curriculum, which blends didactic courses, capstone projects and two one-year graduate certificate programs, uniquely spans all stages of drug development.


"What we lack now is the expertise to take product development from the bench to the bedside,” said Pankaj Desai, PhD, professor and director of the Winkle College of Pharmacy’s Drug Development Graduate Program. "This program will allow us to fill that need by developing talent who can share their expertise and knowledge across the globe.”


The cosmetic science program will focus on the science and technology of personal care and cosmetics for health, hygiene and beauty. Areas of focus include skin and hair care, oral care, deodorants, color cosmetics, personal hygiene, anti-aging and sun protection among others. Course curriculum includes formulation science, regulatory safety, clinical testing, sensory science and green chemistry.


Additionally, students will receive hands-on training in the Winkle College of Pharmacy’s new 600-square-foot state-of-the-art laboratory run by UC faculty hired directly from the cosmetic science industry. The new lab is part of a $34 million renovation of the pharmacy building completed this month.


Students of both the cosmetic science and drug development programs must complete 34 graduate credits, 20 of which must be taken and taught through the University of Cincinnati to earn a UC degree.


"Our programs are very unique to our college and in China. They have none like them. That’s why they became interested in partnering with us,” says Jeff Guo, PhD, a native of China and a professor of pharmacy practice and administrative sciences at the Winkle College of Pharmacy.


UC’s Winkle College of Pharmacy is the fourth-oldest pharmacy school in the U.S. having been founded in 1850 as the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. It was the first college in the nation to offer graduate programs and certificates with tracks specific to cosmetic science. Areas of research focus include health outcomes, cosmetic science and drug development.


The University of Cincinnati is a top 25 public research university and received $429 million in research funding last year. More than 200 of UC’s faculty and scientists and more than 1,000 students at UC are from China.


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