KUALA LUMPUR: UCSI University’s (UCSI) pharmacy students received a glimpse into the future of healthcare from industry leaders when the University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted its inaugural World Pharmacist Day.
The event was held in conjunction with the widely celebrated annual event introduced by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Aptly themed ‘From Research to Healthcare: Your Pharmacist is at Your Service’, the event featured talks by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry such as Andrew Tan Eng Joo, the Deputy President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society, and Tan Ann Ling, Pharmaceutical Enforcement Department Director of the Pharmaceutical Services Division from the Ministry of Health Malaysia, who was present as the Guest of Honour.
The event also saw the launching of the Faculty’s latest postgraduate programmes, namely Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Master of Clinical Pharmacy Practice.
UCSI Vice-Chancellor and President Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff, who was also present at the event, highlighted the importance of anticipating the changes the 4th Industrial Revolution will make to the healthcare industry.
“The world is now moving into a new phase of existence. It is very destructive, innovative and creative. We should strive for exceptionalism and excellence to reach out for success, and not just for survival in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The question now is, are we ready in the pharmacy to embrace this challenges, what should we do to fit ourselves in this new reality?
“At UCSI University we are imploring all faculties to re-evaluate the programmes as well as design new programmes and to include new teaching, learning landscapes that suits the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ two programmes aim to inculcate working pharmacists and scientists with the advance knowledge in pharmaceutical care as well as research skills to address the challenge of the ever-changing healthcare environment.
According to Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid, the theme of the event also resonates with the University’s initiatives to cultivate postgraduate level pharmacists and scientists to enhance the pharmaceutical services locally and globally, and commended the Faculty for organising it.
“This is a step in the right direction, a move to elevate our research talent and stature, and our commitment to enhance our research accomplishment. It will further consolidate our thrust into creating a viable and living research culture, while at the same time facilitates our students and lecturer’s career development.”
The itinerary of the event includes performances such as singing, dancing and skit by the pharmacy students as well as the Pledge of Professionalism ceremony.
The event was well-attended by students, Faculty members, and industry leaders from pharmaceutical companies.