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First AIM Deans Forum, FIP Congress Lisbon

08 November 2010
First AIM Deans Forum, FIP Congress Lisbon

On 29 and 30 August 2010 the recently launched FIP Academic Institutional Membership (the FIP AIM) hosted the first AIM Deans Forum at the FIP World Pharmacy Congress in Lisbon, Portugal. The Deans Forum, which is set to become an annual event at  the FIP Congresses, welcomed over 30 Deans and Decision Makers from Faculties of Pharmacy from around the world. Deans representing schools of pharmacy from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East met to network and interact on a discussion platform of current and relevant issues facing all Faculties of Pharmacy, with the goal to improve the efficiency of their Faculties and the effectiveness of their staff and students.  

The Deans Forum began with a Session on Faculty Partnerships, an exceptionally interactive Session that welcomed expert speakers to discuss how partnering with public and private sectors, governments, the international community,  industry and other Faculties may lead to more efficient and effective use of Faculty resources. The Forum continued by delving into curriculum development and ensuring quality of both staff and admitted students while at the same time expanding research opportunities and Faculty Grants. Faculty Strategy was a key focus of the second day's topics, with speakers discussing how to build the robustness of both the faculty itself and the pharmacy education provided there. (For a full listing and description of the 2010 Deans Forum Programme please click here, or to download a PDF of the full programme please click here.)

All present were engaged in extensive discussion, often extending well past the Session finish, making the one and a half day event a great success. Programme planning for next year’s Deans Forum at the 2011 FIP Congress in Hyderabad, India scheduled for 3-4 September 2011, are already well in place, for which FIP plans to welcome an even more extensive and dynamic global group of Deans of Faculties of Pharmacy.  

Presentations made at the 2010 Deans Forum are currently available in PDF format (and soon in video format) for AIM Members via the Members Only section of the website here. For information on how your Faculty can become an AIM Member or if you need help accessing the Members Only site, please contact FIP at aim@fip.org.

All our welcome to join in the 2011 AIM Deans Forum during the FIP Congress in Hyderabad, India. Visit the AIM website often for updates and details as they become available.

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