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The programme is the first of its type for pharmacy in Ireland. Students will spend the first two years of their studies at Soochow University. Here they will undertake a number of core foundation modules across pharmaceutical sciences, anatomy, physiology, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. There will also be two modules led and delivered by RCSI faculty at Soochow University.
Students will have the option to transfer to RCSI-Dublin to complete a further two years of study with a more specific focus on clinical pharmacy. At the end of their 4 years of study, students will be awarded dual degrees from RCSI and Soochow University.
Mr Mealy said “We are delighted today to see the further development of our relationship with the signing of this agreement and we look forward to continuing to work with Soochow University on further initiatives in the future.”
Prof Xiong commented “Soochow University is committed as a strategic priority to internationalization. Ireland has a very established reputation in higher education and so I am delighted to sign this agreement with such an established provider of health professions education in Ireland”.
Prof Kelly added “This Transnational education partnership between Soochow University and RCSI illustrates the changing political, social and cultural terrain of global higher education. This partnership, by combining the expertise of our two institutions, creates collaborative advantage and prepares a new generation of pharmacists for their expanded clinical role within the Chinese healthcare system”.
Founded in 1900, Soochow University is ranked in the top 5 per cent of Chinese universities.
RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2 per cent) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations.