Three of the world’s premier pharmacy schools form landmark alliance

Pharmacy Alliance

11 March 2015

Monash University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UCL (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 will provide the framework for the creation of the PharmAlliance partnership between the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, NC, USA; the UCL School of Pharmacy in the UK and Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

The PharmAlliance partners will work together to transform education and curriculum development, 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.

Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University said the alliance will address the big issues in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences -- those that cannot be addressed by one institution alone.  

“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,” Professor Charman said. 

Working 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 for students and staff.

Professor Robert Blouin, Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy said the strategic partnership will give the three institutions access to resources, talents and opportunities that no one school in one country could possess alone.

“These are the leading pharmacy programs on three continents,” Professor Blouin said.