Special feature: Going global

The faculty’s increasingly international face

You can chart the scale of the faculty’s ambitions by the various names it has held over the years.

In 1878, when John Kruse began offering courses from his home at 60 Hanover Street in Fitzroy, he called the nascent institution “The Fitzroy School of Chemistry and Pharmacy”.

Three years later, when it received the official imprimatur of the Pharmacy Board of Victoria, it was renamed The Melbourne College of Pharmacy, then after WWI it expanded its remit to the whole state, becoming the Victorian College of Pharmacy.

When it amalgamated with Monash University in 1992, it was empowered to lift its gaze. Suddenly it could become a global player.

Monash had long established itself as the nation’s most international university. It had embraced large numbers of Columbo Plan Scholars in the 1960s and ‘70s, then later international fee-paying students.

By the mid-90s it was already on the journey that would see it with campuses in Malaysia and South Africa, research institutes in China and India and a centre in Italy.

The College itself already had form, having shown an appetite for internationalisation with the establishment of the Intersearch program in the 1970s, a joint doctoral program with the University of Kansas.

Fast forward to 2019 and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has seen those seeds of internationalisation flower.

Nearly a third of our undergraduate students are international, from a diverse range of countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and, recently, Canada.

Our staff is from an equally diverse range of nations including Portugal, Malaysia, the United States, France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

And our major collaboration as a faculty, PharmAlliance, is with two overseas universities: the United Kingdom University College London and the University of North Carolina in the United States.

All of this is only appropriate when you consider the international nature of many of the challenges we’ve set ourselves, from anti- microbial resistance to neglected diseases to maternal mortality.

That’s why this issue we’ve decided to bring you a selection of short pieces that tell the stories of connections beyond Australia. There are graduates who’ve parlayed the education they received in Parkville into a career on the international stage. We also have insights from a group of undergraduate students visiting us from a PharmAlliance partner to get a taste of pharmacy downunder, interviews with a couple of the small but growing number of Canadian students attracted by our graduate entry pathway, and an update on the pharmacy program at Monash Malaysia.