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Title: Passport to a profession in the degree of pharmacy: how to integrate university students into the real world of work: "Passport to a profession in Pharmacy"
Author: Escolano Mirón, Carmen
García Montoya, Encarna
Pallàs i Llibería, Mercè, 1964-
Miñarro Carmona, Montserrat
Vázquez Cruz, Santiago
Marquès Sinca, Anna
Lluch Guasch, Anna
Keywords: Transició a la vida activa
Indústria farmacèutica
School-to-work transition
Pharmaceutical industry
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: The University Industry Innovation Network
Abstract: The incorporation of the Spanish university system into the European Higher Education Area has brought about a series of adaptations. Among the recommendations is the inclusion of an external training period in a company, which has resulted in significant changes in the degree syllabus in order to balance the theoretical and practical education required by the students. This new framework has been legally confirmed by the Spanish Government and, in the case of the University of Barcelona, by the publication of internal guidelines. Taking advantage of this new opportunity to adapt the Pharmacy degree to real-world problems in industry, the Dean’s team of the Faculty of Pharmacy, with the support of the Faculty administrative staff and the Students Advisory Service, have assumed the challenge of including a new subject in the syllabus entitled Training in Companies. In parallel, a new activity has been set up to ensure that the students choose the most suitable company department/job for them and to help them pass the company interview. Under the name of Passport to a Profession, a series of ten explanatory talks has been scheduled every academic year. These talks deal with a broad range of topics aimed at providing the students with the basic tools they will need to make the most of a company training period and to make headway in the professional world when they finish their degree. In addition, three Faculty of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical company workshops and two round-table conferences have been held in the last two years in order to bring the university and industry together. Notably, the project to provide students with company training is expanding on an international level, with two to three undergraduate students contracted every year by a United Kingdom-based multinational pharmaceutical company. The statistical data of the whole process has been analysed for a more in-depth understanding of the activity and to improve the programme.
It is part of: Capítol del llibre: "UIIN Good Practice Series 2014 – Fostering University-Industry Relationships, Entrepreneurial Universities and Collaborative Innovation. Arno Meerman & Thorsten Kliewe (eds.). ISBN 978-94-91901-07-2. p. 59- 73
Appears in Collections:Llibres / Capítols de llibre (Farmàcia, Tecnologia Farmacèutica i Fisicoquímica)

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