EGYPTIAN pharmacy students have been given a lesson in good medicine by the University of Sunderland.
The delegation of 18 international students, from the University of Cairo, spent two weeks experiencing academic life at the city learning institution as part of an educational and cultural exchange visit.
Throughout their visit, the group, along with two members of staff from the University of Cairo’s Faculty of Pharmacy, put theory based work into practice at the Wearside learning facility’s department of pharmacy, health and wellbeing.
And, as well as experiencing Sunderland’s £8.5 million sciences complex, they also sampled some regional culture.
Students enjoyed a Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, where Sunderland defeated Stoke City 1-0, shopping, bowling and visiting some of the region’s towns and cities.
The exchange visit came about as a result of Sunderland’s world leading reputation in the area of pharmacy, which dates back almost 100 years.
Professor Tony Alabaster, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Sunderland, said: “We wanted to develop a strategic partnership with the University Of Cairo School Of Pharmacy.
“And this first visit is part of our Department of Pharmacy, Health and Wellbeing’s continuing external engagement activity, which looks to build relationships with internationally renowned universities, exchanging knowledge and develop the student experience.”
Dr Adrian Moore, Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, added: “From an academic perspective, the University of Cairo staff will hopefully get an insight into how we deliver case study based material. For the students, this is an additional dimension to add to their learning experience and to put their theory into practice.
“We hope this is the first stage of a long-term partnership in developing these relationships as well as a wider development of the partnership through research.”
Lecturer in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Cairo, Lamiaa Ahmed Ahmed Attia, said the students and staff were enjoying their visit.
“In Cairo we focus on the theoretical side of our courses we wanted to see more practical applications at Sunderland,” she said. The facilities are wonderful and the training is very well organised, it’s been an incredibly useful visit and we have been learning a lot of new techniques.
“Being able to attend a live football match was also a fantastic experience for us all.”