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Academic Institutional Membership (AIM)

FIP recognises the prominent role of schools of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in providing the foundation for our profession and developed the FIP academic institutional membership (AIM) in 2009.
FIP AIM is the only global network interconnecting schools of pharmacy and academic pharmacy leaders around the world for communication, collaboration and sharing ideas around areas of interest related to academic leadership. Members are schools of pharmacy and/or pharmaceutical sciences, represented through their deans or academic leadership team members. FIP AIM members are facilitated to collaborate on research, staff exchange, events and education.


“The vision of FIP AIM is to advance leadership in education of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Its mission is to support communication in special interest concentrations to create win-win collaborations (3 Cs). Members will benefit from the expertise of a dynamic group of pharmacy academic leaders that are working collaboratively to improve pharmacy education around the world. This is achieved through our annual Global Academic Leaders Forum (GALF), webinars, and AIM working groups. Also, at the FIP World Congress, FIP AIM organises a World Café session that benefits the academic leaders. All in all, it is a dynamic environment that you can use to your advantage as you work on improving your college.” — Pierre Moreau, FIP AIM Chair


Hear it from our members

“One of our university mottoes is that internationalisation is very important. . . .AIM can help support and further [our] vision of the internationalising the school. It’s also good to hear about what other deans are going through and how they’re tackling situations.” — Lilian M. Azzopardi, head of Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta, Malta

“The deans forum [GALF] allowed me to perform major improvements in our pharmacy programme including curriculum design and development, interpersonal education, leadership and experimental education and training.” — Mohamad Rahal, dean, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Lebanon.

In addition to participating the GALF, FIP AIM provides the opportunity to post vacancies on the FIP AIM Careers pageand offers some special discounts to join the FIP Seal programmes. To learn more about the other benefits of AIM, please click here.

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Global Academic Leaders Forum

The Global Academic Leaders Forum (GALF) is FIP AIM’s annual meeting platform to strengthen institutional and professional development. GALF unites academic pharmacy leaders from around the world to discuss current and relevant topics on leadership and pharmacy education in the international arena. Interactive workshops by leading experts are organised every year at GALF, based on the needs of academic leaders. FIP AIM members and their leadership team benefit from free GALF registration.

This year, FIP AIM will organise GALF virtually in a workshop format to increase communication and collaboration between FIP AIM members. The forum will take place on 31 October 2022 from 3–6pm CET to address three related questions with the help of keynote speakers, followed by academic pharmacy leaders co-creating take-home strategies in breakout rooms. The questions are: 

  1. Will disruptive changes in pharmacy practice have an impact on pharmacy education? 
  2. What is innovation, and how can we plan for it?
  3. What is an organisational culture, and can it evolve to include innovation?

FIP AIM members will receive an exclusive FIP AIM invitation to participate in the GALF 2022. For more details on the GALF 2022 programme and to register please contact

“Enhancing academic leadership horizons in trying times”

FIP’s first-ever online leadership development course, “Enhancing academic leadership horizons in trying times” supports academic pharmacy leaders with primary leadership skills while navigating a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The course, which consists of four modules, is being offered on FIP’s virtual learning platform- FIPx. The course will help pharmacy academics stand out in the global arena and shape the future of pharmacy education, and practice even in these challenging times. FIP AIM members benefit from a special fee to register for the full course. Click here to learn more, and here to apply for this unique leadership course. For more information please see this programme flyer.


AIM Advisory Committee

The AIM Advisory Committee drives FIP's global strategy and projects on academic and institutional development and provides leadership and technical advice. The committee covers all World Health Organization (WHO) regions in the world. The committee is composed of a 12-member elected advisory board representing the six WHO regions.

Rajani Shakya Head of Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu UniversityNepal

Commitee members     Affiliation Country
FIP Aim Chair Pierre Moreau   Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy Kuwait University Kuwait
Immediate past AIM Chair Wayne Hindmarsh   Chief executive officer, CCAPP Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto Canada
African Region Mwila Chiluba   Dean, University of Zambia Zambia
Yahya Choonara   Chair and department head, pharmacy and pharmacology University of Witwatersrand South Africa
Americas Region Silvana Nair Leite   Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina Brazil
Toyin Tofade  

President, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Eastern Mediterranean Region Mohamad Rahal   Dean, Lebanese International University Lebanon
Hanan Refaat   Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Future University Egypt
European Region Lilian Azzopardi   Head, Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta Malta
South-East Asian Region Beom-Jin Lee   Dean, College of Pharmacy, Ajou University South Korea
Western Pacific Region Paul Gallagher   Professor, National University of Singapore Department of Pharmacy Singapore
Carlo Marra   Dean, School of Pharmacy University of Otago New Zealand

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Last update 24 October 2022

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