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Global Pharmacy Education Development Network


In 2010, FIP and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a unique global programme: the University Twinning and Networking (UNITWIN) - The Global Pharmacy Education Development (GPhEd) Network.

This FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN programme was the first ever in the field of higher education for health professionals and the first for global pharmaceutical education. It is currently led by our FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN director Prof. Ralph Altiere.

The programme seeks to advance research, training and curriculum development in pharmacy education by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation worldwide. It is a platform for FIP Education to implement its global pharmaceutical education and workforce strategies. Pharmacy schools in the GPhEd Network are positioned as centres for excellence and innovation that actively contribute to the development of their respective fields at national, regional and international levels.

The FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN programme acts as a platform for the work of FIP Education (FIPEd), where tools and resources are developed to help tackle challenges of academic capacity, quality assurance of educational systems and workforce competency in both high- and low-resource pharmacy education institutions. The programme enables synchronised and powerful development in undergraduate training and continuing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education, as well as improved communication for scientific innovation, healthcare outcomes, and, ultimately, the attainment of FIP’s Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals.

The Centre for Excellence in Africa is an active GPhEd Network. Its founding partners, who are the leaders of the Sub-Saharan African schools of pharmacy, participate to facilitate development of academic capacity, quality assurance of educational systems and workforce competency.

To find out more about the FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN GPhED Network, please contact

Last update 2 May 2019

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