Pharmacy study program in MBS College, Heraklion, Crete

On October 5, 2015 the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Kralové, Charles University in Prague, commenced our master's programme of Pharmacy in English at our international branch campus in Heraklion, Greece. The entire project, which took about three years to prepare, was carried out in collaboration with the private company MBS College in Crete, which has also thus far provided similar expertise especially for external divisions of British universities.

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The Vice-Dean for International Relations at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Assoc. Prof. PharmDr. Petr Nachtigal, had this to say: "In Greece there is a great interest in studying pharmacy, yet only about 10% of applicants are accepted to the Greek faculties in the field. Currently, there is a great deal of interest in these studies in Crete, where there had been no Faculty of Pharmacy. Besides the ongoing goal of deepening our internationalization, our faculty accepted the offer to initiate the study program in consideration of the forthcoming demographic decline of the student population in our own country. At the same time the possibility of extending our pharmaceutical education to Crete represents a considerable financial support to the faculty."

The educational program at MBS College in Crete was approved by the Accreditation Commission of the Czech Republic in April 2015. Currently 21 students, mainly from Greece, have successfully passed the entrance tests and were accepted to the study programme of the first year of study. Teachers from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University will provide full tuition in the study programme, with MBS College providing the learning spaces including three newly built and equipped laboratories. In addition, MBS will provide all necessary facilities for the incoming teachers.

All master’s candidates admitted to study in Crete are officially students of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University and will study in accordance with applicable university and faculty regulations. The extent of the teaching at MBS College will be similar to that of our program in English at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Kralové, including credits, theses, practical placements (organized in collaboration with local entities) and final state examinations.

Assoc. Prof. PharmDr. Tomáš Šimůnek, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové, Charles University in Prague, expressed these sentiments: "I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in preparing this project. I hope that a long-term and successful cooperation has been established which will be mutually beneficial for both students in Greece and our faculty, and I wish all learners successful studies as well as all teachers an interesting and rewarding experience teaching in English at their workplace abroad." 

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