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College Partners with Historic College in Ireland

Published on 08 December 2015

A college founded more than four centuries ago is the newest partner with St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Trinity College Dublin recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the College which allows opportunities for exchange, learning, and scholarship. Two students have already participated in an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Dublin, and two more are planning to go in the spring.

“In establishing these partnerships across the globe, it is important to make sure that not only do our students have a positive, rewarding experience but that the relationship be productive from the point of the host university as well,” says Ken Schafermeyer, Ph.D., professor and director of international programs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

The initial discussions of a partnership began in 2013 when the International Pharmaceutical Federation held its annual conference in Dublin.

“We have many partnership invitations,” says Martin Henman, Ph.D., associate professor of the practice of pharmacy at Trinity College Dublin. “We like to pick our partners quite carefully and that’s what we did here.”

Martin Henman, Ph.D.The College recently hosted Henman for a week of discussions to look at initial areas of potential research. Topics were explored in pharmaceutics and pharmacoepidemiology.

“From our point of view, this is a relationship that will enable us to expand our range of collaborations to learn from people in St. Louis,” Henman says. “At the same time we learn by giving to St. Louis our own expertise and knowledge.”

Schafermeyer says there are several parallels between the colleges. Both are historic institutions located in vibrant areas fostering collaboration and innovation. Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592, is the oldest college in Ireland. It is in the heart of the city just a few minutes from Dublin Castle. Trinity College Dublin may best be known for housing the Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript and the work of Nobel Prize winners Samuel Beckett, Ernest Walton, and William Campbell.

“Students at the College can now take part in meaningful and sustainable patient-centered care, research, and teaching on five continents,” Schafermeyer says. “I know any time spent at Trinity College will be incredibly beneficial to students becoming better health care providers. We are truly fortunate to have this partnership.”

Campus photo courtesy Trinity College Dublin

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