Amman – Middle East University officially inaugurates the joint British BA programme (MPharm) between the Faculty of Pharmacy and its counterpart at the University of Strathclyde for pharmaceutical sciences and biomedicine, after obtaining the final approval from Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions, noting that the programme was previously approved by the Council of Higher Education.
University’s President, Prof. Mohammad Mahmoud Al Hileh, stated that this programme will be taught jointly by the two faculties in the format of (3+2); students will spend their first three academic years at Middle East University, then complete their last two years of the programme in Britain to obtain a joint certificate.
In his turn, Dean of Pharmacy, Dr. Ammar Al Maaytah, clarified that MPharm is a qualitative programme, designed to keep pace with the changes of the profession of pharmacy and its practical applications in labor markets through the adjustment of the contents and structures of the programme’s curriculums, based on the infusion of continuous learning with basic sciences and pharmaceutical practices, and eventually providing a holistic study plan that focuses on continuous learning instead of adopting the traditional study hours system for BA in Pharmacy.
Dr. Al Maaytah added that this programme was designed according to the requirements of the 21st century, and the study plan was reviewed in cooperation with the partners of the two universities in the field of pharmacy and medicine, to arrive at a mechanism that minimizes the number of theoretical lectures, replacing them with different scientific workshops that simulates the nature of pharmaceutical work, and imparts students with the skills of critical thinking and teamwork.
MPharm is distinct with its ability to develop the teaching process, making students continuous learners instead of negative receivers of knowledge. The study plan and teaching methods’ review processes have resulted in the substantial altering of the evaluation system, in order to link learning with the acquired knowledge and outputs required for the profession of pharmacy.
The Middle East University was founded in 2005 as a Graduate Studies University with twelve specializations. Towards the beginning of the academic year 2008-2009 the university opened twenty specializations for both Graduate and Undergraduate students with the ongoing growth in staff and students.