Transformation of Pharmacy and Chemistry Degree Provision is enhancing collaboration between industry and education in Kenya to reinvigorate chemistry and pharmacy higher education courses, helping to better link learning outcomes with population needs.

The challenge

Kenya aims to create a globally competitive and adaptive chemistry and pharmacy workforce to meet the needs of its rapidly industrialising economy. To support expanding enrolment within science and technology courses, there is a need to reinvigorate the content of outdated chemistry and pharmacy courses to generate a competitive and adaptive workforce.

The solution

The partnership is working with Kenyan academics to engage employers and alumni from the healthcare, chemical and pharmaceutical industries to develop new needs-based pharmacy and chemistry curricula in Kenya that will address shortages of specific skills in the workforce. It is aiming to embed a new learning culture within Kenyan universities by increasing the capability of academic staff and developing new institutional policies and practices to deliver innovation and improved education. It will also provide new public and private sector placements to increase the skills and employability of graduates, and work towards better outcomes for women and people from underserved communities.

The partners

The Transformation of Pharmacy and Chemistry Degree Provision partnership is led by the University of Nottingham (UK), working with Nairobi University (Kenya), Kenyatta University (Kenya), Maasai Mara University (Kenya), Maseno University (Kenya), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (Kenya), International Pharmaceutical Federation (Netherlands), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Kenya) and GlaxoSmithKline plc (UK).