Lead partner: University of Nottingham (UK)
Partners: 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).
Expected duration: four years
Transformation of Pharmacy and Chemistry Degree Provision will work with Kenyan academics to engage employers and alumni from the healthcare, chemical and pharmaceutical industries to reinvigorate chemistry and pharmacy higher education courses and better link learning outcomes with population needs.
The partnership aims to:
- create a globally competitive and adaptive chemistry and pharmacy workforce to meet the requirements of a rapidly industrialising Kenyan economy
- enhance collaboration between industry and education with an emphasis on chemistry and pharmacy courses
- link learning outcomes and wider impact at the individual, institutional, systemic and national levels
- develop diagnostic models and benchmarking tools for developing academic capacity in pharmacy and chemistry.
It will achieve this by:
- developing a new needs based pharmacy and chemistry curricula in Kenya that will address shortages of specific skills in the pharmacy and chemistry workforces
- providing public and private sector work placements that will increase skills and employability of graduates
- increasing the capability of academic staff, and working towards demonstrably better outcomes for women and people from underserved communities.
Transformation of Pharmacy and Chemistry Degree Provision will develop a new set of institutional policies and practices that will deliver innovation and transformed professional education within Kenyan universities. It will embed this learning in a new culture that will be able to flourish within institutions beyond the project life cycle.
University leaders will be introduced to a more efficient and effective approach to education delivery, whilst strong engagement with public and private stakeholders will help to attract future investment, ensuring interventions are sustainable from within the Kenya Higher Education system.