The situation of curriculums of faculty of pharmacies in Turkey
Uzun, Mehmet Barlas
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The aim of this study is to compare pharmacy faculties in Turkey in terms of their curriculums, within itself and with some of the European countries, compare the distribution of pharmacist employment and student/staff/pharmacists distributions with EU (European Union). With this information, this study intends to provide information to students, academicians, foreign students and foreign academicians, accreditation boards and interested parties about pharmacy education in Turkey. Internationalization of higher education increased rapidly during the last decades. Both developed and developing country universities especially give importance to internationalization. With its young population, Turkey has a great potential for student and academic mobility to attract foreign students and improve its higher education. After pharmacy education duration has been adopted to 5 years, 11 new faculties of pharmacy began providing education in Turkey, until 2013-2014 academic year. Disharmonization of curriculums may lead to restrict mobility of students between faculties of pharmacy in or out of the country. In this study, 21 Turkish faculties of pharmacy’s curriculums have been examined and compared with the Pharmacy Education in Europe (Pharmine)’s classification. When comparing faculties of pharmacy’s curriculums with each other; there have been a negative correlation between CHEMSCI (chemical sciences) and MEDISCI (medicinal and therapeutical sciences) course groups and some of the course groups not distributed normally. To benefit from internationalization of higher education, faculty of pharmacies in Turkey should be accredited at national and international level. Design of the curriculum is one of the main parts of accreditation, therefore it should be prepared carefully by bearing in mind the other pharmacy curriculums in and out of the country.