The implementation of the Erasmus + project for capacity building in higher education (CBHE) called ,,Innovating quality assessment tools for pharmacy studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ (IQPharm)“, began on January 15, 2021.
On the 12th and 13th February 2021., IQPharm partners met online to officially kick-off a new project. The coordinator and project participants officially began activities related to this extremely important project of national interest, focused on raising the quality and modernization of pharmacy studies at public universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina that have a pharmacy study.
The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sarajevo coordinates the IQPharm project on behalf of the University of Sarajevo. This project gathers four partners from public pharmaceutical faculties from Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Sarajevo, University of Banja Luka, University of Tuzla, University of Mostar) and four partners from program countries – pharmaceutical faculties in Croatia (University of Split), Serbia (University of Novi Sad), Italy (University of Chieti-Pescara) and Ireland (University of Dublin). During the project, participants will work together to modernize teaching for pharmacy students, but also to increase the research potential of public universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina with pharmacy programs.
Prof. Dr Tamer Bego, Vice-Dean for International Relations of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sarajevo and project leader of IQPharm, points out that the general goal of the project would be to improve the professional and pedagogical competencies of academic staff for a more interactive and practical approach to teaching, in line with the best practices and experiences of EU partners, as well as the modernization of existing curricula through the implementation of new models and approaches, and the active involvement of partners from the real sector. Furthermore, the goal is to improve teaching through the introduction of Knowledge Retention Evaluation Framework (KREF) and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for pharmacy students, improve the training of educators in the field of professional practice, and development of a platform for management and administration of professional practice.