The agreement will allow UH Hilo students to train with an approved licensed pharmacist in Japan, and in turn, students in Japan can come to UH Hilo to earn their academic requirements.
The pharmacy college at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has signed a partnership with Japan’s Yokohama University of Pharmacy that will expand the horizons of students in both countries.
The agreement covers the fourth year of experiential training for Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy students, as well as pharmaceutical care, pharmaceutical sciences research and the organization of joint research projects.
“This is a great example of how Hawaiʻi Island acts as a logical bridge between the United States and Asia as a whole,” says Carolyn Ma, interim dean of the college. “UH Hilo already has several agreements with universities in Japan, from Meio University in Okinawa to Matsuyama University in Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan. We are optimistic that this is a continuation of an already strong educational relationship.”
The “International Exchange Program on Pharmaceutical Education, Research and Practical Training” will allow students at UH Hilo to set up six weeks of training during their fourth year in a four-year program with an approved licensed pharmacist in Japan. Likewise, students in Japan can come to UH Hilo to earn their academic requirements.
Yokohama University of Pharmacy is part of the Tsuzuki Education Group, a consortium of more than 20 universities and colleges in Japan, including three colleges of pharmacy. Representatives from the consortium visited UH Hilo’s pharmacy college in May to tour the campus and discuss possibilities for partnerships.