Under the patronage of His Excellency, Minister of Public Health, Mr. Wael Abou Faour, represented by Dr. Antoine Romanos, the Lebanese International University (LIU) hosted the 19th Congress of the Association of Pharmacy Colleges in the Arab World between October 18th and 20th, 2016 at LIU, Bekaa Campus, Khyara, Lebanon.
During the opening ceremony, the head of the conference, the Dean Dr. Mohamad Rahal, welcomed the attendees by the slogan of the university president: “Towards A Better Future,” where he stressed that this is only achieved by education, practice and research. Dr. Rahal continued by saying that the curriculum at the school of pharmacy is dynamic with the latest innovations in pharmacy education and that our graduates are equipped with a strong scientific background, communication skills, leadership traits, ethical considerations and health teamwork experience. The Dean Dr. Rahal ended by the mission of the conference, which incorporates the expansion of pharmacy horizons through the integration of education, practice and research.
In addition, the general secretary of the association, Dr. Abdul Hakim Nattouf, expressed his expectations about the results and conclusions of such a conference and its positive scientific impact on the pharmacy education.
Moreover, the president of the Lebanese Order of Pharmacists, Dr. George Sili stressed on the importance of a dynamic curriculum for the benefit of the patients in the new era of patient centered practice.
Furthermore, Dr. Khaled Makkouk, from the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), acknowledged the importance of this Arab Colleges of Pharmacy Association in a region where the needs are comparable among the different schools of pharmacy in different countries.
Additionally, the President of the Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Sciences (LAAS), Prof. Naim Oueiny shed the light on the mission of pharmacy profession and expressed his recognition to LIU for organizing this congress that strengthens the practice of pharmacy.
From his side, the President of LIU, H.E. Mr. Abdul Rahim Mourad, presented his vision in a strategic way, where he highlighted the issue about having the higher education meet the needs of our fast moving technological era. Based on this fact, he stressed on the need for a dynamic and continuing education as the key to success for a better connected world: socially, economically and educationally.
Last but not least, the representative of H.E. Mr. Wael Abou Faour, Dr. Romanos added that Lebanon’s history of organizing scientific conferences where health professionals meet is well known. He presented the strong commitment of the Ministry of Public Health to the patients’ benefits, along with the strong cooperation with the order of pharmacists.
The ceremony was concluded by the distribution of the trophies to the distinguished guests, the deans and the international speakers, which was then followed by the opening of the exhibition.
The keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Saseen, addressed the attendees about: The Changing Landscape of Lipid Management: Innovations, Updates, and Controversies. Furthermore, international scholars in Pharmacy Education, Practice and Innovation delivered plenary lectures to the attendance.
Forty three deans of schools of pharmacy from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Sudan, Syria, UAE and Lebanon attended the congress. The participating universities were: Egypt: Ain Shams University, Cario University, Alexandria University, Al Azhar University; Iraq: Basra University, Al- mustansiriyah, University of Mousil; Jordan: Jordan University, Zarqa University, Isra University, American University of Madaba; Kuwait: University of Kuwait; Libya: Tripoli University, Omar Al-Mukhtar University, Zawia University, Elmergib University, Libyan international medical University; Oman: Oman Assistant Pharmacy Institute; Sudan: Al Razy University, Khartoum University, Omdaman University, Al-Neelain University, National –University, University of Gezira, Ibn Sina Univerity, National Ribat University; Syria: Syrian Private University, Arab International Univerity , Kalamoon University, Al-Andalus –Syria, International University for Science and Technology (IUST), Damascus University, Tishreen University; UAE: Al-Ain University of Science and Technology, Ajman Unversity of Science and Technology; and Lebanon: Lebanese University, Lebanese American University, Beirut Arab University, University Saint joseph and Lebanese International University.