DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 13th July 2021 – Following the initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed in April 2020, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and Knowledge E have decided to continue their collaboration through a new MoU signed at the end of June for a renewal period of three years. This MoU strengthens the collaboration between both institutions with the objective of developing and advancing new joint educational programmes and further raises the importance of teaching excellence in pharmacy degree programmes across the MENA region.
Kamran R. Kardan, Knowledge E’s CEO, said, “We are delighted to renew our successful collaboration with ACPE. In 2020, we worked on developing and delivering our first Teaching Excellence Programme in Pharmacy Education in Egypt, and our mutually beneficial cooperation allowed us to contribute to sustainable results in the field. For the next three years, we will expand our activities and explore new and innovative initiatives that will support the development of our vision of moving towards a more knowledgeable world.”
Jan Engle, ACPE’s Executive Director, commented, “ACPE is enthusiastic to continue our collaboration with Knowledge E and our work with the jointly-organised faculty development programme for faculties of pharmacy in Egypt, sponsored by the Egyptian Knowledge Bank. The programme has been extremely successful, as evidenced by the evaluations, feedback and positive comments from participants. It is very exciting to see the ideas, plans and strategies that the participating schools have developed to strengthen their pharmacy degree programmes. ACPE is looking forward to continuing the collaboration with an expanded group of faculties of pharmacy in Egypt.”
About Knowledge E
Established in 2012, Knowledge E was fast to become synonymous with collaboration, professionalism, and innovation. Head-quartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and supported by a team of over 45 highly engaged professionals, Knowledge E works closely with over 200 clients world-wide from various types of organisations and government entities within the research and education sector to support their continued innovation and development. This is achieved by providing leading expertise, information resources and software solutions. Since its inception, Knowledge E has prudently expanded its presence, services, and technology in line with its vision of developing ‘a more knowledgeable world’.
Knowledge E’s three core offerings are the 3D’s; ‘Discover’, ‘Develop’ and ‘Disseminate’. ‘Discover’ through the KnE Digital Library Solutions to institutions and individuals powered by Zendy for research literature discovery, as well as tailored content packages; ‘Develop’ through the KnE Learning Programmes, supporting capacity building and skills development within academia as well as the KnE Consulting Projects, serving universities on their mission to become ‘world-class universities’; and ‘Disseminate’ through the KnE Publishing Services and the platform for Open Access publishing of regional journals and conference proceedings.
ACPE, established in 1932, is the sole recognized national agency in the United States of America for accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. By providing accreditation services and professional development activities, the Mission of ACPE is to assure the quality of pharmacy education and training and support the advancement of the pharmacy profession. ACPE sets standards for the education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. ACPE’s International Services Program (ISP) was established in February 2011 and the Mission of ISP is to promote, assure and advance the quality of pharmacy education internationally to improve patient care through safe and effective medication use. ISP was created to strengthen ACPE’s ability to assist international stakeholders who seek guidance related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education.
ISP offers evaluation, certification and precertification of professional degree programs internationally and has certified and precertified pharmacy degree programs in Saudi Arabia, India, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Indonesia, North Cyprus, Lebanon and Mauritius. Applications for certification and precertification from programs in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt are in process. ACPE collaborates with other organizations to provide faculty development workshops and training to advance the competencies of members of the pharmacy workforce.