In the Rector’s Office of the University of Rijeka, a press conference was held to present the new Pharmaceutical Medicine study programme of the University of Rijeka.
The Pharmaceutical Medicine study programme of the University of Rijeka will be carried out as a five-year study programme, i.e. an integrated undergraduate and graduate university programme. The start of the study programme is scheduled for the next academic year and will be carried out jointly by the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Biotechnology of the University of Rijeka.
The participants of the press conference included Ivica Šušak, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Education, Prim. Željko Plazonić, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Ivo Usmiani, President of the Board of Directors of Jadran galenski laboratorij d. d., Prof. Siniša Tomić, PhD, Head of HALMED, Prof. Snježana Prijić Samaržija, PhD, Rector of the University of Rijeka, Prof. Marta Žuvić, PhD, Vice-Rector for Studies, Students and Quality Assurance, Prof. Goran Hauser, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rijeka, Assoc. Prof. Igor Jurak, PhD, Deputy Head of the Department of Biotechnology of the University of Rijeka, and Prof. Alen Ružić, PhD, Director of Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka.
The participants emphasised the importance of good inter-institutional cooperation, which has been present since the launch of the process of establishing the Pharmaceutical Medicine study programme, especially in planning and conducting joint scientific and applied research and strengthening the human resources of all partners involved.
“Our cooperation with the University is good, and the introduction of this study programme will improve it further. I have dreamed of a Pharmaceutical Medicine study programme in Rijeka, and it is now becoming true. JGL is a teaching institution of the University of Rijeka in the field of biotechnology, and I believe it will also soon be for the field of pharmacy. Pharmacy is one of the strategic industries and it is significant that we will have our own workforce pool in Rijeka,” said Ivo Usmiani.
At the working protocol meeting before the conference, the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Zagreb, the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka and the Department of Biotechnology signed an Agreement Regulating Mutual Rights and Obligations, which was followed by a visit to the production facilities within the JGL Pharma Valley complex and a tour of the JGL Museum of Pharmacy. Visitors were impressed by what they saw, and the group were commended for their efforts, which was both a rewarding experience and an incentive for further growth and development.