Kentucky school expanding near and far


At a time when many state budgets for education are under immense cost pressures, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is not only growing stateside but also internationally. The state legislature has set aside $120 million to construct a new building for the college. Expected to be completed by 2010, it will enable the college to double its class size and admit more residents from within the state. But the dean of the UK pharmacy college, Kenneth Roberts, has set his sights even farther. He's working with Peking University to improve its curriculum to reflect more emphasis on clinical pharmacy. Roberts told Drug Topics that Peking University will be sending some of its faculty to UK for training. "We will train their trainers," he said. How did this relationship come about? It turns out that some of Peking University's faculty had sent their children to UK for pharmacy education, so they have firsthand knowledge of the strengths of the Lexington campus. Roberts hopes that an exchange program can be set up eventually whereby UK pharmacy students would be able to study abroad there.

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