India Gateway News
In the 1970s, Milap Nahata was among the faculty recruited by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to help develop and implement what was then the new Doctor of Pharmacy Program, now the standard degree for pharmacists to enter the profession. Today, Nahata sees another great opportunity: helping lay the foundation for PharmD education throughout his home country of India. He recently visited the country to speak about clinical pharmacy to the first graduating class of PharmD students in India, assess the top two clinical pharmacy programs in the country and explore opportunities for collaboration with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
The creation of the PharmD degree in the United States had its roots in the 1950s, with the idea that pharmacists could play a vital role in the care of patients to improve health outcomes. “Back when I first came to Ohio State, few outside of pharmacy knew what it meant when I said I had a PharmD degree,” said Nahata. “Now, the United States is seen as the leader in the world for clinical pharmacy, so it is important for us to reach out to other nations that have not emphasized the important role pharmacists can play in clinical settings.”
The Ohio State University has been selected to receive NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization which recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced through best practices in engagement, programming, curriculum/faculty development and outreach. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. The Simon Award is universally considered the most prestigious award for comprehensive internationalization in the U.S.
Over the past five years, Ohio State has focused on six specific international goals outlined by the President’s and Provost’s Council on Strategic Internationalization: increase the percentage of international faculty and students; promote scholarship on major global issues; create international dual degree programs; promote collaboration with alumni and Ohio’s international business ventures; develop an international physical presence; and increase international experiences for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
The Council of Graduate Students and the Office of International Affairs are now accepting applications for the 2014 Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant. The grant encourages and promotes the professional and academic development of graduate researchers at Ohio State by providing financial support for students to undertake research abroad.