School of Pharmacy ITB held “National Seminar on the Curriculum of Pharmacy Higher Education in Indonesia”, as part of the 70th annual celebration of the School of Pharmacy ITB, on May 17th-18th, 2017. This event was attended by 195 participants from different academic institutions, hospitals, and information media from all over Indonesia. The seminar, chaired by Dr. Diky Mudhakir, Apt., was held to facilitate the interaction and experience sharing by the academicians and professionals in order to identify the required student competencies, especially for embracing the global competition.
The seminar, themed as “Contribution of the Higher Education on Shaping a Competence and Assertive Pharmacist”, invited 17 speakers, including two international speakers Prof. Dexi Liu (College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia, USA) and Lourens Bloem, M.Sc. (Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Both speakers presented their topics on the first day of the seminar (May 17th, 2017) together with other speakers, i.e. Prof. Aris Junaedi (Direktorat Jenderal Pembelajaran dan Kemahasiswaan – The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia), Drs. Nurul Falah Eddy Pariang, Apt. (Ikatan Apoteker Indonesia), Prof. Dr. Daryono Hadi Tjahjono, M.Sc., Apt. (School of Pharmacy ITB), Raymond Tjandrawinata, Ph.D. (PT Dexa Medica), Prof. dr. Hasbullah Thabrany, MPH., Dr.PH (Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia), Budi Rahardjo, M.Sc., Ph.D. (School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics ITB), and Dra. L. Endang Budiarti, M. Pharm., Apt. (Bethesda Hospital, Yogyakarta).
The presented topics included all the important aspects required to develop the curriculum of pharmacy higher education, including the curriculum as a quality standard of the learning system in academic and professional education; updates on pharmaceutical technology; the development and the commercial aspects of herbal and biotechnology products; the competence of pharmacy higher education graduates in clinical, pharmacoeconomic and national health guarantee system; and the role of information technology in the teaching field.
On the second day (May 18th, 2017), the participants were divided into four discussion groups based on their field of interest. The participants discussed together with the experts in the related field. The parallel discussion was held with two speakers on each main topic, i.e. “Exit Exam” with Dr. Umi Athiyah, Apt. (Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Airlangga) and Dr. Lucy Sasongko (School of Pharmacy ITB), “Curriculum” with Endang Wahjuningsih, M.S., Apt. (Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Surabaya) and Prof. Dr. Slamet Ibrahim S., Apt. (School of Pharmacy ITB), “Updates on Pharmaceutical Science and Technology” with Dr. Neny Nuraini (PT Bio Farma) and Dra. Anita Ekayanti, Apt. (PT Kalbe Farma), and “Updates on Clinical and Community Pharmacy” with Dra. Yulia Trisna, M.Pharm., Apt. (Cipto Mangunkusomo Hospital Jakarta) and Prof. Dr. Tutus Gusdinar K., Apt. (School of Pharmacy ITB).
The curriculum is one of the tools to achieve the prime goals in education, which needs to be regularly and comprehensively evaluated. Seminar on the curriculum should be held routinely because it can be used as a reference for the higher education providers in Indonesia, especially those who administer pharmacy higher education. Ultimately, this reference can be used as a fundamental referral to achieve the equality level of pharmacy higher educational quality in Indonesia.