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Professor Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University, and Dr. Yasser Refaat, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, inaugurated Wednesday evening the second international conference of the Faculty of Pharmacy PHS 2022, which will last for two days.
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In his speech, Dr. Konsowa confirmed that Alexandria University is keen to support the university's scientific research system, as a fundamental pillar in the shift towards a knowledge economy, explaining that the university has launched several initiatives to encourage researchers to increase their output of applied scientific research, and the university is also establishing a technology park to link these outputs with industry and transfer the research results into products of economic value, in order to achieve the Egyptian state’s vision of sustainable development in accordance with the 2030 strategy. The university president announced the start of several projects during the coming period under the umbrella of Alexandria University to serve society and industry extensively. He also thanked the administration of the Faculty of Pharmacy for its efforts in publishing and supporting scientific research.
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Meanwhile, Dr. Yasser Refaat, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, emphasized the role of the ministry in providing an encouraging environment for innovation within Egypt’s Vision 2030, explaining that the Science, Technology and Innovation Incentives Law contributed to supporting scientific research in Egypt. He praised the role of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Alexandria University in achieving a huge leap in the field of scientific research during the past four years, as the number of published researches reached more than 10 thousand, appreciating their quality, as the percentage of scientific citations reached 45% higher than the global average, the percentage of scientific publication reached 78% published in Q1, Q2, and the percentage of research in the medical and pharmaceutical sector 55%. He urged the researchers participating in the conference to discuss research projects that support the economy and the pharmaceutical industry.
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Dr. Mervat Qassem, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, said that the conference is one of the largest international conferences for pharmaceutical and health sciences held in Egypt, with the participation of the Egyptian Medicines Authority and major companies in the pharmaceutical industry and medical supplies. In addition, more than 1,000 participants and researchers from Egypt and 21 Arab and foreign countries are participating in its current version, as well as a number of pharmaceutical and medical supplies companies. During the conference, 18 sessions will be held, including 53 scientific lectures, dialogues and workshops, and 118 research posters to discuss all that is new in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy and drug economics, and an exhibition for the participating companies and agencies.
The inauguration was attended by Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, President of Pharos University, Dr. Mohamed Onsi, President of the Syndicate of Pharmacists, deans and vice deans of the faculties, and the participating Arab and foreign delegations. The opening ceremony also included honouring a number of pioneers and professors of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University.