Strong foundations key to success for international students

30 Apr 2013

An enthusiastic group of UQ Foundation Year students visited the UQ school of Pharmacy  in April, where they took part in a tour of the new facilities at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE), before enjoying an afternoon tea with staff and current pharmacy students.

Pharmacy School senior lecturer Dr Neil Cottrell, spoke about how his course ”Integrated Patient Centred Care”, in the final year of study, helped students prepare for their future careers as medicines experts.

The course focuses on helping students apply their knowledge of medicines to improving patient outcomes.

The School of Pharmacy has traditionally awarded a bursary to one Foundation Year student entering the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree each year, and 2013 is no exception.

During the student's visit to PACE, this year’s winner, Mr Mohamed El Washahy, was awarded a cheque for $3000.00.

Mr El Washahy completed his Foundation Year studies in 2012 and entered the Bachelor of Pharmacy this year.

The International Education Services’ (IES) UQ Foundation Year program is a preparatory course for international students wishing to begin studies at UQ.

The program is accredited to provide students with a 30954QLD Certificate IV in University Preparation.

Students who achieve the specific standards are guaranteed a place in the first year of undergraduate courses at The University of Queensland.

For further information on the IES UQ Foundation Year program, visit