RESEARCH ARTICLE: Pharmacy education during and beyond COVID-19 in six Asia-Pacific countries: Changes, challenges, and experiences




COVID-19, Pharmacy Education, Thematic Analysis, Webinar


The COVID-19 pandemic shifted pharmacy education to remote teaching and learning (T&L) strategies. To share changes, challenges, and experiences in pharmacy education among member countries, the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations hosted a 1.5-hour webinar on 15th May 2020. Questions collected during registration and the live webinar were coded using thematic analysis. A total of 794 participants from 18 countries/territories registered, while 346 attended the webinar. Of 445 questions, 392 were from the registration form and 53 from the webinar. All questions were coded to four major themes: new normal pharmacy education, ethics and safety, material accessibility, and teaching and evaluation methods. Questions during registration were mostly on new normal adaptation (n=79), T&L formats (n=65), and access/resources/ sustainability (n=59). Webinar questions were mainly on assessment format (n=13), laboratory skills (n=9), and access/resources/sustainability (n=9). The webinar provided an opportunity to quickly identify issues regarding pharmacy education during the COVID-19 pandemic for prompt actions and further research.

Author Biographies

Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

Head - Internationalization and Global Network

Vivienne Mak, Monash University, Australia

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

G Sumalatha, Vikas Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, India



Agung Endro Nugroho, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Dean - Faculty of Pharmacy


Triana Hertiani, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Faculty of Pharmacy


Mohd Zulkefeli, International Medical University, Malaysia

Dean - School of Pharmacy


Enkhjargal Dorjbal, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Mongolia

School of Pharmacy

Shinezaya Dashbaljir, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Mongolia

School of Pharmacy

Erwin Martinez Faller, San Pedro College, Philippines

Faculty of Pharmacy


Christine Aileen Ching Benosa, Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA), Philippines

Secretary General


Syahrir Zaini, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia




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