EDITORIAL: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on higher education in Japan: Transition to online education and challenges in experiential pharmacy practice

Authors

  • Ichiro Matsuoka Matsuyama University, Japan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2020.202.9194

Keywords:

Japan, COVID-19, Online class , IInformation sharing, Experiential pharmacy practice

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of human life, including pharmacy education worldwide. This article depicts how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted higher education in Japan with a focus on two topics: the transition to online education and the challenges faced in experiential pharmacy practice. In both topics, the sharing of information among educators and stakeholders, from students to governmental ministries, played vital roles in keeping the programme delivery as normal as possible during the pandemic. Insights gained from experience during the pandemic should offer a basis for the robust and versatile framework of tomorrow’s pharmacy education.

Author Biography

Ichiro Matsuoka, Matsuyama University, Japan

College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

References

Ministry of Education (MEXT) (2020). Information on the MEXT's measures against COVID-19. Available at: https://www.mext.go.jp/en/mext_00006.html

Ministry of Health (MHLW) (2020a). COVID-19 Information update from the ministry of health, labor, and welfare. Available at: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_000 32.html

Ministry of Health (MHLW) (2020b). Avoidance of Three Cs (MHLW). Available at: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/10900000/000615287.pdf

The National Institute of Informatics (NII) (2020). The Cyber Symposia on University Remote Teaching. Available at: https://www.nii.ac.jp/event/other/decs/

The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan (PSJ) (2018). Model core-curriculum for pharmacy education. Available at: https://www.pharm.or.jp/kyoiku/pdf/corecurri_eng180426.pdf

Published

15/01/2021

Issue

Section

COVID-19 Editorial