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Interview with Dr. Dorkoosh

Mevlana Exchange Program, an interview with Dr. Farid Dorkoosh

Mevlana Exchange Program, an interview with Dr. Farid Dorkoosh

Mevlana Exchange Program is aimed to exchange students and academic staff between the Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries. With the regulation published in August 23, 2011, this exchange has been possible. Dr. Farid Dorkoosh visited the Faculty of Pharmacy at Hacettepe University, Turkey as a visiting lecturer in March 2017. Dr. Farid Dorkoosh is faculty member at the Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His two-week academic visit was planned on the basis of the Mevlana Exchange Program. This exchange program has been designed in collaboration between the Faculty of Pharmacy at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy at Hacettepe University to exchange knowledge at both student and faculty staff levels. Here below, please read the interview with Dr. Dorkoosh:


- Could you please tell us about the advantages and disadvantages of the Mevlana Exchange Program?

In my opinion the Exchange Program could have been signed at the university level rather than between the two pharmacy schools. At the university level the potentials of the program could be used much more efficiently. For example the accommodation services and allowance fee would be much more satisfying and less challenging when the two universities are involved in the program. For this reason, I had to provide my own accommodation outside of the university campus.    

- What is your evaluation of English language of the students in both graduates and undergraduates level at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe university?

Based on my observation about 60% of the PhD students were fluent in English and only 20% of the undergrad students were able to speak fluently. That situation was somehow equally comparable with the Iranian students. My visit was mostly focused on giving lectures to PhD students. I discussed the existing potentials of designing joint academic projects involving both the faculty staff and students, yet setting up such projects requires some time and dedication.

- How would you compare laboratory facilities, equipment, devices and social factors such as culture and mindset in both schools?  

Considering lab hardware and the knowledge of academic staff, both institutions are basically at the same level. Even our cultures are very similar and one would not feel a culture shock while doing an academic visit in Turkey.

- What are the most obvious differences between the two schools?

At the Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University the PhD students do not have the choice to select their own supervisor. Literally the head of the department assigns a faculty member as a supervisor for the PhD students, while in Iran the graduate students have the freedom to rotate in different labs and choose their supervisors personally which is the full right of a PhD student everywhere in the world.

- Please tell us about the topics of your lectures at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University?

I concentrated more on pharmaceutics syllabus, proteins, nanodrug delivery systems for the PhD students. Furthermore, I gave a general lecture on patenting and intellectual property to the students and professors.

- What is your recommendation for further academic collaboration between the two institutions?

In my opinion this agreement should be reviewed to get the administration of the two universities to facilitate supporting services such as administrative paperwork, accommodation, office space and transportation. The schools may not have the necessary budget to run such programs independently and efficiently.








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