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Sharing Perspectives on English-Medium Instruction


Katherine Ackerley, Marta Guarda and Francesca Helm

English is increasingly used as a medium of instruction in European higher education not only in northern countries, but also in the European ‘south’. This volume is fruit of a project which was carried out in a public university based in the north-east of Italy with the aim of delivering professional development for university lecturers engaged in EMI. It begins with an overview of the European context, the Italian context, and some of the arguments against the indiscriminate spread of English as a medium of instruction in higher education. The volume then focuses on the microcontext of the university, giving voice to the various stakeholders in EMI. These include researchers, lecturers, administrative staff, those involved in professional development and students. The central part of the volume presents the views and experiences of twelve EMI lecturers from a range of academic disciplines. In sharing these perspectives on EMI, the volume hopes to stimulate critical dialogue and research on the many issues involved in this aspect of internationalisation in higher education institutions.

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The pharmaceutical scientist (Barbara gatto)


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The pharmaceutical scientist

The Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences of the University of Padova offers several courses aimed at the formation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Veneto and in a wider territory. Among these courses, the Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies has a specific and unique character and a distinct international dimension. Its purpose is to endow students with a sound scientific knowledge for health biotechnologies and modern pharmaceutical research.

The organisation and the needs of research in the pharmaceutical field have changed dramatically in recent years. Modern research in both academic and industrial settings is intensely devoted to the study and development of biopharmaceuticals, including the development of biologics and monoclonal antibodies of new conception. Currently, the pharmaceutical scientist requires a thorough education and expertise in molecular biology, genetics, recombinant DNA techniques and bioinformatics, with a solid background in chemistry, pharmacology and advanced pharmaceutical technology. The professionals working in pharmaceutical R&D and production must possess a sound interdisciplinary knowledge, including the specific technical and regulatory issues dedicated to the research, development and monitoring of innovative drugs and biosimilars. ← 205 | 206 →

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