A TWINNING agreement signed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the St Louis College of Pharmacy will work towards improving skills in the pharmaceutical sector in the country.
Three pharmaceutical professors from St Louis, Missouri, visited NMMU to help set up a training programme for pharmacy technicians to address the country's HIV/Aids epidemic.
The Bay university is the first in the country to train pharmacy technicians with a programme that started earlier this year.
"This partnership's aim is to support NMMU in strengthening its curriculum and building capacity by mentoring the staff to develop their expertise in the teaching and assessment of students, while ensuring the quality of experiential learning provided to them," NMMU international programmes director Prof Ken Schafermeyer said.
University spokeswoman Roslyn Baatjies said there would be a temporary exchange of staff between the NMMU and the St Louis college.
"The aim is to support the midlevel worker programmes at NMMU, allowing the university to graduate skilled midlevel workers to assist in health care delivery in the health sector of our country, where resources are stretched by the burden of conditions such as HIV/Aids," she said.