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First International Pharmacists Graduate PSU

Three students from Iraq, the first international graduates in Pharmacy, have received diplomas from Perm State University (PSU) – marking the start of 2022 with a bright spot in their academic career.

Today, PSU is proud to be the only ‘classical’ university in Russia to teach Pharmacy – besides a greater variety of faculties and courses, both science and arts. Although PSU has had a long tradition of teaching chemistry and medicine back a century ago, after a long break it revised the “Pharmacy” Program in Russian language since 2016, and in English since 2017. The first international graduates in Pharmacy, using the English language fully, will graduate PSU in 2022.

“We are eager to expand the geography of admission of international students for the Pharmacy  program. I believe, the competences gained through the course will be in demand, globally.  The graduates of our Faculty surely have an advantage, as their knowledge and skills are a joint result of a classical fundamental approach meeting modern applied techniques,”

comments Irina Mashevskaya, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

PSU students in Pharmacy learn to test the pharmacological activity of drugs, study their manufacture, develop strategies for their promotion on the market, and even build pharmaceutical enterprises.

According to our graduate Al-Zeyad Ali (Iraq), he chose the pharmaceutical course at Perm State University intentionally: “My Dad is a biologist and also an analytical chemist. My Mom is a veterinarian. Our family runs our own lab for analysis, so many people advised me to study pharmaceuticals. After my graduation here in Russia, I will spend another study year in Iraq in order to confirm my degree, in my native language. I will definitely work in a pharmacy or in a hospital. If I decide to continue my studies, it will be the veterinary medicine, since I tend to like this particular profession. Overall, I hope to lend a hand to my parents, and thank them for everything they have invested in me throughout my life.”

PSU Chemists Invent New Materials, Get International Patents

By the end of autumn 2021, PSU scholars will patent 6 inventions in pharmacy and industrial chemistry, internationally.

Researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry, Perm State University have developed substances with antimicrobial activity and ways of their production – patenting new bioactive substances, pharmaceutical compositions and dosage forms.

“The Faculty of Chemistry, empowered by qualified experts in organic chemistry and pharmacology, as well as modern research equipment, allow us to conduct in-depth pharmacological studies of potential medical drugs,”

comments Dr. Irina Mashevskaya, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry.

Another group of researchers has developed a way to use a new corrosion inhibitor – a chemical compound that significantly reduces the rate of corrosion. PSU chemists are planning to develop technologies for the production, storage and use of hydrogen and carbon dioxide utilization issues.

“To convert our research into products, offering it for public use and private enterprises, attracting  industrial partners, participating in Research and Technological Development competitions, it is necessary for our results to be protected by patents, nationally and internationally,”

says Dr. Irina Mashevskaya.

Part of the research is carried out within the framework of the “Rational Subsoil Use” Perm Scientific and Educational Center. In charge of the patent registration is the Metrology and Patenting Office, being a part of the Department of Scientific and Innovative activities, PSU. PSU organics, physicists, pharmacologists and pharmaceutical technologists have always been leaders in patent and licensing activity at Perm State University. In total, researchers of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU have filed 48 patent applications in 2021.

University of Kansas Scholar Gives Open Lectures at PSU

PSU teaching staff and students have joined a series of online lectures by Mikhail Rubin, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, USA), which will last due to 25 October, 2021.

Within the course, Mikhail Rubin is going to concentrate on modern approaches in the analysis and quality control of products within chemical, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries. The lectures are designed for students, graduate students, teachers and researchers of the Faculty of Chemistry. Interested scholars of related programs are also invited to take part.

“Our research group started implementing scientific projects in cooperation with Mikhail Rubin back in 2012. Not only does our activity include lectures on relevant fields of research, but also enables internships for our graduate and postgraduate students at the University of Kansas,”

says Professor Andrey Maslivets, head of the project, head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, PSU.

The lectures united under the title “Solving structural problems of organic chemistry using instrumental methods of analysis” are available on the Zoom platform and held in Russian. All lectures start at 4:30pm Perm time (2:30 Moscow time, 11:30 UTC) on the following dates: 29 September; 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 18, 20, 22 and 25 October.

For the lectures, please, use the following Zoom link –
Meeting ID: 967 3436 2643
Pass code: 801403

International Student Shares His Story of Helping Tragedy Victims «I used my clothes as a bondage and called for the first aid»

Ashraf Razuk (Iraq), a 3rd year student in Pharmacy, Faculty of Chemistry, PSU was one of the first to help the wounded. On 20 September, the student was walking across the Perm State University campus, when the shooting began.

As he saw a girl falling down, the student immediately rushed towards her: “It turned out, she wasn’t injured – just very scared. I loaded her on my shoulders and carried behind the building’s corner, where it was safe.”

After that, Ashraf noticed another victim – a young man, wounded in his leg. Using his clothes, Ashraf bandaged him and called the ambulance.

“Then, someone told me that my friend was wounded – they showed where he was, so I run there to check, and approached a paramedic,”

recollects Ashraf Razuk.

Ashraf’s injured friend happened to be Abdullah Obaid, another student in chemistry from Iraq. During the classes’ break, he strolled by the University fountain. When the shots happened, Abdullah protected the girl standing next to him, covering her with his body. The student received gunshot wounds to both legs. Abdullah was given initial treatment in Perm, and then transferred to a hospital in Moscow.

Perm State University is grateful to everyone who showed courage and provided help and support to those in trouble. We know there were more people on campus who did their best to protect the others!

First Graduates in Pharmacy Exit PSU

The first group of pharmacists has graduated from Perm State University (PSU), where they learned how to develop, manufacture and register new medical products, analyze drugs and draw up a business plan for a private pharmaceutical enterprise.

Graduates of the Faculty of Chemistry build further careers as drug production technologists, researchers in pharmacology, pharmacists, as well as work in forensic and medical examination centers. Some of the students have started working while studying at the University.

“While studying, our students passed an internship at the Medisorb (Медисорб) JSC Pharmaceutical Company, a great place to drill skills for future specialists. Local pharmacies and pharmaceutical production also served as worthy placements,”

admits Pyotr Mashchenko, Acting Head, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

Recently, the Faculty has opened applications for 14 budget (state-funded) and contract 60 (private paid) places in Pharmacy. Applications are due to 18 August, 2021.

Study Pharmacy at PSU!

Want to open your on pharmacy store in future? Looking for prospects in medicine making? Thrilled by the magic of chemistry? You can learn it at Perm State University!

The Faculty of Chemistry at PSU is a leader of training specialists in pharmacy, corrosion, technosphere safety, and pedagogy. The Faculty adheres to a 100-years old traditions of academic education, and looking into the future – combining deep theoretical training with workshops, successfully introducing new technologies and international practices.

Here, what our international students say: 

Alkhudairi Om Albaneen Mahdi Abdulhadi, 4th year student, Iraq: “I chose the Department of Chemistry (Pharmacology) at Perm State University, in particular, because it is considered as one of the best universities, internationally. It is pleasant to deal with and study in, helping students excel and succeed in many ways and scientific fields. The University does care about students’ needs, assists at resolving issues and acts fair with everyone. Among other higher educational institutions, especially the international ones, I chose Perm State, and have never regretted, so far.”

Jumaniyazov Nizamaddin, 2nd year student, Turkmenistan: “I chose the Faculty of Chemistry at PSU because I found chemistry quite an interesting science, full of insights and discoveries. All over the world, we do have pharmacies and need medicines, regardless of age, social status or gender. Here, I’d like to say thanks to our teachers for their professionalism. They do explain us complicated matters in most accessible ways possible, are always open for questions and showing respect to every student. That makes study us learn science with joy.”

Al-Kinani Ammar Imad Abdulzahra, 4th year student, Iraq: “Among many advantages, Perm State University is a very pleasant and beautiful place to study, green and sunny in the summer time, and beautifully snowy in winter. Studying at the Faculty of Chemistry , we are provided with all the necessary equipment and great labs, as well as an access to the Botanical garden, libraries and cafeteria, campus facilities and sport. I would recommend every foreign student to come to Perm State University – for studies, prospects and new friends.”

Interested? Learn more about studying Chemistry and Pharmacy at PSU: http://studchem.psu.ru/

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