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Mental health and resilience in higher education: Cultivating and sustaining wellbeing of the academics
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. And FIP AIM will be celebrating this special day with a webinar on mental health and wellbeing for academics.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic had led to considerable impact on our physical and mental wellbeing, mental health has become the ‘shadow pandemic’. At this webinar, cultivating mental health and resilience for academics will be highlighted and academic strategies for will be discussed to emphasize the benefits of improved mental health and wellbeing in achieving a better work-life integration.

The participants who join the webinar will;
1. Discover the importance of fostering academic resilience for mental health and wellbeing during unprecedented times and beyond,
2. Address the necessary reasons to raise mental health awareness among academics for students and workplace,
3. Identify institutional strategies in supporting mental health and wellbeing of academic staff and students,
4. Optimize mental health for academic performance in higher education.

Chairs:
-Pierre Moreau, Dean FIP, Kuwait University, Kuwait
-Toyin Tofade, Dean Howard University College of Pharmacy, USA
-Mohamad Rahal, Dean Lebanese International University, Lebanon

Panelists;
-Neil MacKinnon, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Augusta University, USA
-Betty Exintaris, Senior Lecturer, Monash University-Australia
-Fatos Ilkay Alp Yıldırım, Associate professor Istanbul University, School of Pharmacy, Turkey

Facilitators:
-Nilhan Uzman, FIP Lead for education policy and implementation FIP - The Netherlands
-Ozge Ozer, FIP Educational Partnership Coordinator - Turkey
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Speakers

Pierre Moreau
Dean @Kuwait University
Pierre Moreau received pharmacy and PhD degrees from Université de Montréal, and was appointed at this Institution in 1997. He was nominated Dean in 2006 and left Canada in 2014 to be appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Kuwait University, where he is leading a curriculum transformation.
Toyin Tofade
Dean @Howard University College of Pharmacy
In 2016, she was appointed as a member of the FIP programming committee and named an FIP Fellow in 2018 (the first black woman to receive this honor). In 2020 she was elected as President-Elect of the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section. She has published several papers and given presentations on a variety of topics nationally and internationally. Her current areas of focus include leadership development, academic capacity, individual, organizational leadership, and relationship systems.
Mohamad Rahal
Dean @Lebanese International University
Dean for the School of Pharmacy at the Lebanese International Universitywitha great experience in pharmacy education, program development, school management,pharmacy research and practiceplanning and development, and quality and accreditation standards.Started as an assistant professor at the Lebanese American University (LAU)in year 1998, and was involved in the planning and obtaining the ACPE full accreditation for the PharmD program.In 2002,chaired a team at theLebanese International University (LIU) to establish a new School of Pharmacy that offers Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees. These programs are clinical oriented and in accordance with the American pharmacy education system. In year 2004,was appointed as the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, and recently to professor.
Neil MacKinnon
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs @Augusta University
Neil MacKinnon is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augusta University in Georgia, USA. In that capacity, he serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the university, overseeing its ten colleges and schools, as well as diversity and inclusion, enrollment and student affairs, faculty affairs, institutional effectiveness and planning, instruction and innovation, the registrar’s office, and the research enterprise. He also serves on the board of AU Health. He is a Tenured Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to his current position, he was Dean of the Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. He was Director of the State Office of Rural Health for Arizona and a Professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He was Professor and Associate Director for Research at the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Betty Exintaris
Senior Lecturer @Monash University
Betty Exintaris has a general interest in urogenital physiology and pharmacology, as well as the teaching of physiology and pharmacology to undergraduate students. In her role as an academic, she co-ordinates various undergraduate units, as well as the Honours program for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. In recent years, she has been actively involved in the design and development of units in the Masters of Pharmacy degree, the Honours program and the Masters of Pharmaceutical Science degree. In 2018, she was the recipient of the ASCEPT Gillian Shenfield educator award, in 2019, she was awarded a Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, in 2020 she was awarded a Faculty team award for a Program that Enhances Learning and in 2021 she was awarded a Faculty Teaching Excellence award. Betty has been awarded ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Monash Student Parkville Association 10 times.
Fatos Ilkay Alp Yıldırım
Associate professor @Istanbul University, School of Pharmacy
Ilkay ALP YILDIRIM is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Department of Pharmacology, lstanbul University, Turkey. Her research interests include Pharmacology & Pharmacy. She is serving as an editorial member and reviewer of several international reputed journals. Ilkay ALP YILDIRIM is the member of many international affiliations. She has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities. She has authored of many research articles/books related to Pharmacology & Pharmacy.
Nilhan Uzman
Lead for education policy and implementation @FIP
Nilhan Uzman is a pharmacist trained in Turkey. She is the Global Lead for Education Policy and Implementation at International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Her primary focus is developing and delivering FIP’s strategy towards advancing pharmaceutical education globally, regionally and at country level by working closely with academics, educators, pharmacy schools, professional associations, health and education partners as well as young professionals and pharmacy students. Nilhan is leading FIP’s-Women in Science and Education – FIPWiSE initiative to empower women in these fields to achieve their full potential. She leads the FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN Programme, which aims at improving academic capacity, implementing needs-based education strategies and establishing enabling advocacy environments through educational partnerships to advance education and the profession with focus on LMICs. A key priority area she leads is FIP’s Digital health in pharmacy education workstream.
Ozge Ozer
Educational Partnership Coordinator @FIP
Ozge Ozer is a pharmacist who trained in Turkey, and holds a PhD degree on Social and Administrative Pharmacy. She has led various educational FIP AIM projects on leadership for pharmacy students and academics.