The active volunteer of the Student Council, Artem Kretchman has recently returned from the Netherlands, where the 41st annual congress of the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association took place in the city of Baarlo. The Student Council of ZSMU has become an official member of the Association, thus offering many opportunities for international cooperation.
Artem Kretchman shares his impressions:
“The European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association is the most powerful student organization in the European Union representing more than 160,000 students and having representations in 38 countries, including ZSMU representation. Annually the General Assembly of the Association takes place in the pre-selected country. There the most important issues are solved and work plans are discussed for the next year. I was impressed by the high level of organization of the events as well as by educational, scientific and entertainment programs. All participants had the opportunity to attend daily workshops, trainings.
The main topic of the congress was “Pharmacoeconomics and availability of modern treatment”. During the workshops we listened to reports of major European experts who spoke about the main trends of pharmacy, new methods of drug technologies and treatment in general.
The General Assembly meeting was the сrucial point when the applications for membership in an Association were considered and ZSMU application was among them. After a successful presentation to the European audience and voting by secret ballot, I heard the final words: “We are glad to welcome Zaporizhzhia State Medical University as a new member of the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association”.
We have opened new opportunities for professional exchanges and long-standing international friendship.
It was a spectacular international night when representatives of each delegation presented traditional food, costumes, musical instruments of their countries. It was very similar to ZSMU international holidays. Foreign colleagues were impressed by Ukrainian handmade vyshyvankas.”