A solid network of drug professionals in Southeast Asia


This past 9 November, the 25 students of the 2016-2018 Master Mékong Pharma class were awarded their degrees.

The ceremony took place at the Ho Chi Minh City Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and was attended by the Fondation Pierre Fabre, university authorities and French Consul General Vincent Floréani.

Since 2012, with the help of four French and four Asian partner universities, Asia’s pharmacists have been able to pursue a French Master’s degree curriculum in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. This year, the pharmacist network has expanded with the arrival of 25 new graduates who can now work in a professional capacity to make their countries’ healthcare product supply chains safer.

The ambition of improving access to medicines by training a new generation of pharmacists has been effectively instilled in the students. In his graduation speech, Doan Nguyen Phuong Thao, representing all the students of his class, expressed this new responsibility in his own words: “Our vocation is not science for science’s sake or science for money’s sake. It’s entirely about using science and technology to help the people of our society, who are the very soul of our planet.”

The Master Mékong Pharma, created through a Fondation Pierre Fabre initiative, has made it possible to develop an international network of pharmacists, educators and experts. This network provides a solid foundation for long-term collaboration that can strengthen public health systems and health-related university education in Southeast Asia.

Key figures for the Master Mékong Pharma:

5 classes, 97 graduates:

  • 38 graduates of the Master’s 2 Clinical Pharmacology – degree from the Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier
  • 11 graduates of the Master’s 2 Pharmacokinetics – Aix-Marseille Université 
  • 37 graduates of the Master’s 2 Medicine Quality – Université Paris Descartes 
  • 11 graduates of the Master’s 2 Pharmaceutical Development of Nanomedicines – Université d’Angers

86 professors from 8 partner universities

Jobs held by graduates by business sector:

  • 36% Pharmaceutical industries
  • 34% University research (12% of graduates are pursuing their PhD)
  • 26% Healthcare facility/Public service
  • 4% NGO

For more details on this network, visit the 2018 Alumni Directory (French only)

Programme partners:

Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy
University of Health Sciences in Cambodia
University of Health Sciences in Lao P.D.R.
Hanoi University of Pharmacy
Aix-Marseille Université
Université Paris Descartes
Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier
Université d’Angers
Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
French Embassies in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam