TUCSON, Ariz. – Michael Katz, PharmD, has received the University of Arizona’s Excellence in International Education Award. Dr. Katz is an associate professor and director of international affairs for the UA College of Pharmacy.
Sponsored by the UA’s Center for English as a Second Language and the Division of International Affairs, the award recognizes individuals who have furthered the cause of international education in a significant way.
Faculty adviser to the UA chapter of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation, Dr. Katz has established a rotation program in which UA pharmacy students spend six weeks doing clinical practice in one of a number of foreign locations, including Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and England.
Dr. Katz, who has been involved in international education for 10 years, also has developed visiting scholar and student exchange programs and facilitated memoranda of agreement with universities in Japan, Thailand, Spain, Chile and Saudi Arabia. The latter agreement resulted in a multi-million-dollar contract to train clinical pharmacy faculty members from Saudi Arabia at the UA College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Katz has consulted and lectured extensively in Japan and other countries regarding pharmacy education and clinical pharmacy practice. He accepted the award at a Global Excellence Reception at the UA’s Student Union Memorial Center Nov. 16.