Home | Articles
Published on:February 2021
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2021; 55(1):63-69
Original Article | doi:10.5530/ijper.55.1.9

Students’ Perception and Expectation towards Pharmacy Education: A Qualitative Study of Pharmacy Students in a Developing Country

Authors and affiliation (s):

Yolanda Choi1, Jiangtao Wang2, Yuxi Zhu3, Wing-Fu Lai1,4,5,*

1School of Pharmaceutical Science, Shenzhen University, CHINA.

2Department of Culture, Southern Weekly, CHINA.

3School of Management, Shenzhen Polytechnic, CHINA.

4Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CHINA.

5School of Life and Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen, Shenzhen, CHINA.


Background: Pharmacy education is a vital element sustaining the supply of pharmacists to meet the needs in the social and health care sectors. Understanding the perception and expectation of pharmacy students towards their study is pivotal to the maintenance of public health services in a country. Objectives: This study uses China as a sample of developing countries and seeks implications for the future development of pharmacy education. Methods: A total of 20 undergraduate students majoring in pharmacy at a university in the Guangdong province participated in in-depth individual interviews. Content analysis was adopted. Results: Four main themes were identified: intention of pursuing pharmacy education, need satisfaction by pharmacy education, implementation of pharmacy education and passion for a pharmacy practice. Conclusion: The poor motivation of pharmacy students and the low social status of pharmacists are some of the factors that may need to be addressed so as to enhance pharmacy education in developing countries in which the orientation of pharmacy education as well as the social status of pharmacists are similar to that in China.

Key words: Pharmacy, Education, Student engagement, Expectation, Motivation.



Impact Factor

IJPER - An Official Publication of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India is pleased to announce continued growth in the 2019 Release of Journal Citation Reports (source: 2018 Web of Science Data).


Impact Factor® as reported in the 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019): 0.425

The Official Journal of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI)
(Registered under Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1860 No. 122 of 1966-1967, Lucknow)

Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (IJPER) [ISSN-0019-5464] is the official journal of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI) and is being published since 1967.


IJPER uses reference linking service using Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) by Crossref. Articles from the year 2013 are being assigned DOIs for its permanent URLs