A new facility has been set up on campus to provide students with hands-on experience of how things work in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector.
Launched on Friday, the Secondary Pharmaceutical Technology Centre set up by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) will train at least 400 students annually on the manufacture of medicinal products from start to finish. This includes being able to see how products are made into their final dosage form as tablets or lotions.
"The training ensures that our graduates are equipped with skill sets to meet the manpower needs of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector," said NYP principal and chief executive officer Chan Lee Mun at the ceremony.
Completed in September last year, the centre, which is the first-of-its-kind built within an institute of higher learning, will help polytechnic students from the School of Chemical and Life Sciences learn how to operate equipment which are of industry standards. Among others, it will also help them to apply what they have learnt about manufacturing processes in the classroom.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Hawazi Daipi was also present at the launch to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the school and global consumer healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline. Under this partnership, students will get to intern at the company as part of their school programme.