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NYP sets up new pharmaceutical facility to help students gain hands-on experience

Nanyang Polytechnic principal & CEO Chan Lee Mun (left) presents Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Hawazi Daipi with a token of appreciation. -- PHOTO: NANYANG POLYTECHNIC
Nanyang Polytechnic principal & CEO Chan Lee Mun (left) presents Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Hawazi Daipi with a token of appreciation. -- PHOTO: NANYANG POLYTECHNIC
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Hawazi Daipi (extreme left) pouring granules into a tablet press to make tablets. With him are (from left) Mr Chan Lee Mun, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) principal & CEO; Mr Lim Hock
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Hawazi Daipi (extreme left) pouring granules into a tablet press to make tablets. With him are (from left) Mr Chan Lee Mun, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) principal & CEO; Mr Lim Hock Heng, GSK vice-president & managing director; Dr Gaetan Angoh, NYP Chemical Technology Advisory Committee chairmain; and Mr Wong Poh Seng, NYP School of Chemical & Life Sciences assistant director (chemical). -- PHOTO: NANYANG POLYTECHNIC

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.