Crucial hands-on experience

  • Education
  • Sunday, 08 Feb 2015

Taylor’s University deputy vice-vhancellor Dr Pradeep Nair (seated, third from left) and School of Pharmacy Dean, Prof Dr P T Thomas (seated, fourth from left) together with representatives from the six pharmaceutical partners at the signing of a memorandum of understanding to launch a Pharmaceutical Industry Student Adoption (PISA) programme.

DRIVEN by changing demographics, a more affluent population and an increasingly health-conscious society, Malaysia’s growing healthcare needs indicate the need for talent development to meet the industry’s rapid growth demands.

Keen to play an active role, Taylor’s University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with six pharmaceutical players to launch a Pharmaceutical Industry Student Adoption (PISA) programme, the first of its kind in the country.

Taylor’s University deputy vice-chancellor Dr Pradeep Nair said the partnership was timely.

“The university’s efforts to develop employable graduates, and the pharmaceutical industry’s need for talent to meet growth opportunities, creates an ideal platform for collaboration,” he said.

Dr Nair said the university was committed towards nurturing its students through a holistic approach and the PISA programme further enabled them to get the crucial hands-on experience with the best in the industry.

The MoU was signed by Taylor’s University and Abbott Laboratories (M) Sdn Bhd, Blackmores Malaysia, Johnson & Johnson Sdn Bhd, Novartis Corporation, Pfizer Malaysia and Roche (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

It will provide internship opportunities for the university students to explore areas beyond technical subjects related to pharmacy as well as enhance their communication, leadership, problem-solving and human resource management skills.

The MoU also encourages the pursuit and development of original and applied research and other projects of mutual interest.

These are in the areas of pharmaceutical sciences, undertaking of technical collaborations through guest lectures involving both the University and its partners.

The university will be conducting short courses and training programmes, and collaboration on projects that are in line with corporate social responsibility.

Dr Nair said Taylor’s University believed in providing the platform to allow its students to excel not just in their respective fields of study, but also beyond the classroom walls.

“More and more employers are increasingly recognising that students also need life skills and work skills that will make them competitive in the marketplace, and ease their transition from a book-smart student to a professional,” he said.

The PISA programme will see selected students from Taylor’s University School of Pharmacy being adopted by one of the six pharmaceutical partners to carry out activities throughout their course.

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