Kwesi YirenkyiThe Managing Director of Starwin Products Limited (SPL), Mr. Kwasi Yirenkyi, has called for collaboration between institutions of higher learning and industry in order to equip students with hands-on training.

?Practical training for students is very important. When universities partner industry, it is then that students will be able to see how things they learn theoretically are done on the field,? he said.

Mr. Yirenkyi was speaking to the B&FT after a get-together organised for 17 students from five universities, public and private, who had successfully completed a two-month internship with SPL.

The 17 students were drawn from the University of Ghana, Central University College, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the University of Cape Coast.

?It was an opportunity for the students to acquire practical training related to their respective field of study. It is one of the ways of helping to bridge the gap between industry and academia,? he said.

Marian Davids, a third-year pharmacy student of KNUST, expressed her profound appreciation for the opportunity to intern with the drug producer. ?I saw the things that we were taught in school at work here, and was able to broaden my knowledge in chemistry.?

?Starwin has a Research and Development (R&D) department, which has helped me realise that it?s an area I can branch into after school. Hitherto, I didn?t know what to do with my pharmacy degree after school,? Jonathan Laryea, a pharmacy student from Central University told the B&FT.

The General Manger of SPL, Mr. William Sakyiamah, said the company will continue to engage students as its way of supporting the efforts of universities to build the manpower base of the country.

?This is the third year running that we have offered internship opportunity to students, and we will continue to do this in the coming years,? he said.

By Dominick Andoh

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