Students in India on Turing Scheme
07 July 2022
Seven UEL students are taking part in a funded six-week trip in Chennai, India. At B.S Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute for Science and Technology , the students will spend six weeks studying two short non-credit bearing courses, "applications of nanotechnology in healthcare and agriculture" and "drug designing" while undertaking industry visits at biotech and pharmaceutical companies in Chennai. The courses include seminars, assignments, project-based learning, peer assisted learning, model making, industrial visits and poster presentations in mini symposium at the end of the placement.
The students applied to take part in April, and applications were received from students studying a variety of courses within the School of Health, Sport, and Bioscience. After a competitive selection process the final seven students were selected to take part.
One of the successful applicants, Wendy Gomez, a second year UEL student studying BSc Pharmacology, said, "Being part of this programme is an excellent opportunity that can provide me with the exposure to the bioscience industry, job experience, laboratory practice, networking, and new skills that I need as a professional. This opportunity is such a booster for my future career aspirations as I have planned to undertake a MRes in Bioscience. I am not even worried about the hot weather; this summer will bring lots of fun!"
Another student, Sabina Oftafi, in her final year of Pharmaceutical Science, added, "We are proud to represent UEL in India as part of the first ever funded industry placement programme."
Dean of the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Professor Jane Perry said, "I am delighted to see our students are enjoying their placements in India with the assistance of the Turing Scheme Funding. This is an excellent opportunity for them to develop personal, professional and cultural skills through academic sessions and industrial visits, helping them better prepared for future career while studying abroad."
The project has been fully funded by the Turing Scheme. It is a UK government programme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It supports Global Britain by providing an opportunity for UK organisations from the higher education sector to offer their students life-changing experiences to study or work abroad.
The Turing Scheme also supports students on similar projects to the India visit, as well as those participating on UEL's Exchange Programme.
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