News Details | 19-Mar-2010

NTU powers biomedical e-learning initiative with DPS Engineering

The world of learning for skilled workers and professionals in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry is opening up to a more engaging and interactive experience. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has teamed up with DPS Engineering (Singapore), a leading engineering consultancy, to jointly develop an innovative online learning platform for the industry and to convert the training programmes into the Chinese language. The interactive online learning programmes, developed by DPS Engineering, will be presented on an innovative technology platform developed by NTU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. 

The public-private partnership is set to transform the continuing education and training of biomedical and pharmaceutical professionals and skilled workers in Singapore and the Asian region.  The collaboration is also expected to further enhance Singapore’s reputation as a global centre of excellence in the biomedical sector.  By converting the training programmes into Chinese, Singapore-based biomedical manufacturing companies will stand to gain a stronger competitive advantage, enabling them to expand into the fast-growing healthcare markets in China and the rest of Asia.  It will also reinforce NTU’s position as a leader in online learning and effectively extend the University’s e-learning expertise in the region. 

NTU Provost Professor Bertil Andersson and DPS Engineering (Singapore) Deputy Chairman Mr Gerard Creaner signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at DPS Engineering yesterday afternoon in the presence of the Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD.

Professor Bertil Andersson, Provost of NTU says, “There is enormous potential for Europe to work with Asia. Asia is where a lot of things are happening.  In that spirit, this collaboration is very important. This MoU is the result of the University’s creative discussions with DPS Engineering. NTU and DPS Engineering are creating an online learning platform that has as a major target the pharmaceutical industry in China.  This is really timely and strategic.  I am also looking forward to expanding this collaboration into post-graduate education.”  

Mr Gerard Creaner, Deputy Chairman of DPS Engineering (Singapore), says, “Ireland and Singapore are two of the three global centres of excellence in the manufacture of biomedical products, and this MoU forms another of the many and growing number of cooperative links between Ireland and Singapore. This NTU-DPS partnership is also closely aligned to two key goals of the Singapore government’s recently published Economic Strategies Committee Report – namely, enhancing productivity through up-skilling and seizing business opportunities in Asia.”

The biomedical manufacturing industry cluster includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, nutritionals and medical-technology products. Singapore’s biomedical manufacturing output grew at a robust pace last year to reach S$21 billion and employed 13,000 people.

The partnership between NTU and DPS Engineering (Singapore) comes on the heels of a highly successful pilot programme to build the technical competencies of skilled workers and professionals in the biomedical manufacturing industry, with NTU as the technology partner, DPS as the training partner and biomedical manufacturing companies as the industry partners with joint support from Singapore’s government agencies. Under the MoU, DPS will also collaborate with NTU’s Centre for Advanced Media Technology-Fraunhofer to embed the programmes with technology innovations to enhance learning outcomes. 

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Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Publicity, Media & Account Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6790 6687

Goh Keng Wee
Business Development Manager
DPS Engineering (Singapore)
Tel: 6513 9506


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About DPS Engineering (Singapore)

DPS (Dedicated Pharmaceutical Specialists) established its Education & Training division in Singapore, targeted to Up-Skill those within the industry and also to Re-Skill those coming from other industries who want to work in Biomedical Manufacturing. DPS specialised training programmes were developed exclusively to meet the highly regulated and specialised needs of the industry. These programmes are academically accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and delivered by DPS’s experienced industry specialists in Singapore and Ireland and receive strong industry support from the multi-national companies whose employees have completed this training.

DPS programmes teach the applied science and engineering knowledge which underpins manufacturing and the scientific and analytical skills for a practical problem solving approach to the Compliance and Validation of the Biomedical Manufacturing facilities according to international regulations. DPS has successfully delivered these classroom-based courses using a conventional classroom setting and is currently developing an interactive online learning platform for flexible delivery. Discover the benefits of DPS 24-hour online classroom for Results that Matter and Training that Works from our industry experts for your organisation. More information is available at



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