Growing up in a confectionary factory proved a great way to kick start Ghina El Badwi El Najjar’s passion for manufacturing processes. Studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy added fuel to the fire and in 2015, she travelled to Australia to undertake the Master of Good Manufacturing Practice (MGMP) at UTS. The course is the only one of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and UTS Pharmacy has partnered with SeerPharma, the industry’s leading provider of technical compliance and quality assurance knowledge, to deliver students a practice-based and research-led education.
My passion for manufacturing started from a young age as I got increasingly interested in our family-owned chocolate and ice cream factory in Lebanon. I was also interested in the medical field so decided to study Pharmacy for my Bachelor degree, then I completed my Diploma in Clinical Research. These roads stirred my interest in the best way to optimise the manufacturing process so when I heard about the Master of Good Manufacturing Practice, at the UTS Graduate School of Health, I thought, “Wow, this fits my interests perfectly!”
I came to the course with the belief that quality management and good practices are the backbone of any successful product, factory or business, so it was wonderful to learn about the principles to achieve this. My lecturers, Brad Roberts, Rick Ng, Jacqueline Berry, Kamal Dua and Kerry Turner, each had extensive experience in their fields and were so kind and patient explaining each principle, making sure we understood them. I was really impressed by their teaching strategies, and because the class size in this subject is small, you get personalised attention. I had plenty of opportunities to discuss the ideas and concepts directly with them.
When I heard about the Master of Good Manufacturing Practice, at the UTS Graduate School of Health, I thought, “Wow, this fits my interests and passion for pharmaceutical industry career perfectly! Ghina El Badwi El Najjar, alumna, UTS Master of Good Manufacturing Practice
One of my best experiences was undertaking an industrial placement with a huge sterilisation company in Australia. I did some research relating to their quality management system and it was so valuable to be able to apply the principles I’d learned in class in the real world.
As an international student, adapting to my new life in Australia was a little difficult at first. Everything was new and strange, and I felt so far away from my family and my world, but I soon acclimatised. UTS has many support services available, including academic help and social services to help you settle in. Sydney is also a wonderful place for international students in terms of facilities, services, transportation and all the things you need to study, live and communicate with people here.
I graduated in 2017 and as for my future plans, ideally, I’d like to work as a quality assurance manager. I got married here in Australia, so I’m planning to stay and do as much as I can to contribute to my new community, leave my mark in this field and be one of the best alumni to graduate from UTS!
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