From one bustling city to another – Renzo’s Journey
We spoke to Renzo, a current GMP student all the way from Peru, about his experience studying a Master of Good Manufacturing Practice.
All the way from the capital of Peru, Renzo Vargas has come to the Graduate School of Health to study a Master of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) at UTS. With previous experience as a quality assurance assistant, Renzo is dedicated to the principles and procedures of GMP. We spoke to him to learn more about his journey.
Why did you choose to study at UTS and do a Masters of Good Manufacturing Practice?
After finishing my tertiary education at the National University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru) and graduating as a pharmacist, I worked in two well-known pharmaceutical companies. One of them manufactures generic drugs and the other surgical sutures – both with high-quality standards and proven compliance of current good manufacturing practices.
This experience influenced me to pursue postgraduate studies in the future, however it was really during my last job, as a quality assurance assistant within manufacturing medical devices that I decided to pursue postgraduate studies overseas that would extensively cover the topics of GMP. I found the Master of GMP course at UTS and knew this was the right program for me. The subjects in the course perfectly covered the topics I wanted to learn, plus the teaching staff are highly qualified with extensive experience in the field. I also chose to study at UTS due to their high reputation both locally and worldwide.
The subjects in the course perfectly covered the topics I wanted to learn, plus the teaching staff are highly qualified with extensive experience in the field.
Tell us about your scholarship
I applied for the annual competition for postgraduate scholarships by the Ministry of Education, conducted by the Peruvian National Program for Scholarships and Educational Loans (PRONABEC). I was very fortunate to be awarded with such a unique opportunity to develop my knowledge, gain expertise and network with other pharmaceutical professionals.
The purpose of this scholarship is to strengthen the development of Peruvian human capital, through the studies of a master's degree or doctorate program abroad and enhance the scope and quality of education, scientific and technological research, as well as innovation.
How are you enjoying Sydney?
Sydney is a city that offers a lot of entertainment. Particularly, I am a person who likes to play different sports such as volleyball, swimming and running and this city offers many places to practice, such as beaches, parks, and clubs. It is also interesting to meet people from different parts of the world that will become friends for the rest of my life. All these things make my experience in Sydney much more enjoyable and memorable.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In five years I see myself working in a pharmaceutical company within an area of GMP, and working towards achieving my certification as a Quality System Auditor (a certification given by the American Society for Quality) which is my primary aim in the next years. Furthermore, I see myself in the coming years as a consultant in GMP areas and quality system management, both in my home country and around the world.
What advice do you have for students considering studying a Master of GMP?
I invite local and international students who have an interest of learning more about GMP to opt for this course. They will learn about the key foundations that support good manufacturing practices and principles, of which are applied in medicine, medical devices and food industries daily.
Find out more about the at UTS. You can now study a Graduate Certificate in Good Manufacturing Practice online via distance learning.