10 August 2018

Industry-supported doctorates to be pursued at Polpharma

Starting in October, doctoral candidates employed at Polpharma will work on research projects in chemistry, pharmacy and biotechnology. Polpharma collaborates with several institutions, including the Medical University of Gdańsk and the University of Warsaw, to implement the program of industry-supported doctoral degrees, initiated by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

A bridge between science and business

“Industry-supported doctoral degrees” is a flagship program of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin. Its goal is to provide PhD students with opportunities to study in close cooperation with their employers or other businesses, for example, by using company equipment and resources. On the one hand, this would help doctoral students gain knowledge and new skills, and on the other hand, it would help the company solve research problems, which are important for its business. The program is intended to have a positive impact on cooperation between the scientific community, business and the public.

Polpharma’s active cooperation with Polish universities, aimed at educating highly qualified experts in the fields of chemistry and pharmacy, is a perfect match for the program of industry-supported doctoral degrees and the strategy of building bridges between science and business.

On the one hand, the research problems to be explored in the doctoral dissertations reflect the needs of the industrial partner, and on the other hand, offer opportunities to engage the unique qualifications of the scientists working in the fields of pharmacy and organic and analytical chemistry, also at the Medical University of Gdańsk and the University of Warsaw, said Magdalena Rzeszotalska, Director of Corporate Communications and CSR at Polpharma.

The topics to be tackled by doctoral students as part of their chemistry and pharmacy studies include the optimisation of the process of preparing formulations of selected products and the analysis of active substances.

More about the program

In July, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the call for the second edition of the “Industry-supported doctoral degrees” program. This year, 78 institutions received a positive recommendation, including: The Faculty of Pharmacy of the Medical University of Gdańsk and the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Warsaw, with which Polpharma has been cooperating for years.

Though the program is addressed to scientists starting their doctoral studies, applications must be filed by universities or research institutes. The main objective of the program is to write a dissertation that will improve the performance of the company. A doctoral candidate, working under two supervisors – scientific and industrial – is given the task of solving a technological problem facing the company. The student receives a salary from the company and a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The complete list of institutions that have received a positive evaluation in the competition, as well as detailed information about the program, can be found here.

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