Merck Expands ‘Best Students Awards’ Programme

Merck, a leading science and
technology company, has expanded its ‘Best Student Awards’
programme to include students from the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Central
University College.
For the past three years, the company selected three students
from the University of Ghana’s School of Pharmacy to
participate in a month-long internship at its headquarters in
Darmstadt, Germany.
The students receive practical training in pharmaceutical and
life sciences before specialising in their respective fields.
Dr Kai Beckmann, a member of the Executive Board of Merck,
speaking at a press conference in Accra, said “the programme
is one more example of Merck’s commitment to supporting
healthy families, healthy communities and healthy economies
in Ghana.”
He said with Africa as a key market for their company, they
were focused on raising awareness on health topics,
responding to unmet medical needs, and helping to shape
tomorrow’s great scientific minds on the African continent.
Dr Beckmann said the internship programme would further
establish a stronger partnership between the company and the
participating universities.
“We are looking forward to receiving the next generation of
scientists and researchers from Ghana,” he said.
Reverend Professor Charles Ansah, the Dean, Faculty of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, KNUST, said it has
become necessary to raise the calibre of professionals being
produced in the pharmaceutical industry.
He said the opportunity was welcomed and appealed to
management of Merck to extend the gesture to lecturers of

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