QA/RA Partnership with National University of Singapore

Spring 2014

Two QA/RA courses were delivered to students at the National University of Singapore during the spring 2014 semester, including Drug Development (taught by Professor Barry Berger) and High Purity Water Systems (taught by Professor Collentro). The High Purity Water course included students from Temple U Ft Washington (including those enrolled in the Pharmaceutics program) and other students from across the U.S.

In late March, senior administrators from the Department of Pharmacy at the National University of Singapore and Temple University School of Pharmacy met in Vienna to discuss the joint program, including future directions. The schools participated in DIA Vienna as well.

Photographs below depict:

1) CHUI Wai Keung (Chair of Department of Pharmacy, NUS) and Peter H. Doukas (Dean, Temple University School of Pharmacy) at the DIA Convention in Vienna.

2) (Left to Right): Peter Doukas, Wendy Lebing (Assistant Dean, QA/RA Graduate Program), CHAN Sui Yung (Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy), CHEN Yee Ju (Senior Manager. Department of Pharmacy), CHUI Wai Keung.

3) (Left to Right): Wendy Lebing, CHEN Yee Ju, CHAN Sui Yung.

 

 

Fall 2013

Students from the National University of Singapore participated in three QA/RA courses in Fall 2013: Food and Drug Law (taught by Professor Barry Berger), Good Manufacturing (taught by Dr. Karen Zimm) and Cleaning Validation (taught by Rich Forsyth).

This semester marked the fifth anniversary of the NUS/Temple U partnership. The original MOU between the two schools was renewed and extended.

Spring 2013

Testimonials and photographs of NUS students who have participated in Temple U QA/RA courses: click here. (Please be patient, this article takes about 30 seconds to load).

On April 26, 2012, a large delegation from the National University of Singapore visited Temple University, including Mr. WONG (Lawrence), Minister of State for Education and Defense (Singapore) and TAN Eng Chye, Provost of the National University of Singapore.

Participants from Temple included Hai-Lung Dai (then Senior Vice President for International Affairs and Dean of the College of Science and Technology), Moshe Porat (Dean of the Fox School of Business), Raj Chandran (Vice Dean for the Fox School of Business), Vicki McGarvey (Vice Provost for University College), Peter Jones (Senior Vice President for Undergrduate Studies), William Parshall (Director for Temple U Center City and Director of University College for TUCC and Continuing Education), and Brooke Walker (Assistant Vice President, International Affairs). (Link to Temple Times article.)

Dean Peter Doukas (School of Pharmacy) and Assistant Dean Wendy Lebing gave a presentation on the partnership/MOU that already existed between NUS and Temple U since 2008. As of April 2012, the QA/RA graduate program had already delivered 16 sections of eight different courses to NUS, enabling over 160 students at that prestigious University to deepen their knowledge of U.S. and global regulations and quality practices. She noted that nearly one dozen NUS students had completed 4-course certificates in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing/Drug Development as of April 2012.

This strong relationship between NUS and Temple continues in 2013. During this spring semester, Temple is delivering Drug Development via videoconferencing to NUS students. Professor Barry Berger, always popular with the NUS students, is teaching the course on Friday evenings.

Spring and Fall 2012

Two QA/RA courses were videoconferenced from Temple U Fort Washington to students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the spring and fall semesters of 2012.

In spring 2012, Barry Berger taught Drug Development, using a combination of live, videoconferenced lectures plus some pre-recorded transmissions (to accommodate different holidays in the U.S. and Singapore). In addition, Karen Zimm taught Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) entirely through Adobe Connect. Professor Berger's class met from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Fridays, while Professor Zimm's was transmitted between 9:15 pm to 11:30 pm the same evening. When the U.S. switched to Daylight Saving's time in early March, Professor Zimm was ending her classes close to 1:00 am.

During the fall 2012 semester, three courses were delivered to students at NUS via videoconferencing and Adobe Connect.

Barry Berger taught Food and Drug Law on Friday evenings (from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm). Thomas Schultz offered his course in Regulatory Sciences: Managing the Guidelines for Quality, from 6:15 am to 8:15 am, teaching for two hours on Thursdays before he started his work day.

Marcia Arentz also offered Global Medical Device Regulation to the NUS students for the first time on Monday evenings, starting her course at 7:00 pm (an hour later than usual) to enable them to participate from their country at 7:00 am on Tuesday mornings. This was the first time NUS students took a QA/RA course with a full roster of U.S. students in the class.

Marcia Arentz teaching a medical device course online.

Fall 2011

Two QA/RA courses were delivered to students at the National University of Singapore in fall 2011: Food and Drug Law I (taught by Barry Berger) and Computer Validation (taught by Teresa Preziosi). The first was videoconferenced on Friday evenings at 8:00 pm (received at 8:00 am Saturday morning in NUS). The other was sent via Adobe Connect (on-line learning in real time) from 10:15 pm to12:15 am. For the first time, a Fort Washington student joined a class, registering for Computer Validation. When classes were videoconferenced, the Fort Washington student attended the "live" sessions in Room 13 at the 425 Building.

Professor Barry Berger enjoyed an extended vacation to Asia this summer and spent several days in Singapore, where he visited the National University of Singapore and gave a lecture on current regulatory trends to former and future students. Over 150 people attended the event, which included a celebratory dinner.


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Food and Drug Law I (taught by Barry Berger)

Spring 2011

Temple's QA/RA program offered two classes to students at the National University of Singapore in spring 2011: Drug Development (taught by Michael McGraw), and Good Manufacturing Practices (taught by Karen Zimm). The first was videoconferenced on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm (received at 8:00 am Saturday morning in NUS). The other was sent via Adobe Connect (on-line learning in real time).

Photographed below are NUS graduates, who received the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology. As part of their course of study, they took courses in Temple's QA/RA graduate program during the past two years. Our warmest congratulations to our friends in Singapore!

In first photo, from left to right: Cheng Wei Chen; Feng Tingting; Yong Huisian; Ye Yuying; Tay Ling Hwee; Nur Atishah bte Mohammad Ali; Qiu Chuanxin

In second photo, from left to right: Cheng Wei Chen; Feng Tingting; Yong Huisian; Ye Yuying; Tay Ling Hwee; Chen Yee Ju; Nur Atishah bte Mohammad Ali; Qiu Chuanxin



Fall 2010

The QA/RA program delivered three classes to students at the National University of Singapore: Food and Drug Law I (taught by Barry Berger), Regulatory Sciences (taught by Thomas Schultz), and Cleaning Validation (taught by Rich Forsyth). Two classes were offered through videoconferencing and one via Adobe Connect (on-line learning in real time). Over 45 students in the NUS master's program in the pharmaceutical sciences or NUSAGE (National University of Singapore Academy of GXP Excellence) participated. Dave Brickett, Larry O'Reilly, and Yahui (Jessie) Chen at Temple University oversaw the videoconferencing from Temple, whether it was at 6:30 am on Thursdays or 8:00 pm on Friday evenings. The excellent administrative staff (Yee Ju Chen) and technical support at NUS assured a seamless delivery.

NUS facilitators for the classes included Thai Poh Yeng and Kelvin Tan plus two students, Sunil Gadekar and Shajee Valsan. We thank them for their good work and diligence in assuring that our classes were delivered so smoothly.


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Food and Drug Law I (taught by Barry Berger)

Food and Drug Law I (taught by Barry Berger) - Videoconferencing

 

November 2009
The QA/RA program successfully delivered three classes to the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the fall 2009 semester. Dr. David Lebo, Director of cGMP Services at the School of Pharmacy, taught Unit OperationsBarry Berger, JD, attorney for GlaxoSmithKline, offered Food and Drug Law I; and Dr. Nancy Smith, former Director of the Office of Training and Communications at CDER, taught Good Clinical Practices.Classes started in mid-August and ended in mid-November.

Videoconferencing bridged the two universities that are literally on opposite sides of the globe.Two of the QA/RA classes were broadcast from Temple University Fort Washington on Friday nights starting at 7:30 pm (to be simultaneously watched by NUS students on Saturday mornings in their time zone) while the other class met at Fort Washington at 7:30 am on Thursdays (to be simultaneously watched by NUS students on Thursday evenings in Singapore).

The photograph below shows NUS students and staff minutes before their final exam for Good Clinical Practices.
Singapore GCP Fall Class 2009
Front row: Left to right:
Ms Yee Ju Chen of NUS Department of Pharmacy,
Mr Yang Tong Foo,
Miss Lilian Chow (course facilitator for NUS),
and Ms Eillyne Setiawan (course facilitator for NUS for Food and Drug Law).

March 2010

As part of the 105th anniversary celebrations for the National University of Singapore, its Department of Pharmacy launched an international conference entitled, "Pharmacy in Asia," which examined educational programs throughout the ASEAN region. Assistant Dean Wendy Lebing gave a presentation entitled, "The Cognitive Opportunistic Multiplier," which was delivered through distance learning. The talk was recorded at the Temple University Fort Washington Campus, formatted by David Brickett, Manager of Media Services, and then played during the "Pharmacy in Asia" Conference. The talk is still posted as a link of the NUS Department of Pharmacy website.

Pre-recorded Lecture

March 2010, Prerecorded lecture