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36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA.
AbbVie, a global research-driven biopharmaceutical company, has concluded its pharma training program with a graduation ceremony in Riyadh to inspire future Saudi pharmacists.
The program returned this year to train 36 female and male students from various universities across Saudi Arabia.
The five-week program comprised a series of intensive, hands-on courses to develop a range of knowledge and skills needed for successful careers as pharmacists.
Students participated in the ceremony also attended by their parents and delegates from the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), King Saud University and Princess Nourah University at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Riyadh.
Since the program’s inception in 2015, it has trained 87 pharmacy students and graduates. In fact, a number of graduates from this year’s training have already accepted full-time positions with AbbVie.
Sari Hindi, one of the students who attended the Jeddah sessions, said: “This practical training experience was invaluable as it helped me to solidify the knowledge I had learned in the classroom and showed me, as a pharmacist, what my career potentials would be like. I’ve always been passionate about pharmacy but this experience has fueled my passion even more and helped me start my career with a global biopharmaceutical company after graduating from King Abdulaziz University. I am very excited about my new job at AbbVie to help make a remarkable impact on the lives of patients in Saudi Arabia.”
Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA, who addressed the graduates, said: “Learning and development in the health care sector is key in equipping young and bright Saudi talent with the tools they need to face the ever-changing dynamics of health care in Saudi Arabia. The cohort of pharmacists graduating at this event are an example of the many rising stars in Saudi pharmacy who will pave the way in helping the government achieve its Vision 2030.”
Aws Alshamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, said: “It is rewarding to see our students’ passion and flair for pharmacy being celebrated at the event today. It is our role, as a university, to prepare students with the academic and science backgrounds necessary to become pharmacists. Thanks to AbbVie, our students experienced first-hand what to expect from a career in the pharmaceutical sector as well as learned about the various career paths that await them. ”

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