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Science Manufacturers Pass Out The World Over

An international programme run by the University of Warwick to train some of the top people in science-based manufacturing has celebrated its first graduates.

The Manufacturing Professionalism Programme (MPP) was developed by AstraZeneca, Avecia and Syngenta, in partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Group at the university.

The global programme, with participants from countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, China and the Philippines, focuses on developing key people.

Those involved with the course say it has quickly demonstrated that it can deliver major direct and indirect business benefits, including significant cost savings.

Evaluation by the companies taking part showed that more than 70 per cent of line managers said the programme delivered immediate business benefits.

Longer term benefits were also noted, such as the programme helping to attract and retain top talent within manufacturing.

Barrie Thorpe, AstraZeneca, Executive Vice-president, said:

"This programme is an essential component in our aspiration to be a leader in the industry and to retain position as we grow the company."

The MPP was born as a partnership between WMG and Zeneca in 1997.

The University of Warwick was chosen because of its good record in producing tailor-made development programmes in industry.

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CWN / Education / University of Warwick / 5 Dec 00

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