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20 years of pharmaceutical technology

The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences was the first to offer a pharmaceutical technology course back in 1987/1988. Over the last twenty years, the course has become a great success and the graduates are sought after in both the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The career prospects are excellent and the versatile course is very popular among the students.

Nevertheless, the road to success had to overcome several obstacles. In 1985/86, the faculty of household and nutrition technology planned to broaden the range of courses available at Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences. Several suggestions were put forward with the aim of catering for the requirements of the economy - and strengthen the location. Prof. Dr. Lutz Ringwelski suggested establishing a course for pharmaceutical engineers and it was this idea that was accepted by the majority of the faculty.
The courses at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences are very practical and the content of the course is of current interest and very versatile. (Photo: Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences)
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education, Research and the Arts was initially sceptical towards the University’s application to establish a pharmaceutical technology course. At that time, there was no other German university of applied sciences that offered such a course. Ringwelski, who used to work in drug discovery research prior to becoming professor at Sigmaringen University, still had important contacts with the pharmaceutical industry. Fortunately, Ringwelski was able to call on their support to enhance the case for the establishment of such a course.

Representatives of the companies Byk-Gulden (today Altana), Gödecke (today Pfizer), Thomae (today Boehringer Ingelheim) and ratiopharm were invited to come to Stuttgart and provide the Ministry with an objective picture of the career prospects graduates of the planned pharmaceutical technology course would have. The arguments put forward by the industry representatives were so convincing that the Ministry agreed to the establishment of the new course, which then started in the winter semester of 1987/1988.
Another important milestone was the introduction of international bachelor and master’s degrees in the winter semester of 2005/2006. The study contents were discussed by the faculty and subsequently modernized. It was agreed to continue with the proven and tested “industrial engineering” courses, establish “bio-engineering” courses and introduce quality management issues in the two aforementioned programmes. All this went hand in hand with the development of the pharmaceutical industry over the last ten years. With the two successful biomedical engineering master’s courses and the facility design and management course, which will start in 2009, the life science faculty offers the bachelor students very interesting opportunities for further scientific education. In 2007, the courses were accredited by AQAS, thereby affirming the quality of the courses.
The first pharmaceutical technology graduates received their engineering degree in 1991. (Photo: Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences)
The first pharmaceutical technology graduates received their engineering degree in 1991. (Photo: Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences)
2007 is also the year in which the foundation stone for the next 20 successful years was laid, i.e. the foundation stone for the new life science building which will, in future, house the well-equipped pharmaceutical centre as well as modern biomedical laboratories and lecture rooms.

Source: Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences - 20.12.2007
Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/article/press-release/20-years-of-pharmaceutical-technology