The 13th iteration of the National Gathering of Pharmacy Students (NoGAPS) will be held in late September this year in Kota Damansara, Selangor.

Organized by the Malaysian Pharmacy Students’ Association (MyPSA), the NoGAPS event—held annually—aims to convene pharmacy students from all over Malaysia to provide them opportunities for mutual networking and the broadening of horizons, as well as to promote deeper collaboration between the MyPSA’s member universities. Participants include international students as well as Malaysians.

“This year, with the theme of ‘Nurturing Young Talents, Shaping the Future of The Pharmacy Profession’, the 13th MyPSA NoGAPS hopes to expose our participants to various opportunities that the profession has to offer, as well as the challenges.” said organizers. “It is also hoped that the event will serve as an ideal platform for our participants to communicate, to exchange knowledge and to polish up their skillsets.”

Planned as a 5-day event, NoGAPS 2018 is scheduled to commence from 28th September to 2nd October at SEGi University’s Kota Damansara campus. Featured activities include a series of educational workshops, a symposium on “Exploring Future Prospects of the Pharmacy Profession” and a community outreach programme.

The NoGAPS workshops and symposium will feature nationally renowned experts and thought leaders to share their experiences and insights on current developments in their respective fields. The workshops will cover various areas of practice including hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, industrial pharmacy and research and development.

“To make NoGAPS more engaging, the organising team has also prepared a wide range of fun and interactive, team-based activities and games so that our participants will not only be working with their minds but also with their bodies,” said the organizers. These activities include the annual ‘Pharmazing Race’, the MyPSA’s take on the popular competitive reality show.

Under the guidance of organising chairperson Yee Teck Fah from Lincoln University College, the organizers expect attendance of around 200 participants from 20 member universities of MyPSA. Fellow pharmacy students from universities throughout the Asia-Pacific Region are also warmly welcomed to participate, with the aim of broadening social circles and to promoting respect for cultural differences.

“The ultimate goal of our event is to nurture the talents of fellow pharmacy students to create a revolutionary batch of pharmacy graduates that will bring about positive changes to the profession,” said the organizers.

In the previous year, NoGAPS 2017 was organized at AIMST University with the theme “Pharmaceutical Care Without Boundaries”. The 5-day event included team building workshops, community outreach programs as well as a poster presentation.

Second-phase registration for NoGAPS 2018, which includes early-bird rebates, remains open until 31st August. For more information about the event, the organisers can be contacted at NoGAPS2018.mypsa@gmail.com or the NoGAPS 2018 page on Facebook.