Training of Tibetan medicine talents in a modernized way

The Tibetan Traditional Medical College, the only independently established higher education institute for traditional Tibetan medicine in the world, recently stated that in the 29 years since it was established, it has trained more than 6,300 personnel in Tibetan medicine.

It also said that training of personnel for Tibetan medicine is becoming more modernized and is adapting to the development of the Tibetan medicine industry.

Basang Tsering, head of admission office of the Tibetan Traditional Medical College, said that the college has revised its teaching plan in response to the needs of pharmaceutical enterprises and employers and the modern development trends in Tibetan medicine. Currently, in addition to courses in traditional Tibetan medicine, they have also established specializations related to the development of modern Tibetan medicine, such as the cultivation of Tibetan medicines and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), helping students become interdisciplinary talents.

Basang Tsering said that in recent years, around 350 people have graduated from the college each year.

"We are not worried about students' employment, as our graduates are over-demand. What is needed now are high-quality employees," he said.

Kelsang Norbu, general manager of the Ganlu Tibetan Medicine Co., Ltd., said that the Tibetan medicine personnel at his company are moving from the traditional to the modern era.

"The time of hand-pressing medicines has passed. It is difficult for manual production to pass the national drug quality certification. In addition, at a moment when automated production of Tibetan medicine is gradually becoming more popularized, we need talents mastering knowledge of Tibetan medicine and automated production."