A ver­sa­tile ca­reer in biotech

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

tHE ac­cep­tance of biotech­nol­ogy is in­creas­ing as coun­tries be­come con­vinced of its ben­e­fits to­wards agri­cul­tural, health care, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic lev­els.

One clear in­di­ca­tion that the world is ad­vanc­ing to­wards biotech­nol­ogy is the rate at which global in­ter­est has been in­creas­ing. A sig­nif­i­cant im­pact is the so­cial ben­e­fit achieved via al­le­vi­a­tion of poverty lead­ing to more af­ford­able food, health care and a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment.

Biotech­nol­ogy is ba­si­cally us­ing liv­ing or­gan­isms to im­prove its traits or to value add by ma­nip­u­lat­ing or mod­i­fy­ing its DNA. The prod­ucts of this liv­ing or­gan­ism is utilised to solve the prob­lem as­so­ci­ated with health care, agri­cul­tural or in­dus­trial ar­eas.

One of the chal­lenges in the study of biotech­nol­ogy is piec­ing to­gether com­plex in­for­ma­tion from dif­fer­ent sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines. Thus, it is an ex­haus­tive field that re­lies on con­tri­bu­tions from many ar­eas of science and com­pu­ta­tion, in­clud­ing dis­ci­plines such as phi­los­o­phy, ethics ( halal con­cept) and eco­nom­ics.

Ma­ni­pal In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity (MIU) has in­tro­duced a B.Sc (Hons) Biotech­nol­ogy pro­gramme to en­hance grad­u­ates’ ver­sa­til­ity for a ca­reer in the biotech­no­log­i­cal sec­tors.

This pro­gramme at MIU in­volves an in­tro­duc­tion to ba­sic sciences and its ex­ten­sion to three main ar­eas of biotech­nol­ogy, namely plant, an­i­mal and mi­cro­bial biotech­nol­ogy.

The unique­ness of this pro­gramme is that it en­cap­su­lates the mul­ti­tude of ap­pli­ca­tions in biotech­nol­ogy as it cov­ers agri­biotech­nol­ogy, food biotech­nol­ogy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal biotech­nol­ogy, marine biotech­nol­ogy, med­i­cal biotech­nol­ogy, in­dus­trial biotech­nol­ogy and en­vi­ron­men­tal biotech­nol­ogy.

To pro­tect one’s in­ven­tions, they also ad­dress In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights, patents as well as as­pects of eth­i­cal, reg­u­la­tory sys­tem (le­gal) and so­cial im­pli­ca­tions of biotech­nol­ogy. This pro­gramme is also de­signed to in­cul­cate en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment in biotech­nol­ogy.

A grad­u­ate with a Biotech­nol­ogy qual­i­fi­ca­tion will be ver­sa­tile in re­search and de­vel­op­ment in pub­lic and pri­vate re­search institutes as re­search of­fi­cers un­der the su­per­vi­sion of es­tab­lished and ex­pe­ri­enced sci­en­tist.

They can also choose to take up po­si­tions as grad­u­ate as­sis­tants at uni­ver­si­ties to pur­sue their post­grad­u­ate stud­ies.

In the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, they can be em­ployed as grad­u­ate teach­ers for sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Biotech com­pa­nies en­gaged in man­u­fac­tur­ing re­quire grad­u­ates in biotech­nol­ogy as man­u­fac­tur­ing as­so­ciates in a su­per­vi­sory and man­age­ment level.

They have the op­por­tu­nity to be­come biotech prod­uct spe­cial­ists in mar­ket­ing and sell­ing a va­ri­ety of biotech­no­log­i­cal prod­ucts rang­ing from biotech in­stru­ments to reagents re­lated to ge­nomics or pro­teomics. They can also be en­gaged in the field of bioin­for­mat­ics and con­trib­ute to­wards draft­ing biotech patent ap­pli­ca­tions un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a patent lawyer.

If we fo­cus our at­ten­tion on bio­di­ver­sity, we could har­ness the power of biotech­nol­ogy to fur­ther en­hance bio­di­ver­sity.

Such ap­pli­ca­tions would al­low changes and im­prove­ments in liv­ing or­gan­isms to pro­vide de­sir­able prod­ucts for mankind.

MIU is a full­fledged Malaysian univer­sity. The rich tra­di­tion of ed­u­ca­tion ex­cel­lence, the in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary in­tel­lec­tual en­vi­ron­ment, the per­sonal at­ten­tion to stu­dents at all lev­els and the con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment will con­trib­ute to an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents.

MIU of­fers Foun­da­tion, Un­der­grad­u­ate and Post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in Science and En­gi­neer­ing, and Man­age­ment and Busi­ness. For de­tails, log on to ww.miu.edu.my or call the toll­free num­ber 1800 222 648.

MIU labs are equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment for ef­fec­tive and prac­ti­cal learn­ing. Top: MIU of­fers an In­ter­na­tional fac­ulty with in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, mul­ti­cul­tural stu­dent en­gage­ments, holis­tic ped­a­gogy, all within a con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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