Not a mere de­gree mill

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Quest In­ter­na­tional univer­sity Perak (QIuP) was con­cep­tu­alised for the de­vel­op­ment of bright stu­dents. Its goal is to pro­duce qual­ity grad­u­ates who find their in­tel­lec­tual cu­rios­ity met and their am­bi­tions reached through ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion.

It seeks to de­velop grad­u­ates with a strong con­science, who re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment and are in­volved in so­ci­eties.

QIuP grooms grad­u­ates who are hun­gry for knowl­edge and pas­sion­ate in chas­ing dreams long af­ter they have left the com­fort of their cam­pus.

QIuP vice-chan­cel­lor Datuk Prof Dr Hashim Yaa­cob says QIuP’s Foun­da­tion pro­grammes are a great way for stu­dents to de­velop prac­ti­cal and aca­demic skills af­ter the sPM to help them em­bark on their jour­ney to­wards higher ed­u­ca­tion.

“the Foun­da­tion in Busi­ness and Foun­da­tion in sci­ence pro­gramme has a prac­ti­cal fo­cus with a range of hands-on-ex­pe­ri­ence where stu­dents will gain the con­fi­dence, skills and knowl­edge to help them par­tic­i­pate ef­fec­tively in ter­tiary study. they will also ex­plore a se­lec­tion of QIuP pro­grammes to help them plan their fu­ture stud­ies in Diploma or De­gree pro­grammes,” says Prof Hashim.

Ac­cord­ing to chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Ni­cholas Goh, the univer­sity seeks to pro­duce grad­u­ates who ex­cel in their re­spec­tive area of study.

“We do not want to be another de­gree mill. We want our un­der­grad­u­ates to not only ex­cel in their stud­ies but also be ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous con­fer­ences and ed­u­ca­tional com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing their stud­ies here.

“We were very proud when one of our first year med­i­cal un­der­grad­u­ate was se­lected to present a pa­per at the 3rd In­ter­na­tional Pub­lic Health Con­fer­ence and 20th Na­tional Pub­lic Health Col­lo­quium which took place in Kuch­ing, sarawak.

“this pa­per, which was a project by all the first year med­i­cal un­der­grad­u­ates and ti­tled “Preva­lence of hy­per­ten­sion and its risks fac­tors in an Orang Asli com­mu­nity in Perak, Malaysia” was the only pa­per cho­sen pre­pared by un­der­grad­u­ates among the thou­sands of pa­pers sub­mit­ted for se­lec­tion.

to add to that, four un­der­grad­u­ates of the Bach­e­lor of Com­puter sci­ence pro­gramme par­tic­i­pated in the IBM Mo­bilithon 2013 com­pe­ti­tion re­cently and were crowned as cham­pi­ons at this na­tional level com­pe­ti­tion,” says Goh.

to pro­duce out­stand­ing stu­dents, out­stand­ing lec­tur­ers are a must. In this re­spect, QIuP has at­tracted the best in­tel­lec­tual minds. the aca­demic panel at QIuP is noth­ing short of im­pres­sive.

Prof Hashim is an ac­com­plished teacher, re­searcher and aca­demic ad­min­is­tra­tor who had been ap­pointed to the chair pro­fes­sor at univer­sity of Malaya for 21 years. He was dean of the Fac­ulty of Den­tistry, and later be­came the deputy vice-chan­cel­lor of stu­dent af­fairs, and fi­nally rose to the po­si­tion of vicechan­cel­lor.

Fol­low­ing re­tire­ment from univer­siti Malaya in 2008, he went on to be­come the vice-chan­cel­lor/chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of a few rep­utable pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties be­fore tak­ing up the vice-chan­cel­lor­ship of QIuP.

Fac­ulty of Medicine dean Prof Dr Alam sher Ma­lik is a fre­quent speaker, or­gan­iser and fa­cil­i­ta­tor for con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars in lo­cal and over­seas uni­ver­si­ties. He feels strongly about the na­ture and stan­dard of cur­ricu­lum and its de­liv­ery and of­ten lec­tures on new method­olo­gies and is­sues per­tain­ing to it.

Prof Dr He­len Nair, Re­search Fac­ulty of In­te­gra­tive sciences & tech­nol­ogy re­search pro­fes­sor and dean and ac­claimed biotech­nol­o­gist, is known for her re­search and pi­o­neer­ing ef­forts in plant biotech­nol­ogy and con­sults for var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Fac­ulty of Busi­ness, Man­age­ment & so­cial sciences pro­fes­sor and dean Prof Dr Ilias Ma­mat is a dis­tin­guished aca­demi­cian in the ar­eas of Man­age­ment sci­ence, De­ci­sion sci­ence, Op­er­a­tions Re­search, Ap­plied sta­tis­tics, Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning, In­vest­ment/ Port­fo­lio Man­age­ment and Quan­ti­ta­tive Ap­pli­ca­tions in Fi­nance.

Prof Ilias is the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of PNB In­vest­ment In­sti­tute sdn Bhd and vice-pres­i­dent of PNB. He is also cur­rently the pres­i­dent of the Man­age­ment sci­ence/ Op­er­a­tions Re­search so­ci­ety of Malaysia and pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Asian Pa­cific Op­er­a­tional Re­search so­ci­eties (APORs).

through­out their time at QIuP, stu­dents will be ex­posed to im­pact­ful re­search work and work ethics from a bril­liant and pas­sion­ate panel of staff.

there are cur­rently four fac­ul­ties at QIuP – Cen­tre for Foun­da­tion stud­ies, Fac­ulty of Medicine, Fac­ulty of In­te­gra­tive sciences & tech­nol­ogy and Fac­ulty of Busi­ness Man­age­ment & so­cial sciences.

QIuP’s in­terim cam­pus is strate­gi­cally lo­cated in Ipoh, away from the dis­trac­tions of city life and aptly pro­vid­ing a lower cost of liv­ing.

the univer­sity is open for reg­is­tra­tion into the Foun­da­tion pro­grammes for its Jan­uary 2014 in­take. For de­tails, call 1800 88 QIuP (7847), e-mail en­ or log on to

QIUP stu­dents will be ex­posed to im­pact­ful re­search work and work ethics led by a bril­liant and pas­sion­ate panel of lec­tur­ers.

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