In­au­gu­ral en­rol­ment for IMU a suc­cess

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tHE In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity (IMU) wel­comed its pi­o­neer batch of Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence (FiS) stu­dents on Jan 6. This is the first pre-univer­sity pro­gramme of­fered at the univer­sity.

More than 50 stu­dents, mostly school-leavers, en­rolled in this foun­da­tion pro­gramme.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral in­take, FiS head Sharon Chan Min Hui said, “The day saw the stu­dents re­ceiv­ing their lab coats, pic­tures taken for stu­dent ID and par­ents hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to min­gle and in­ter­act with the fac­ulty per­son­nel over re­fresh­ment.

“Stu­dents were also given a learn­ing-style workshop, to help them dis­cover their learn­ing styles to max­imise their year­long learn­ing here.”

Plan­ning FiS Pro­gramme leader and IMU Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion (ICE) as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Dr Chia Chee Fen ex­plained, “The plan­ning of the FiS pro­gramme started in early 2013, af­ter the fea­si­bil­ity of the pro­gramme was eval­u­ated in late 2012.

“Tan Sri Abu Bakar, Pres­i­dent of IMU, wanted to en­sure that be­sides study­ing, stu­dents also gained insight into a ca­reer in health pro­fes­sions and most im­por­tantly ev­ery stu­dent will em­brace the IMU val­ues.”

The IMU FiS pro­gramme is the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into the univer­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

The Foun­da­tion is a one-year Sci­ence pro­gramme con­ducted in three semesters and of­fered at the univer­sity’s Bukit Jalil main cam­pus.

Newly reg­is­tered Yaaliny Kr­ish­na­murthi said, “I had lots of fun on the first day. There were lots of friendly peo­ple and the lec­tur­ers were so pro­fes­sional. I en­joy ev­ery mo­ment in IMU and it is a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I look for­ward to more in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing mo­ments here.”

FiS stu­dent Elaine Tan in­tends to pur­sue her stud­ies in psy­chol­ogy.

She said, “When I first came to study in IMU, I was so happy and ex­cited as I be­lieved that the univer­sity pro­vides me a con­ducive, com­fort­able and suit­able study en­vi­ron­ment, which is key to my suc­cess. I love this univer­sity and its peo­ple.”

One of the key fea­tures of the IMU FiS is the early in­te­gra­tion into the univer­sity com­mu­nity and ex­po­sure to IMU’s learn­ing method­olo­gies in a stim­u­lat­ing and con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Learn­ing is fully in­ter­con­nected aca­dem­i­cally, so­cially and cul­tur­ally.

IMU’s Learn­ing Model is grounded on its core val­ues, which fos­ter stu­dents’ de­vel­op­ment into knowl­edge­able and com­pe­tent health care pro­fes­sion­als who are crit­i­cal thinkers, re­flec­tive and yet proac­tive.

More than 50 stu­dents, mostly school-leavers, en­rolled in the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence pro­gramme at the In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity.

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