Health care ed­u­ca­tion

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THE three-year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry at In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity (IMU) was re­cently ac­cred­ited by the Royal So­ci­ety of Chem­istry (RSC), the world’s leading chem­istry com­mu­nity and pro­fes­sional body, ad­vanc­ing ex­cel­lence in the chemical sci­ences. The cer­tifi­cate was pre­sented to IMU on Feb 26.

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most es­tab­lished pri­vate med­i­cal and health care univer­sity with over 22 years of ded­i­cated fo­cus in health care ed­u­ca­tion.

It is the first univer­sity in Malaysia that of­fers con­ven­tional and com­ple­men­tary medicine, all un­der one roof.

Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Man­ager of RSC, Toby Underwood, said the so­ci­ety hopes ac­cred­i­ta­tion at all uni­ver­si­ties helps with de­vel­op­ment of cur­ric­ula and global stu­dent mo­bil­ity. As part of this ac­cred­i­ta­tion, the univer­sity has ar­ranged for all fi­nal year stu­dents in the course to be given free mem­ber­ship to the RSC.

Mem­ber­ship with this so­ci­ety will im­prove the vis­i­bil­ity and recog­ni­tion of grad­u­ates of the IMU phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry de­gree and en­hance their chances to ob­tain places for higher ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment glob­ally.

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion also gives IMU aca­demic staff free mem­ber­ship to RSC for a year.

They will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for in­ter­na­tional re­search funds, dis­counts in the reg­is­tra­tion fee for cer­tain in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and re­ceive ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion from RSC which can be used in teach­ing and learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

School of Phar­macy’s act­ing dean Prof Yeoh Peng Nam said the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the high teach­ing stan­dards that the univer­sity fol­lows.

“It will of­fer vast ben­e­fits to staff and stu­dents in the course,” he added.

The cer­tifi­cate pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed by a talk on mem­ber­ship ben­e­fits by Katie Dryden-Holt, Mem­ber­ship Re­cruit­ment Su­per­vi­sor from RSC.

IMU is the first univer­sity in Malaysia to pro­vide an un­der­grad­u­ate course in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry. The course is com­pleted in three years and is un­der­taken en­tirely at IMU.

Upon com­ple­tion of the de­gree, grad­u­ates can en­ter the work­force and be­gin their ca­reer as a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chemist.

Those whose aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions meet the cri­te­ria can con­tinue to pur­sue the Mas­ter of Phar­macy pro­gramme at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney or Curtin Univer­sity.

They are given cer­tain credit ex­emp­tions in the Mas­ter of Phar­macy pro­gramme.

The grad­u­ates from Mas­ter of Phar­macy de­grees from these uni­ver­si­ties can reg­is­ter to prac­tise as phar­ma­cists in Aus­tralia and Sin­ga­pore, but not in Malaysia at the mo­ment.

Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chemists with additional train­ing can con­trib­ute di­rectly to the dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment of new medicines.

They can work in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try in the ar­eas of re­search and de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion, qual­ity con­trol/qual­ity as­sur­ance, sales and mar­ket­ing.

They can also work as co­or­di­na­tors of clin­i­cal trial stud­ies in lo­cal and multi­na­tional drug com­pa­nies or in chemical in­dus­tries, govern­ment lab­o­ra­to­ries and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion unit.

The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry pro­gramme com­mences in July and Septem­ber.

If you are a stu­dent who has pre-univer­sity re­sults, with a pas­sion for chem­istry and a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est work­ing in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries, you can make an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion to­wards a re­ward­ing ca­reer in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry.

If you have just com­pleted the SPM and do not have pre­uni­ver­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion, con­sider en­rolling in the one-year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the univer­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

The next in­take is in May.

For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to www.imu.edu.my, e-mail start@imu.edu.my or call 032731 7272.

Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chemists with additional train­ing can con­trib­ute di­rectly to the dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment of new medicines.

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