Reap­ing div­i­dends

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IMU ( IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Med­i­cal Univer­sity) alum­nus Lam Jun Rong ( pic) started his de­gree stud­ies in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry at IMU in 2011 and grad­u­ated with his de­gree in 2014.

He is now work­ing as a chro­matog­ra­phy ser­vice en­gi­neer at Perk­inElmer Malaysia, a com­pany which spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing high- end sci­en­tific in­stru­ments such as In­duc­tive Cou­ple Plasma ( ICP) and Gas Chro­matog­ra­phy ( GC).

“I am cur­rently han­dling af­ter- sales ser­vice and main­te­nance of the sci­en­tific in­stru­ments, which in­volves tech­ni­cal and an­a­lyt­i­cal method­ol­ogy sup­port as well as pro­vid­ing re­li­able and com­mit­ted ser­vice for cus­tomers from the pri­vate and govern­ment sec­tors”, says Lam, who is the el­dest son of the fam­ily and has two sib­lings.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter his grad­u­a­tion, Lam con­tacted the com­pany where he had his pre­vi­ous in­dus­trial at­tach­ment for job place­ment while work­ing as a re­search as­sis­tant un­der Dr Thiru­mu­ru­gan Rathi­nasaba­p­a­thy for syn­the­sis and de­vel­op­ment of medic­i­nal prod­ucts.

Com­ment­ing on the IMU phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry pro­gramme, Lam says, “I am most grate­ful for the in­dus­trial at­tach­ment that was con­ducted while I was study­ing for my de­gree. I could ac­tu­ally see what needs to be done in a real work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“I am lucky to be placed at my cur­rent com­pany, Perk­inElmer, which ex­posed me to var­i­ous sci­en­tific equip­ment used in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries such as ICP and GC, and trained on sam­ples prepa­ra­tion and anal­y­sis.”

Lam says the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry pro­gramme was tightly fit­ted with en­rich­ing lec­tures and most im­por­tantly there were hands- on prac­ti­cal where lab­o­ra­tory ex­pe­ri­ence is se­cond to none.

“It is a fan­tas­tic course with great lec­tur­ers and friends who en­cour­age me to co­op­er­ate and com­mu­ni­cate pro­fes­sion­ally,” he says.

This phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry de­gree from IMU is ac­cred­ited by the Royal So­ci­ety of Chem­istry ( RSC), UK. The course is un­der­taken en­tirely at IMU and com­pleted in three years, or six semesters.

IMU is the first univer­sity in Malaysia to pro­vide an un­der­grad­u­ate course in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry. Upon com­ple­tion of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry de­gree, grad­u­ates can en­ter the work­force and be­gin their ca­reer as chemists in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and other chem­i­cal in­dus­tries.

Af­ter ob­tain­ing the IMU BSc ( Hons) Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry de­gree, those who meet the aca­demic cri­te­ria can also con­tinue to pur­sue the Mas­ter of Phar­macy pro­gramme at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney or Curtin Univer­sity in Aus­tralia.

They are given credit ex­emp­tions in the Mas­ter of Phar­macy pro­grammes.

The grad­u­ates of the Mas­ter of Phar­macy de­grees from th­ese univer­si­ties can reg­is­ter as prac­tis­ing phar­ma­cists in Aus­tralia and Sin­ga­pore, but not in Malaysia cur­rently.

If you are a stu­dent who has pre- univer­sity re­sults, a pas­sion for chem­istry and in­ter­est to work in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, make an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion to­day and pur­sue this in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry.

If you have just com­pleted your SPM and do not have pre- univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion, con­sider en­rolling in the one- year IMU Foun­da­tion in the Sci­ence ( FiS) pro­gramme, the di­rect route for en­try into any IMU lo­cal de­gree pro­gramme.

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most es­tab­lished pri­vate med­i­cal and health sci­ences univer­sity with over 24 years of ded­i­cated fo­cus in health­care education.

Es­tab­lished in 1992, it pi­o­neered the world’s first part­ner med­i­cal school pro­gramme and has since gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion with over 30 world- class univer­sity part­ners in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the United King­dom, Canada, the United States, Ire­land and China.

IMU’s main cam­pus is lo­cated in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, with branch clin­i­cal schools in Seremban, Kuala Pi­lah, Batu Pa­hat and Kluang.

For more in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to www. imu. edu. my, e- mail start@ imu. edu. my or call IMU at 03- 2731 7272.

With a team of ex­pe­ri­enced lec­tur­ers, each and ev­ery stu­dent’s field of study is well dis­cussed. The re­spec­tive lec­turer will pro­vide hands- on sup­port for stu­dents to se­lect suit­able univer­si­ties. Ex­am­i­na­tion ap­pli­ca­tion, ad­mis­sion, visa ap­pli­ca­tion and var­i­ous other pro­ce­dures are also sup­ported.

Upon com­par­ing with var­i­ous Ja­panese lan­guage in­sti­tu­tions lo­cated in Ja­pan, the fees in IBT are less than half the amount while the study hours are al­most dou­ble. Stu­dents are able to utilise more time to study in a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment with lower fees.

With the in­take com­ing up on April 11, IBT is invit­ing school- leavers and par­ents to join the Open Day. > Date: March 17 and 18 > Venue: In­sti­tut Ba­hasa Teikyo ( in­side the Ja­pan Club of KL)

> Time: 11am and 1pm ( English slot), noon and 2pm ( Man­darin slot)

> Pro­gramme: Pre­sen­ta­tion, Q& A, trial les­son, view­ing of on- go­ing classes, etc.

Walk- in en­quiries are avail­able from Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am to 6pm.

Reg­is­ter for the April in­take be­fore March 28 to en­joy RM500 early bird dis­count.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03- 2272 5311, e- mail en­quiry@ teiky­omy. com or visit www. teiky­omy. com.

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