Pas­sion for re­search

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - POST GRADUATE -

FOR As­soc Prof Dr Bimo Ario Tejo, new dean of UCSI Univer­sity ( UCSI)’ s Fac­ulty of Ap­plied Sci­ences, it was in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry lab­o­ra­tory of the Univer­sity of Kansas, United States, that he dis­cov­ered his re­search in­ter­est.

“Back then, I re­mem­ber not hav­ing a spe­cific re­search field in mind and go­ing abroad was just an ex­cuse for me to travel and see the world,” he says.

But by step­ping out of his com­fort zone and choos­ing a re­search field com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the one he was pre­vi­ously ma­jor­ing in, As­soc Prof Bimo found a dis­ci­pline he could ded­i­cate his aca­demic life to.

It is a tes­ta­ment to his re­search in­ter­est and ded­i­ca­tion that he has al­ready con­trib­uted to more than 50 pub­li­ca­tions over the course of his ca­reer.

Hav­ing had his hand in the re­search field of biotech­nol­ogy, pep­tide and pro­tein chem­istry as well as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry for more than 15 years, As­soc Prof Bimo is very much the right per­son to spear­head the fac­ulty’s re­search en­deav­ours as UCSI gears to­wards be­ing the hub of post­grad­u­ate stud­ies for re­search.

UCSI’s wide va­ri­ety of post­grad­u­ate de­grees, which range from re­search- based pro­grammes to course­work- based ones and in­clude full- time and part- time modes, ac­com­mo­dates both fresh grad­u­ates and work­ing adults.

The pro­grammes of­fered at UCSI’s Fac­ulty of Ap­plied Sci­ences are MSc Food Sci­ence with Busi­ness Man­age­ment, MSc Biotech­nol­ogy, MSc Biotech­nol­ogy with Busi­ness Man­age­ment, MSc in Ap­plied Sci­ences by Re­search and Doc­tor­ate of Phi­los­o­phy ( Sci­ence).

An­other pro­gramme, MSc in Nutri­tion with Man­age­ment, is in the pipe­line and will be launched next.

To en­sure that its post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes are ac­ces­si­ble to the best and bright­est, the univer­sity has al­lo­cated funds un­der the UCSI Univer­sity Trust Grad­u­ate Fel­low­ship.

Great lengths have been taken to en­sure that the teach­ing and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment suits lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents alike.

Joko Lo­gis, UCSI’s MSc Ap­plied Sci­ences by Re­search stu­dent whose pas­sion lies in dis­cov­er­ing a so­lu­tion to re­duce dye pol­lu­tants in the en­vi­ron­ment, can­not agree more.

Pre­vi­ously a BSc ( Hons) Biotech­nol­ogy stu­dent at the univer­sity, the In­done­sian stu­dent de­cided to fur­ther his education at UCSI due to his pas­sion for re­search and the cul­ture in the lab­o­ra­tory.

“I can­not think of a rea­son not to con­tinue my post­grad­u­ate stud­ies here; I am sur­rounded by su­per­vi­sors who are help­ful and lab­o­ra­to­ries equipped with cut­ting- edge equip­ment. Of course, hav­ing friends here also helps tip the scale,” he says.

UCSI’s em­pha­sis on re­search saw more than 30 pub­li­ca­tions pub­lished in 2015 by its lec­tur­ers.

With more than 50% of the lec­tur­ers in the Fac­ulty of Ap­plied Sci­ences hav­ing PhD qual­i­fi­ca­tions – the high­est among pri­vate univer­si­ties – post­grad­u­ate can­di­dates can rest as­sured that they will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­duct mean­ing­ful re­search with award- win­ning aca­demi­cians who are re­spected re­searchers in their own right.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Of­fice of Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies at 03- 9102 4739 or visit www. uc­si­u­ni­ver­sity. edu. my.

Bi­nary Univer­sity’s city cam­pus of­fers a green en­vi­ron­ment with in- house ac­com­mo­da­tion as well as food and bev­er­age fa­cil­i­ties.

Joko Lo­gis.

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