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MALAYSIA IMU alum­nus Lam Jun Rong started his de­gree stud­ies in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry at IMU in 2011 and grad­u­ated in 2014.

He is cur­rently work­ing as a Chro­matog­ra­phy Ser­vice En­gi­neer at Perk­inElmer Malaysia, a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in pro­vid­ing high- end sci­en­tific in­stru­ment such as In­duc­tive Cou­ple Plasma ( ICP) and Gas Chro­matog­ra­phy ( GC).

“I am 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 to cus­tomers from the pri­vate and govern­ment sec­tors,” said Lam, who is the el­dest son of the fam­ily and has two sib­lings.

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 said, “I am most grate­ful for the in­dus­trial at­tach­ment that was con­ducted while study­ing for my de­gree where we can 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 equip­ments used in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries such as ICP and GC, and trained on sam­ples prepa­ra­tion and anal­y­sis.

“The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry pro­gramme was tightly fit­ted with en­rich­ing lec­tures and most im­por­tantly, there were hands- on prac­ti­cal ses­sions 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.”

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 ( six semesters).

The IMU is the first univer­sity in Malaysia that pro­vides 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.

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

If you are a stu­dent with pre- univer­sity re­sults, have a pas­sion for chem­istry and have an in­ter­est work­ing in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, make an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion to­day and pur­sue this in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry.

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

For de­tails, visit www. imu. edu. my, e- mail start@ imu. edu. my or call IMU at 03- 2731 7272.

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