A strong foundation for success
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.