Prac­ti­cal skills add to qual­ity

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - COURSE FOCUS -

STU­DENTS of In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity ( IMU)’ s BSc ( Hons) Nu­tri­tion had the op­por­tu­nity to trans­late their skills into prac­tice through ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing at a health screen­ing held in con­junc­tion with the launch­ing of the IMU SPARK Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at Plaza Salak Park on Sept 6 last year.

Stu­dents vol­un­teered to mea­sure and ex­plain the body com­po­si­tion of mem­bers of the pub­lic who joined the health screen­ing event.

In ad­di­tion, stu­dents com­mu­ni­cated and shared healthy shop­ping tips with the pub­lic through a shop­ping tour in the same event.

Fi­nal- year stu­dent Ng Yeng Yi says, “This health screen­ing ac­tiv­ity pro­vided me a great op­por­tu­nity to serve the com­mu­nity be­sides gain­ing hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence in do­ing a health screen­ing for the general pub­lic. This ac­tiv­ity has brushed up my skills in an­thro­po­met­ric mea­sure­ment and in com­mu­ni­cat­ing nu­tri­tional knowl­edge in speak­ing. I had a fruit­ful ex­pe­ri­ence from par­tic­i­pat­ing in this ac­tiv­ity and look for­ward to join­ing more IMU Cares ac­tiv­i­ties to sharpen my soft skills.”

Heidi Young, an­other fi­nal- year stu­dent, says, “As a stu­dent nu­tri­tion­ist, par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event made me re­alise my role in ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic and how much they re­ally need nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion based on their doubts and ques­tions asked dur­ing the event. It was a good plat­form to re­alise my short­com­ings that I can im­prove on when it comes to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the pub­lic as well as skills in health screen­ing.”

A sec­ond- year nu­tri­tion stu­dent Tan Yue Mun says, “I was very happy that I learnt a lot through this su­per­mar­ket tour in con­junc­tion with the SPARK Com­mu­nity Cen­tre launch­ing. I learnt how to read food la­bels and com­pare foods from the dif­fer­ent brands that are avail­able in su­per­mar­kets. The ex­pe­ri­ence helped im­prove my knowl­edge.”

At IMU, the nu­tri­tion cur­ricu­lum has been de­vel­oped to meet high in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and global needs. In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity ( IMU) is Malaysia’s first and most es­tab­lished pri­vate med­i­cal and health sciences univer­sity with more than 24 years of ded­i­cated fo­cus in health­care ed­u­ca­tion.

Es­tab­lished in 1992, IMU pi­o­neered the world’s first Part­ner Med­i­cal School pro­gramme and has since gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion with more than 30 world- class univer­sity part­ners in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the United King­dom, Canada, the US, Ire­land

This de­gree ex­poses stu­dents to prac­ti­cal in­dus­trial place­ments and re­search, giv­ing them valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and pre­par­ing them to be com­pe­tent nu­tri­tion­ists upon grad­u­a­tion.

This gives its grad­u­ates an added ad­van­tage as they will be well pre­pared to meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for nu­tri­tion­ists in gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­dus­tries, uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, mass me­dia and busi­nesses in­volved in food, nu­tri­tion, wellness, fit­ness and health.

The pro­gramme com­mences in Au­gust and Septem­ber. If you have an in­ter­est in science, an abil­ity to work in a team and want to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers via a ca­reer in nu­tri­tion, make an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion today to study nu­tri­tion in IMU and be­gin a ca­reer that chal­lenges you to ex­pand your skills and open new doors.

If you have just com­pleted your SPM and do not have pre- univer­sity 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. imu. edu. my or e- mail start@ imu. edu. my or call 03- 2731 7272. and China.

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

Com­mit­ted to its brand’s prom­ise of de­liv­er­ing the fu­ture of bet­ter health­care, IMU be­came a fully in­te­grated health­care in­sti­tu­tion of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health­care ser­vices in both med­i­cal and com­ple­men­tary al­ter­na­tive medicine, and re­search to serve and im­prove the qual­ity of lives.

IMU stu­dents gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence com­mu­ni­cat­ing nu­tri­tional knowl­edge and pro­vid­ing con­sul­ta­tion to visi­tors at the IMU SPARK Com­mu­nity Cen­tre launch.

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