Find so­lu­tions to your ev­ery­day life

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WITH all the prob­lems we are fac­ing in the world to­day, biotech­nol­ogy is one field that can sup­port so­ci­ety in search­ing for ad­vances in di­ag­nos­tics and treat­ment for dis­eases, im­prove­ment to agri­cul­ture prod­ucts and de­vel­op­ment of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Biotech­nol­ogy is tech­nol­ogy based on bi­ol­ogy and chem­istry. Bi­ol­ogy is the study of life and liv­ing or­gan­isms, which in­cludes the study of genes and cells. Chem­istry is the study of phys­i­cal science, com­po­si­tions, struc­tures and all mat­ters made up of atoms.

Help im­prove lives

There­fore, biotech­nol­ogy is the process that de­vel­ops prod­ucts that help im­prove the lives and the health of the earth.

In­fra­struc­ture Univer­sity Kuala Lumpur (IUKL) of­fers Diploma in Biotech­nol­ogy and Bach­e­lor of Biotech­nol­ogy (Hons) for those who have an in­ter­est in find­ing so­lu­tions to ev­ery­day life’s prob­lems.

Why should I take Diploma in Biotech­nol­ogy?

Biotech­nol­ogy is cur­rently a bloom­ing field in Malaysia. Com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions are in­vest­ing a huge amount of money and ef­fort in ad­vanc­ing Biotech­nol­ogy in Malaysia. This has cre­ated many job op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture biotech­nol­o­gists. Through biotech­nol­ogy, stu­dents can ven­ture into many dif­fer­ent fields of ex­per­tise such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, agri­cul­tural and food in­dus­tries.

This pro­gramme is de­signed to pro­duce spe­cialised hu­man re­source equipped with the skills and know-how on new bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses of com­mer­cial im­por­tance in a di­verse range of in­dus­tries such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, agri­cul­tural, in­dus­trial, foren­sic and health­care sec­tors.

Stu­dents will be ex­posed to prac­ti­cal knowl­edge of the foun­da­tion tech­nolo­gies for work­ing with DNA, pro­teins, cells and mol­e­cules. They will also gain knowl­edge and ex­po­sure of dif­fer­ent ar­eas of biotech­nol­ogy through ed­u­ca­tional vis­its, pro­fes­sional talks, ex­hi­bi­tions and in­dus­trial train­ing – stu­dents will go for seven weeks of in­dus­trial train­ing in the in­dus­try of their choice.

What should I ex­pect?

This field of study is as in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing as any other pro­gramme. We may not be fully aware but biotech­nol­ogy in the present has helped us live more com­fort­ably as we have a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment and it has also helped us in hav­ing a health­ier body and bet­ter food pro­duc­tion.

Sav­ing the hu­man race

What’s chal­leng­ing is that we live on food and we will keep pro­duc­ing food in the smaller ar­eas of land we have as com­pared to what we’ve had be­fore.

Sav­ing the hu­man race is the fu­ture of biotech­nol­ogy and you can ex­pect that what you will learn and do in the fu­ture will re­volve around biotech­nol­ogy.

What is the pro­gres­sion path­way af­ter com­plet­ing your Diploma?

Stu­dents can progress to the Bach­e­lor of Biotech­nol­ogy (Hons). This pro­gramme will ex­pose stu­dents deeper to the field of biotech­nol­ogy. Stu­dents will also be equipped with the lat­est biotech­nol­ogy knowl­edge to­gether with ex­ten­sive hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in the state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties in the fac­ulty.

Be­sides pro­gress­ing to your de­gree, diploma grad­u­ates can also join the work­force to gain ex­pe­ri­ence. Grad­u­ates of this pro­gramme can join var­i­ous Biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­tries as Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­o­gist, Sales Tech­ni­cal Sup­port, Qual­ity Con­trol Tech­nol­o­gist and such.

IUKL has re­ceived full ac­cred­i­ta­tion from MQA for this pro­gramme since 2013.

Last call for June in­take – IUKL has ex­cit­ing news for you. With the PTPTN loan, IUKL Schol­ar­ship and Tu­ition Fee Waiver, you could study and save at the same time. Find out how you can com­plete your diploma with­out fork­ing out a sin­gle cent from your pocket.

■ You can reach IUKL at 1800 88 STUDY (78839) or visit

Bet­ter yet, drop by and find out which op­tion of study is best for you.

Through biotech­nol­ogy, stu­dents can ven­ture into many dif­fer­ent fields of ex­per­tise such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, agri­cul­tural and food in­dus­tries.

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