In­dus­try-rel­e­vant stud­ies for bet­ter prospects

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COM­PLET­ING a mas­ter’s de­gree can be an enduring life achieve­ment. With one in your port­fo­lio, a world of op­por­tu­ni­ties is open to you.

In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity (IMU) of­fers post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes whose classes are con­ducted on week­ends, let­ting work­ing adults gain skills to ad­vance their ca­reers with­out com­pro­mis­ing their ex­ist­ing pro­fes­sion.

Post­grad­u­ate study is rarely easy, but stu­dents may find that taught pro­grammes are more man­age­able due to the struc­tured cur­ric­ula com­pared to re­search-based ones.

Jeyashan­thini Nalaiya, as­sis­tant man­ager in Chem­i­cal Com­pany of Malaysia Ber­had’s for­mu­la­tion divi­sion, earned her MSc in An­a­lyt­i­cal and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry (MAPC) with dis­tinc­tion from IMU.

Thanks to the hard work she put into study­ing, she de­vel­oped trans­fer­able skills that proved to be ad­van­ta­geous in ad­vanc­ing her ca­reer.

Muna A. Oth­man Salem, who teaches at Omar Al-Mukhtar Uni­ver­sity in Libya, says, “I am thank­ful to the IMU fac­ulty for its guid­ance and giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a wider range of skills.”

The pro­gramme also at­tracted Libyan stu­dents Dafer Mo­hamed Al­haj, Osama Ho Al­ma­j­douband and Yousef Ab­bul­samie Awee. They de­vel­oped skills rel­e­vant to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry field and suc­cess­fully com­pleted their mas­ter’s de­gree with en­cour­age­ment from the fac­ulty.

IMU’s com­puter-as­sisted learn­ing ses­sions in­volve hands-on train­ing us­ing chem­i­cal sim­u­la­tion soft­ware Schrödinger, which is used in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, biotech­nol­ogy and ma­te­ri­als sci­ence re­search. This fa­cil­ity helps stu­dents carry out in­de­pen­dent projects with in­dus­try-rel­e­vant meth­ods.

Flex­i­ble and con­ve­nient

“The week­end classes and use of an e-learn­ing plat­form helped me bet­ter man­age my time for work and study. I am ex­cited to be de­fend­ing my re­search dis­ser­ta­tion soon,” says Wong Hiew Yi, a reg­u­la­tory af­fairs ex­ec­u­tive who is cur­rently pur­su­ing the MAPC at IMU.

An­other MAPC stu­dent, Tai Zhi Sam, says, “Thanks to IMU’s week­end schedul­ing, I could use my week­days to take part in a re­search project as a re­search as­sis­tant. I was able to ap­ply the skills I learnt through pro­gramme course­work to the project.”

Fel­low MAPC grad­u­ate Ya­men Alkhatib from Syria shares that the re­search skills he de­vel­oped at IMU in the ar­eas of bioavail­abil­ity and phar­ma­coki­net­ics of in­ves­ti­ga­tional new drugs landed him a spot in a PhD course at Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia.

On how the well-de­signed course can help grad­u­ates ad­vance their ca­reers, MAPC’s pro­gramme di­rec­tor Dr Sreeni­vasa Rao Sagi­needu says, “Study­ing a pro­gramme with a unique blend of an­a­lyt­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry dis­ci­plines can give you bet­ter job prospects across var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

“This mas­ter’s pro­gramme builds on your un­der­grad­u­ate chem­istry knowl­edge and gives you spe­cialised, prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in us­ing a wide range of mod­ern an­a­lyt­i­cal tech­niques.

“The pro­gramme also helps you cul­ti­vate ad­vanced skills in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chem­istry, fo­cus­ing on var­i­ous as­pects of drug dis­cov­ery, de­sign and de­vel­op­ment.”

IMU stu­dent Muna A. Oth­man Salem (cen­tre) grad­u­ated from the MAPC, which helped im­prove her phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal knowl­edge and bet­tered her ca­reer prospects.

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