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Pharmacy students emerge champs
THE National Pharmacy Quiz (NPQ) and Piala Aishah (PA) are academic competitions for undergraduate students majoring in pharmacy. This year, two teams from IMU participated and bagged the first and second runner-up positions in the 10th NPQ, and were the champion for the Piala Aishah round (compounding event ie formulating a medication).
The 10th NPQ and PA 2018 were held from April 20-22 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, KL campus.
Here’s what some of IMU’s team members had to say.
“Nineteen teams from 11 Malaysian universities (public and private) participated. There was high pressure as we were representing IMU. However, due to the constant support and motivation from my teammates and lecturers, I was able to overcome this tension and perform my best during the competition. Most of all, the thought of learning and gaining experience instead of focusing on winning kept me positive throughout the event,” commented Low Li Tian.
“We would like to thank IMU School of Pharmacy for giving us this opportunity to participate in this national competition. It was a great platform to interact with participants from other universities and enhance our competency level. Each of us with our respective strength united to form a winning team.
“Special thanks goes to our lecturer for the continuous support and guidance throughout the whole event,” said Lim Kar Ying.
“I was excited yet nervous to participate in this competition. I was truly humbled by the competency of all participants from other pharmacy schools. Winning the Piala Aishah was beyond our expectations, as we needed to complete the task quickly yet accurately within the time limit – it was indeed intense. I would also like to thank IMU School of Pharmacy for providing this wonderful and eye-opening opportunity,” said Yong Yu Jing.
“The most important thing was to keep a clear mind during the compounding event. At the start, we had a difficult time locating the formulation. However, we managed to overcome that obstacle eventually.
“We divided our work between the two of us, which made answering the questions and compounding much easier to do. Time was definitely a stressful factor but as we delegated our work, overcame the initial obstacles and trusted one another, we managed to handle the stress well and we completed the required tasks successfully,” commented Kishen Kunalan.
IMU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students have the option to transfer credits in their first two years’ curriculum to the pharmacy programme in the University of Otago, New Zealand or University of Tasmania, Australia.
These international partnerships are a clear testament of the alignment of IMU’s innovative education to global standards. Students also could complete the entire four-year pharmacy degree in IMU.
Commencement for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) programme is in July and September. If you are inspired by a diverse career involved with the safe and effective use of medicines, make an online application today.
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 degree programmes.
Find out more about the programmes on Open Day on Sunday, July 8, at the campus in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, from 10am to 4pm.
■ For details, visit www.imu.edu. my E-mail email@example.com or call IMU at 03–2731 7272.