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Pharmacy students emerge champs

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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 start@imu.edu.my or call IMU at 03–2731 7272.

 ??  ?? Team B (from left) UKM Faculty of Pharmacy dean, Associate Prof Dr Jamia Azdina Jamal, UKM student and alumni affairs deputy vice-chancellor, Associate Prof Dr Haji Roslee Rajikan and IMU pharmacy students, Heng Li Lin, How Chiu Her, Yew Wing Yee and...
Team B (from left) UKM Faculty of Pharmacy dean, Associate Prof Dr Jamia Azdina Jamal, UKM student and alumni affairs deputy vice-chancellor, Associate Prof Dr Haji Roslee Rajikan and IMU pharmacy students, Heng Li Lin, How Chiu Her, Yew Wing Yee and...

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