January – March 2020 – Six students from Shandong University, China have successfully attended a one-month course on Research Methodology and Scientific Writing and two months of research observation at the International Medical University (IMU)’s Bukit Jalil campus. The course was organised by the School of Pharmacy as a part of its inbound mobility package. The course is aimed at exposing the students to the research journey including generating research questions, testing hypothesis, conducting critical review of research articles, writing a research proposal and a research article. The course also covered research ethics and basic statistical analysis. In addition to this inbound mobility package, School of Pharmacy also offers credit transfer modules including research Methodology and Scientific Writing (3 credits) and Research Project (10 credits). These six students are currently pursuing their Master studies in either Pharmacy or Traditional Chinese Medicine at their home institution. They joined the programme with the intention of gaining scientific writing skills and research skills. For this course, the students were attached to a research team headed by Prof Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika, a professor in Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, for laboratory skills training.
In mid-March, following the emergence of COVID-19, the Malaysian government implemented Movement Control Order (MCO), and IMU was temporarily closed. Cases of COVID-19 climbed day by day. During this MCO period, we appreciated the support of IMU staff who provided meals and face masks to all IMU students, including us, free of charge even though the mobility programme has ended. Although the return to our home country was delayed due to the pandemic, we would like to thank IMU for arranging transport to send us to KLIA on our departure date as we faced some difficulties in getting public transport. Finally, we really appreciate IMU and the lovely people we met here. It was really an amazing experience.
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