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First Cohort to Graduate with IMU MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

11 Sep 2014

6 September 2014 – The International Medical University (IMU) celebrates its first cohort to successfully complete the MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MAPC) at a convocation ceremony at the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil. This is a significant milestone for the graduating cohort and for the University. M 112 Programme coordinator of the MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Dr Ooi Ing Hong said,

“Today is an extraordinary day for IMU as we witness the graduation of our very first cohort of four students of the Master of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. We are very proud of them as they have successfully completed the modular study programme, some of them without having to leave their job while taking this course. MAPC was designed based on stringent MQA requirements and international standards. The modular study programme allows students to remain current while still following their usual lifestyle and work commitments.”

“The interactive and engaging curriculum delivery style enables the students to be focused, creating a conducive environment for experiential and lifelong learning. The research module further enhanced their critical thinking and problem solving skills, promoting their professional development to better prepare them for today’s challenging workplace. We congratulate our graduates and we are confident that they will do well in their future careers.”

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On the same day, more than 200 graduands took centre-stage for their graduation ceremony, marking the completion of their postgraduate or undergraduate studies. Members of the Board of Governors, Senate, faculty members, invited guests, students and parents of the students were present at the University’s auditorium to witness this ceremony. Speech by Chancellor, YBhg Dato’ Amir Abbas Speech by President, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman The half-day event was held over two sessions to cater for the large number of graduates and the mood was one of enthusiasm and joy. Live broadcast of the ceremony as it unfolds inside the auditorium was made available at other lecture theatres in the University. This gives family members and friends who were unable to be in the auditorium the opportunity to witness this very special event. The conferment of the degrees held on 6 September 2014 is part of the graduation ceremonies that were conducted over two days. A Prize Presentation Ceremony was held on 5 September 2014. Numerous awards were bestowed on the graduates who have achieved academic excellence in their respective fields at this ceremony. The prizes include the Dr John Joseph Bosco Memorial Gold Medal, Prof Guan Chong Book Prize in Surgery, Dr Saidi Hashim Memorial Gold Medal, Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mohamed Zahir Merit Award, Board of Governors’ Gold Medal, Book Prize for Best Clinical Dietetics Student 2014 and Book Prize for Leadership in Nutrition and Dietetics 2014. IMU_1772Top student and winner of the Dr John Joseph Bosco Memorial Gold Medal, Wong Wei Xiang, “I was really happy and excited when I was informed that I was the gold medallist. The feeling of turning my dream into a reality was exhilarating. The feeling of gratitude was overwhelming at that point of time. I would also like to take this opportunity to express appreciation to my parents, my brother and my fellow course mates for being supportive throughout my medical school days.”

“Perseverance and the right attitude are the most important qualities that kept me going. I am a person that will not give up if I see the slimmest opportunity to achieve my goal. Being humble is one of the most important attitude to carry in this field (in every aspect of life in fact). I always remind myself to stay humble and to learn from others, even if I knew the solution. I always tried to be positive. Drawing out concrete goals and to develop a plan to achieve them serve as a motivation for me throughout my clinical school years. I believe that nothing worthwhile comes easily. “Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.” – Hamilton Holt”

“IMU education emphasises on life-long learning and self-directed learning. I think these two qualities will bring us a long way in the future. We have to be inquisitive all time, and keep ourselves up-to-date as medicine is an ever changing field and new development means new treatment possibility that is beneficial to patients. We were left with less guidance as we moved to higher semesters. It really trained us to be independent learners. With that, we will be able to adapt to postgraduate studies easier.” Wei Xiang advice to students who would like to pursue a career in medicine is

“I think we all should be grateful to be able to study medicine and in the future practice medicine. Students should be clear of their goals and remain on track. While it is easier said than done, students should stay positive and ‘infect’ their fellow course mates/colleagues with positive thinking. Students must also be humble and willing to take criticism as a stepping stone to improve themselves.”


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