6 September 2013 – Inspired by Mother Teresa and a nurse who looked after her grandfather, Tee Fwo Yi wanted to study nursing as she believes that this is a very challenging, enjoyable and satisfying profession. Concerned on how this would affect her parents financially,she applied for and was awarded the IMU Nursing Scholarship which covers the full tuition fees for the entire duration of the 4-year undergraduate nursing course at the University. Fwo Yi has consistently done well in her nursing degree and is the top student of her convocating class, earning her the Tun Zahir Merit Award.
Speaking on her achievement, Fwo Yi said, “I was very excited and happy when I heard that I am the top student of my class. I believe that studying in IMU prepares us well to face the working environment after we graduate from the university. I enjoyed going for clinical postings as I like working in hospitals and spending time with the patients. As a nursing student, I also had the opportunity to participate in community service activities such as giving health talks to children.” Fwo Yi was among the numerous awards winners who attended the Prizes Presentation Ceremony on 6 September 2013. This year, the graduation ceremonies were conducted over two days with a Prizes Presentation Ceremony on 6 September 2013 and the conferment of the degrees on 7 September 2013.
One of these students who have excelled academically and achieved the highest marks in her Convocating Class is Amanpreet Kaur Dhanoa. Awarded the Dr John Joseph Bosco Memorial Gold Medal, Amanpreet said, “I believe that it is important to remain consistent and work hard throughout the course, so that it will be easier to revise as exams come up. I found discussions with my housemates/fellow batchmates to be very helpful. If I had only studied alone, I may have overlooked or incorrectly understood certain points and topics. The discussions helped to enlighten me regarding the things that I did not know, and taught me to look at things from a different point of view.” “After completing 5 years in IMU, I definitely think that having an IMU education is beneficial to me. This is mainly in terms of the self-directed learning skills that I have cultivated. Although initially I found it difficult to adapt to this concept, with time I understood its importance in helping me to become an independent learner. This attitude of self-directed learning will also help me in keeping up to date with the on-going advances in medicine and also for when I wish to pursue my postgraduate studies.”, added Amanpreet, who was the student coordinator for the Kampung Angkat programme and committee member of the Student Representative Council during her studies at IMU’s Clinical Schools.
Another student who attended the Prizes Presentation Ceremony and who achieved the highest marks in his Convocating Class is Ho Yan Le. He has completed the first two and a half years of his medical degree in IMU’s main campus in Bukit Jalil and is currently in the University’s Clinical School in Seremban for his clinical training. “I had lots of fun in IMU Bukit Jalil and met a bunch of good and crazy friends. I joined some extra-curricular activities in IMU as I believed these activities will build your character, shape your personality and make you a better person in the future. I was secretary of the badminton club during Semester 1, president of the First Aid Club during Semester 3 and IMU’s Student Ambassador. I was also in the orientation committee as well as IMU Cup committee during my second and third year in IMU,” said Yan Le, a recipient of the PTPTN loan and Maxis Scholarship. Yan Le’s advice for students who would like to pursue a career in medicine is to “really make sure that you like medicine and would like to join this career. Try to do an attachment before choosing medicine as your future career. Interest and passion are very important if you want to thrive in this challenging profession. Of course, you got to have the right mind and attitude, a good brain, a kind heart and a love to medicine.” Amanpreet and Fwo Yi were among more than 270 graduands who were presented with their degrees at International Medical University’s graduation ceremonies on 7 September 2013, marking the completion of their postgraduate or undergraduate studies. The ceremonies which were presided by the University’s Chancellor, YBhg Dato’ Seri Dr T Devaraj, will be held at the University’s auditorium at its main campus in Bukit Jalil. The auditorium was packed to capacity at the half-day event with members of the Board of Governors, Senate, faculty, invited guests and parents of the students witnessing the ceremony. The ceremonies had to be held over two sessions to cater for the large number of graduates and the mood was one of enthusiasm and joy. The ceremonies were held over two sessions to cater for the large number of graduates. During the ceremony, there were speeches from our Chancellor, YBhg Dato’ Seri Dr T Devaraj, President, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman and Executive Dean, Prof Peter Pook. Live broadcast of the ceremony as it unfolds inside the auditorium were 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.