THE Asian Institute Of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University will focus on three points next year — the relevance of new programmes, its quality and the sustainability of the programmes.
Its vice-chancellor and chief executive officer Emeritus Prof Dr Harcharan Singh Sidhu said graduates know that knowledge is the key to success in a world that has a highly globalised system.
“It is the quality of the degree that will make the crucial difference. Renewed efforts and additional resources need to be injected to ensure that we continue to provide quality education, ” he said in his speech at the 12th convocation ceremony at the university campus in Semeling, Bedong, Kedah.
At the ceremony, AIMST chancellor Tun S. Samy Vellu presented the scrolls to 644 graduates from postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma programmes.
The Faculty of Medicine saw a total of 224 students graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), while six others graduated with Master’s degrees.
There were 109 and 82 graduates from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Dentistry respectively.
The Faculty of Business and Management has 41 graduates, Faculty of Applied Sciences (42), Faculty of Allied Health Professions (128) and Faculty of Engineering and Computer Technology (12).
Dr Harcharan commended Samy Vellu for his foresight, determination and his tireless labour for without it, the exceptional university would not have come into being.
“He has demonstrated what can be achieved with the Malaysia spirit, and he made sure that the opportunities offered by the university are made available to Malaysians from all backgrounds.
“Seventeen years is a very short time for any university, and we are glad to report that the university has grown in status as well as in its stature.
“As a result, our academic staff continue to publish impressive researches.
“AIMST has an important role to play in nation-building under the National Innovative Agenda which emphasises creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as a platform for human capital development and creative wealth, ” he said.
Dr Harcharan added that a university should have continuous reforms with the goal of a better, more relevant and sustainable institution.
The university also honoured 50 students with awards in recognition of their academic excellence which matched their zeal and involvement with the community and extra-curricular activities.
Goh Pei Yee from the Faculty of Dentistry and Tai Yee Ling from the Faculty of Pharmacy were awarded the university’s Gold Medal awards.
Goh from Johor Baru, who also won the Best Dental Student Award, said she was excited and overwhelmed with joy when she was announced as an award winner.
“I avoided returning home on weekends and public holidays to involve myself in community services like providing dental services to the people whenever my team visited the villages in Kedah, ” she said.
Her father Goh Siow Guan, 55, a mechanical engineer, and mother Hee Chai Joon, 53, a chemist, were present to share their daughter’s big day.
Noel Ong Wei Hang, 22, received the Outstanding Student Award under the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
He said he would enrol in a university in Toronto, Canada, to pursue his Masters in Biotechnology.
“I want to work towards making cancer treatment affordable as I find current cancer treatments to be too costly for the poor and underprivileged, ” said Ong, whose parents Ong Gim Chye, 53, and Lau Bee Sim, 48, were also at the convocation ceremony.
Low Chia Huei, 24, also won the Outstanding Student Award under the Faculty of Allied Health Professions (Bachelor of Physiotherapy).
“I chose the subject because of the vast opportunity in the profession.
“I can lecture in the educational institutions or I can open my own physiotherapy centre to serve the community, ” he said.
AIMST was established in 2001 and its modern green-garden campus is spread over a 230-acre (93ha) land. It is equipped with cutting-edged technology on top of a well-planned infrastructure to make it a world class university.
The university offers various programmes from foundation studies, Bachelor’s, Masters and Phds, in the areas of medicine, surgery, dentistry, pharmacy, applied sciences, allied health and professions, engineering, business management, accounting finance and internal audit.
The university is also progressing well in achieving global prominence through collaboration with numerous foreign partner-universities around the world, namely University of Otago New Zealand, Tzu Chi University Taiwan, Kanagawa University Japan, Prince of Songkhla University Thailand, PSG Institutions India, SRM Institute of Science & Technology India, Technical University of Denmark, Deakin University of Australia, University of Copenhagen and many more.
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