Monash University holds open day


  • Education
  • Sunday, 26 Jan 2003

THOUSANDS of prospective students and their parents turned up at Monash University Malaysia's Open Day recently. 

The university's staff and students were on hand to assist prospective students with inquiries as well as taking them on campus tours. 

There were also presentations by academics and industry representatives, as well as computer and engineering demonstrations. Visitors were drawn to the Engineering Faculty's robotic arm demonstrations and the science laboratory's displays of DNA fingerprinting and mutant flies. 

Another attention grabber was the nursing booth with its free blood pressure measurements and quizzes. Participants stood to win attractive prizes if they could identify specific body parts. 

The talk on “Career Opportunities in Biotechnology – An Entrepreneur's and Scientist's Perspective'' was also popular with students keen to learn about job prospects in the field. 

Invited speaker Dr Gurinder Shahi, the CEO of BioEnterprise Asia, who shared his experiences, said business opportunities in biotechnology were limitless provided one was willing to take the risks. 

Senior research scientist from the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (Frim) Dr Kodiswaran Kandasamy spoke on the research and development prospects in biotechnology. 

Monash University Malaysia pro vice-chancellor Prof Robert Bignall in thanking everyone, said he was aware of the amount of work put in to ensure the day's success. 

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