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University gives insight to advance learning

on 26 Ogos 2010.

SCIENCE students of UCSI University, Sarawak Campus, in Kuching were recently given an insight into what they can pursue after they have completed their GCE A-Levels and Foundation studies at the University.

One option available to them is on Malaria research.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Malaria Research Centre researcher Professor Balbir Singh presented a talk on the disease and was met with enthusiastic response from the students.

One for the album: Prof Balbir (front row fourth left) posing with students and staff of UCSI University. Also seen in the photo are Sunita (front row third from left) and Lu (front row fifth from right).

Organised by the UCSI University’s Student Affairs Office, the talk also saw Prof Balbir sharing his personal stories and adventures as a malaria research scientist. His travel experiences in gathering information for his research and vaccine development had the students’ full attention.

“As with any jobs, there are highs and lows; carrying out research on malaria brings you to many places. I’ve given talks all over the world, but putting yourself out there in the jungle to look for malaria carriers in insects and animals is a high-risk job,” he said.

During the talk Prof Balbir revealed that a few academic staff of Sarawak UCSI had been or were still part of the malaria research team, including its chief operating officer Lu Huong Ying and Chemistry lecturer Sunita Shamsul.

For GCE A-Levels student Jason Rainer Anthony the talk was a valuable lesson as he learned about the various species of mosquitoes including those that are malaria carriers.

“I had no idea there were so many types of mosquitoes, and the percentage that are actually malaria carriers,” Jason said.

“Prof Balbir gave us quite a lot of information into this area of research, and what I find most interesting are the types of treatment options available to malaria victims, as well as the need for people to be educated about the disease, especially in tropical regions.”

After the talk, Jason and his peers had some idea of what they could do after A-Levels.

“It is not just the direct paths to careers in medicine and pharmacy, but rather careers in relevant supporting fields too,” he said.

The Student Affairs Office of Sarawak UCSI often organises talks and workshops on various topics.

Aside from GCE A-Levels and Foundation in Science, programmes offered include Hospitality Management, Event and Tourism Management, Commerce, Hotel Management, and Foundation in Arts. The university also offers a part-time executive diploma programme for working adults.

For more information on seminars and activities call 082-455255 or visit www.ucsi.edu.my/sarawak to view the university’s calendar of events.

Extracted from The Star Online.

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