Perdana Offers Specialised Programmes for In-Demand Careers

By Uni Enrol - May 17, 2021
What to Study Perdana University gives students an alternative path to Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Data Science, Bioinformatics and Business.
Perdana Offers Specialised Programmes for In-Demand Careers

When it comes to careers, no doubt students would have heard from family and friends that being a doctor, a lawyer, and an accountant are the golden standard. While that may still ring true today, the skillset that these careers require are no longer the same as before.

Perdana University saw the opportunity to help students be better prepared for the workforce by offering programmes that go above and beyond the conventional. Each curriculum is structured to reflect the demands of the industry on its workforce.

Read on and find out how Perdana University’s programmes are different and help students make the smooth transition to the working world.

4-Year Medical Programme Offers Malaysian, US Pathways

Perdana University has a 4-year Doctor of Medicine programme that will allow its graduates to practice as a doctor in Malaysia and the US.

The programme was developed initially in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine but it currently has University of California San Diego in an advisory role. Unlike other medical programmes in Malaysia, it is based on the US Medical Curriculum with the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) as the exit Examinations. Graduates will be able to opt for either Housemanship in Malaysia or join the Medical Residency Programme in the US.

In Years 1 and 2, students will be assessed in each module. These exams prepare the students for the USMLE’s Step 1, which covers basic science knowledge. In Years 3 and 4, students will be able to participate in clinical postings at locations such as Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban, and Hospital Putrajaya. Students’ Knowledge and Clinical Competency will be assessed at the end of clinical postings. At the end of Year 4, students would have to clear the USMLE Step 2, which covers Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills.

To date, 65 students have graduated and are working in Malaysian and US hospitals.

Occupational Therapy Programme One of Its Kind

The demand of occupational therapists have been increasing in recent years globally to help people regain function and adapt to disabilities. The Bachelor’s degree of Occupational Therapy programme at Perdana University thus was created to provide an opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career in this field.

As the pioneer private university that offers this programme, the School of Occupational Therapy in Perdana University has experienced faculty members in different specialties and also has collaboration with partners from local and international industries to provide a comprehensive education and training for its students.

The programme consists of theory and practical skills courses which are assessed through a combination of theoretical examinations and clinical competencies. In the final year, students will be required to take an exit exam to evaluate their overall clinical performance on top of completing a dissertation in related fields.

More than 100 students have enrolled in this programme since its inception in 2013, and the graduates work as professional occupational therapists at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and educational institutions. The programme is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Malaysian Qualification Agency.

Advancing Life Sciences Through Data Science

Data science is part of the wave of rapid change that technology has brought to the world. Life sciences in particular have benefitted from the advances of data science. However, there was a need for a more well-balanced approach to educating the next generation of data scientists involved in the healthcare and life science field.

Perdana University decided to take up the challenge by offering a Data Science degree programme with a customised curriculum that fulfills the 2017 Data Science Competency Checklist.

The faculty members have extensive academia and industrial experience in data science for life science, in particular Bioinformatics. They have worked closely with partners such as Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNET), Fusionex, and BookDoc to design the curriculum and train the students.

The degree programme is recognised by the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT). MBOT is a professional body for technologists and technicians in related technology and technical fields.

 

Perdana University strives to provide the best resources to nurture the next generation of workforce. Their programmes give students a solid foundation in knowledge and training that will lead them to careers that will contribute to the advancement of society in the years to come.

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