Chinese culture (中华文化) is one of the world’s oldest cultures, tracing back to thousands of years ago. It is considered one of the dominant cultures in East Asia historically, and is among the most influential cultural forces regionally and globally. Chinese language, literature, arts, philosophy and history are widely respected and learnt by populations around the world, while its traditions and festivals are currently still being celebrated, instilled and practiced by people around Asia and worldwide.

Back in July 2013, a band of dedicated IMU students revived the HuaXia Chinese Cultural Society. Since then, the Chinese Cultural Week (CCW) had been one of the most anticipated annual affairs conceptualised around the idea of celebrating Chinese cultural traditions, lifestyles and interactions across cultures in the IMU community. It introduced a series of activities that highlighted Chinese heritage and contemporary Chinese culture in a modern and engaging way.

This year, the event was conducted following the theme: “从心寻根” that translates into “The passion of discovering the roots of Chinese culture that reside in the hearts of its people”. The basis of this event is to exploit the elements in traditional Chinese culture and enhance the understanding of Chinese culture among IMU community, which is composed of individuals from different races, religions and backgrounds.

The event was kicked off with an opening ceremony speech delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of IMU, Prof Abdul Aziz Baba, followed by a week-long exhibition that showcased various traditional Chinese items such as calligraphy brushes, Chinese tea, chess, Hanfu (traditional Chinese clothing), dance props, musical instruments, Chinese knots and posters. Whether awed by the delicate strokes of calligraphy, or triggering curiousity about traditional Chinese lifestyles in the past, the Chinese Culture Week gave audiences a deeper insight into the various aspects of Chinese culture.

Participants were given the opportunity to experience the culture themselves through hands-on activities on calligraphy writing, Chinese tea sampling and trying on the Hanfu. This managed to ignite and attract the interest of approximately fifty students and staffs of different races and ages. Following that, there were also traditional games such as ‘Go’ (围棋) and mei blowing (吹梅).

Henceforth, the event was a success as it instilled a renewed appreciated for Chinese culture not only amongst the Chinese community, but also individuals from other ethnicity.

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Article written by IMU Huaxia Chinese Cultural Society 国际医药大学华夏文化社

Photos credit: IMU Editorial Board

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Humans of IMU Short Story Competition

In conjunction to IMU 25th anniversary celebration, Humans of IMU (HOI) is organizing a short story competition. This competition serves as a platform for eager writers to discover the “Humans behind IMU” and document their inspiring stories.

Students and staff from both academic and non-academic departments are all welcomed to write a story about an individual in IMU who you think is interesting and worth our attention!

HOW TO JOIN?

  1. Choose someone that has a story to share (It can be anyone; staff, students or alumni of IMU.
  2. Interview him/her to collect sufficient writing materials.
  3. Take a decent photo of that person.
  4. Write the story in ENGLISH (keep it sweet and concise – not more than 600 words)
  5. Send the story in Microsoft Word format via email to [email protected] before 30th Oct 2017
  6. Your email should also include:
  1. Subject’s name:
  2. Writer’s name:
  3. Photo of the subject

All stories submitted before the dateline will be exhibited on blue boards in IMU campus during HOI week, which will be held from 14th Nov to 17th Nov.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 student writers and Top 3 Staff writers as well as the Most Inspiring Story. The subject interviewed by the Top 3 writers will also get a token of appreciation.

To find out more, please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/HumansofIMU/ or scan the QR code attached in the poster below.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to see our latest updates!

@HumansofIMU

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Pavlova was crown as the champion for the Aurora MasterChef Competition 2017. Dr. Shamala Ramasamy from the Psychology Department together with Ms. Bushra Farooq (PS 115) and Ms. Ong Yee Chen (BP215) has team up to prepare a delicious Italian delicacy.

Pavlova was one of the twelve group that was competing to win the grand prize of RM150. All of the group has showcase their best cooking skills and most definitely had put on a good show. The rule of the game was to create a group of three people that consist at least one staff (either academic or non-academic staff) and two students. The team then need to prepare a cuisine based on the theme provided, Italian cuisine. All of the ingredient was provided by the committee and the winning team was decided by evaluation of the invited judges.

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The invited judges are Associate Professor Rokiah Binti Don, Dr Chang Sui Kiat (both are from nutrition and dietetic department) and Mr. Lim Foo How (President of IMU Food Freak Club). While the Pavlova was announce as the winner, the Homecook team (Miss Nur Farazilla from Academic Service, Nur Amalin binti Rosly (CH 115) and Anndriana Kelety anak Udin  (BP 114))  manage to grab the 1st runner up tittle.

Another category that was competing are the popularity award, where 20 audiences was recruited and evaluate the food based on taste and presented dish. The audience vote is based on the number of likes in Student-Staff Interaction Activity’s Facebook. The award goes to the Ametuer Cooks, which consist of Ms Shirley Evelynn (Foundation in Science Lecturer), Ms. Sadiya Parvin(FIS 117) and Ms.Tan Chen Hui(FIS 117).

Aurora Master-Chef Competition is a part of the Student-Staff Interaction Activity (SSIA), it is a collaboration between the Students Ambassador and IMU Food Freak Club. The Student-Staff Interaction Activity is an annual initiative by the Student Ambassador which aim to develop a close-knitted community among students, academic and non-academic staff within IMU. Other than the MasterChef Competition, the SSIA Committee also organized various activity such as Aurora of the Day and Aurora in IMU.

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The committee express their gratitude toward the IMU Nutrition and Dietetic Department for lending their laboratory as well as the sponsor: Runner Café, Go-Getter Café, Peekaboo Café and Deka Wafer Roll.

Credit to Photography Club

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/SSIA2017/

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IMU Cup, as we all know, is one of the most anticipated events of the year, where all the houses come down to battle for their pride and victory.

Now, the event was set to start at 6:30 pm, where they introduce the whole series of competitions as their first agenda: the IMU Cup opening ceremony during which the houses would show off their best moves.

It all began with the beautifully themed introduction video and went on to the teams revealing their banners hanging from the third floor.

Before the team set out in war mode, our very own IMU K-Pop gave us a mind-blowing performance, after which the battle of the dancers officially began.

Group Performances began with Griffin showcasing their idea of ballet and a body with no bones, followed by Hydra with 9 beautiful super-heroines to show us that girls really do run the world. Next up was Pegasus with some 24K magic and their melancholic all-black and all-white outfits.

After those intense dances, it was time for a short relaxing break with the Cheapskates who took us on a short musical journey with our Bruno Mars favourites.

The group performances then resumed with Phoenix dancing along to Megan Trainor’s “Dear future husband” and The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” in which they creatively formed a human Range Rover. Next we had a Cinderella-themed performance from Taurus with masqueraded beauties who seemed liked they were floating in their long flowing dresses and a very lucky Samin in his black bell-bottoms. Last but not the least was Draco who had lots of prop use going, a lot of nude-coloured costumes ranging from pinks to browns and a very unique Hoodjabi (you go girl!).

With the group performances wrapped up, the Cypher Round began and lasted quite a while to the point where the free-stylers did seem to have tired out. The aim was to pop moves to DJ Aaliyana’s beats in the best, most unique manner possible — though it did tend to get monotonous from time to time. One thing from each team to take home from the Cypher Round is that Draco’s got an awesome hoodjabi, Griffin was always down to earth (quite literally doing all their moves on the floor), Taurus kids have bodies made of rubber, Phoenix won’t mind breaking every bone in their body to win this round, and Pegasus are never afraid to pick up a fight.

The night ended with eager performances from the three Judges which brought the dead audience back to life.

At the end, results for the opening ceremony were:

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1st Place: Phoenix

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1st Runner up: Pegasus

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2nd Runner up: Hydra 

All in all, the IMU Cup opening ceremony was a must-watch event.

 

Written by: Ms.Sana

Photo by: IMU Photography club

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/IMUCup2017/

 

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President of Student Representative Council 2017/2018
President of Student Representative Council 2017/2018- Kishen Kunalan from BP1/16

Can you tell us about yourself?

I am 20 years old and I’ve lived here in KL all my life. I have been studying in IMU since 2015. I started with the Foundation in Science programme. Currently, I am in my semester 3 of my Pharmacy degree. I love Science and working in the lab and would love to enter the research field once I graduate. I enjoy listening and playing music. I also love to read.

Why do you want to run for the SRC President (Anyone Inspired You?)

After studying in IMU for the past 2 years, I have grown attached to the campus and its people. I have made many good friends throughout my studies so far, with a lot of good memories to keep. I wanted to give something back to the university and its community. I can see that the university and its students have achieved a lot in the past few years. Besides that, I would like to see it achieve even more. To be part of that driving force for change is what motivated me to run for SRC President.

 How do you feel after being elected as the new president of 2017/2018?

I had a myriad of emotions. I felt excited as I felt I was about to embark on a new experience. At the same time, it felt a bit daunting looking at the responsibilities that I had to carry. That was almost 4 months ago. Right now, I’m about halfway through my term. It has been a very challenging period. My team and I faced a lot of obstacles when it came to the new things we wanted to introduce and implement. They came in many forms like financial problems, unsatisfied students, skeptical staff and lecturers, so on and so forth. However, we have managed to make some progress so far. Aside from good leadership skills and team work, I have learnt not to give up easily.

What are your vision/ goals to reach for current committee?

Right now, I realized that most of what the SRC achieves goes underappreciated and unnoticed. What I want to achieve for my committee is that we are able reach out to all students and to show them what we have achieved so far and what we want to do for all students. Of course, Rome wasn’t built in a day; likewise, we can’t possibly implement many changes within our term. However hopefully, with the support of all our students, I hope that we can strive to ensure their studies here are comfortable, solve most of the issues that they are facing and that everyone is united as one student body. Aside from all that, I hope that we can materialize most of our ideas and visions that we have once we got elected.

Do you have any message for the past SRC committee?

Congratulations on all of your achievements! I understand how hard is it to implement and bring changes to many things. Not everything they envisioned came through. However, I would love to take this opportunity to thank them for providing me and my team a starting point, and rest-assured, we will continue their efforts and hard-work to make sure it would not go to waste.

Is there anything you would like to add before we end this interview?

I would just like to say I am very grateful to those who have supported me and my team so far. It is not easy to run a student council in our university, trying to satisfy the needs of our students at the best interest of the university. However, I hope that we manage to pull through, and achieve more and better things than our predecessors. Thank you!

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Kishen (SRC President 2017/2018) and Felicity (SRC President 2016/2017)
Student Representative Council Team 2017/2018
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Student Representative Council team 2017/ 2018

President: Kishen Kunalan

Secretary: How Suet Yue, Kelly

Treasurer: Chan Chun Fai

Vice President of Medicine: Wong Thai Ling

Vice President of Dentistry: Rachael Low Lip Yi

Vice President of Pharmacy: Lovy Chong Le Er

Vice President of Postgraduate Studies: Kho Mee Teck

Public Relations Representative: Luke Leong Tzy Cherng

IT Representative: Jeffrey Tan Yong Ye

Social Concerns Liaison: Kor Win Sheng

Sports Representative: Joy Tneoh Kah Yan

Vice Sport Representative: Britney Ong Yi-Syuen

Cultural & Religious Representative: Amirul Muzakkir bin Amri

International Students Representative: Tanya Obeyesekaara

 

 

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President of Student Representative Council 2016/2017- Felicity

What makes decide to run for SRC 2016/2017?

Initially, I was aiming for the vice president of medicine because I wanted to be a change maker. Being in the medicine course itself, I see a lot of loophole and I feel that Student Council as a platform for me to express myself. However, I suddenly realize that my vision of IMU has change, it grew wide. I felt that I could do more for the students of IMU but I was not really sure if I can cope with the pressure. I took a tremendous amount of time to self-reflect before I make my decision to run as the president of SRC 2016/2017. I remembered handing in my application one hour before the application close.

Do you mind sharing with us regarding your experience as the president of SRC 2016/2017?

It was definitely a learning experience for me, it was very rewarding. You got to see what really happening on the scene. Before I was the apart of SRC, I was assuming a lot of things, mostly about “why certain things are in certain ways, it should be better. I wanted to do some changes.” As I goes through the process, I began to realize it wasn’t easy to initiate change but I was not ready to give up. Instead me and my team more stubborn. I always tell my team, “if you want something, go and take it” and I do feel like I have the best team I could ever ask for. I would do all over again only if I could have each and every one of my team back because each of us complement each other. That what makes us a perfect team.

What is the biggest obstacle have you encountered being the president of SRC 2016/2017?  Individually and as a team.

Individually, I would have to say, managing stress. I’m the type of person who very particular with time. If something does not start on time I would freak out. Therefore, if I did not make my deadline, I would be really stress out or most probably black out and this happened a lot during my early days in SRC. In spite what happened, I reach to a realisation that I had a team for a reason and I need them if I want to do changes in IMU. I began to communicate and delegate jobs and I start to get the hang of it. Of course, everything is still come down to me. So, to answer your question, my biggest obstacle as the president would be balancing study and SRC.

As a team, not much because we really a great team. As I mentioned before, the university is quite strict in some aspect and that makes a little bit hard to implement changes. Our obstacles would be finding a way around it to implement changes.

What are you thought about the new president 2017/2018?

Kishen, I would say he is a nice person. I could describe him as kind, gentleman and very passionate. I do think he would make a great leader. I do hope that he is able to cope with everything and don’t give up easily. I wish the SRC 2017/2018 team nothing but the best.

What is next for you? any plan after leaving SRC?

Nothing much for me. My plan was to focus on my study and graduate on time. My mission is to continue to be a good human being to everybody.

Student Representative Council team 2016/2017

Student Representative Council team 2016/2017

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Written by Siddiqui

Of all adversaries,
My greatest nemesis
Has been the mind:
The most powerful,
Most intimidating –
For its weapon
Is the ability to self-destruct.
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Reported by: Thinusha A/P Kumar.

Foto: Ariel da Silva

One of the most educational event in International Medical University (IMU) was held on the 31st of October and on the 1st of November 2016. It was an informative event launced by our very own library with “using technology to design great learning experience” as the theme for this year.

Numerous activities were carried out which involves the participation of IMU students and staffs. For instance, the library dodgeball challenge, publishers quizzes, Kahoot challenge and posters competition. The competitions held were entertaining and enjoyable with a fairly large audience. The library dodgeball challenge that took place at the atrium attracted many students. Teams of three players were form and players were required to throw balls at their opponents if their allocated facilitators approve by flashing a green card. Moreover, the winning teams of the competitions were awarded with attractive prizes.

Furthermore, there were a few talks held during the event. The introductory session was handled by Professor Jai Mohan. Next, Professor Fuziah Mohd Nadzar gave a speech on the role of digital library learning in the 21st century education field. On the second day, Professor Rozhan Idrus, a professor in Open and Distance Learning and Technology, talked about how one can use technology to design a great learning experience. Associate Professor Dr. Hanan Omar gave a speech on ways to build branching scenarios. The talks were beneficial and relevant with the current happenings in the education field.

To sum up, the 2016 Learning Resources Festival was a huge success. The students and staffs who participated in this event had a great experience and gained loads of useful information. It was suggested that this event should be carried out annually as it in turn, highlights the importance of learning amongst the new generation.

 

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Reported by: Thinusha A/P Kumar

The second National Anatomy Pathology Summit 2016, or better known as NAPS, was held in International Medical University (IMU) on the 1st of October 2016. Various universities sent their representatives to our university for an experience of a lifetime and a never – ending of new ideas. The institutions that made this event a successful one are; Monash University, Perdana University, Taylor’s University, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), and of course our very own university; IMU.

So, what took place during NAPS? Firstly, after the welcoming talk and a very short introduction among the participants, the partakers were divided into three workshops, namely; neurosurgery by Associate Professor Dr. Vairavan Narayanan, plastic surgery by Dr. Mohd. Ruslan Bin Johan, and maxillofacial surgery, by Dr. Naveen Jnanendrappa and Dr. Naresh Shetty. The sessions went on quite well with interactions between the students and the speaker too. After a satisfying lunch provided, the participants were required to sit for an image quiz challenge. There were also case presentations, whereby a situation was given to the representatives from each university two weeks before this event and the participants were required to think about a solution for the problem and present the ideas of possible diseases and solutions to the judges and their fellow participants.

It was an amazing and unforgettable experience for the participants of NAPS. During the workshop session, a video of a surgeon performing a brain surgery was presented to the participants. This created a deeper interest in neurosurgery among the participants. Pictures were also shown to the students on maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery. One of the representative expressed his happiness in learning interesting information from the workshops and during the case presentation session. One of the speakers shared a beautiful saying that goes;

“As a surgeon, you are a student for life”.

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By Sabrina Tee

When it comes to death, many like to point fingers at everyone but the newly deceased. You hear irritated mutters about the incompetent doctor, the idiotic driver and the sad twist of fate. You ask yourself the question; was he/she ready to go?  It’s a hard question to answer, but today, that question can be answered easily. Some countries/states have legalized “assisted suicide”, giving people the decision to quietly end suffering and ‘die with dignity’. Such an act completely contradicts the role of the healthcare system in a community, yet at the same time adds a level of control and humanity in the way we depart the earth.

Here’s how it works. Simply put, a terminally ill patient above the age of 18 must make three formal oral requests for lethal medication, the second of which comes after a minimum 15 day interval from the first. There must also be a formal written request signed by two witnesses before the doctor can prescribe lethal drugs. If the request is approved, the drug is prescribed, and the patient self-administers the medication that will kill them. This “Death with Dignity” Act was approved in the state of Oregon in 1994, followed by Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Washington state, Luxembourg, Vermont, Quebec, and California within the past 20 years.

At the most basic level, assisted suicide defies the very fundamental principles of medicine. The social stigma associated with self-inflicted harm is already a huge issue in today’s society, and now medical professionals are offering their services to aid such a quest for death. The doctors themselves aren’t directly murdering the patient, (as the patient himself is required to administer the lethal dose) but their role is more or less equated to handing them the knife and teaching them the best place to stab themselves. Of course, the role of the doctor is to act in the best interests on the patient – but who knows best?

Human life is a beautiful thing, a gift to be treasured, but sometimes that gift contains more than unicorns, rainbows and sunshine. For those unfortunate enough to draw the short straw, to continue living is a painful process and the only foreseeable gratification is death. To simplify this concept, let’s stick to the generic scenario of an end-stage cancer patient. Months of chemotherapy and radiation have cost you your strength, spirit and of course, your hair. Each round is another torturous journey holding no more hope than the desperate search for an oasis in a desert. And when you’ve decided you’d rather take the reins and you just can’t hold out anymore waiting for that miracle, that’s when you summon your doctor and make your first oral request.

It’s a dignified way to die, or at least that’s what it’s being marketed as. Many would disagree, insisting that we play out the parts designed for us by our maker, silently hoping there is a miracle lurking just around the corner. For such people, human suffering is inevitable, a rite of passage each person goes through one way or another. It may be physical, mental or emotional, but success doesn’t come by throwing down the rake and forcefully kicking the bucket.

We must also consider the psychological effects of contracting a terminal disease on a patient. What follows the diagnosis is often anger, frustration, feelings of helplessness and so on – all likely to predispose one to depression or at least contribute to an cloudy state of mind. Are such people in the position to make this decision that will affect not only themselves, but their loved ones?

The principle of self-autonomy that all doctors learn in their first year of medical school speaks of the patient’s authority to make their own medical decisions – why shouldn’t this be included? We like to know beforehand what will happen so appropriate preparations can be made: final meals can be eaten, last farewells can be bid, last kisses exchanged and final tears shed. Of course it isn’t an easy decision, but it surely beats waiting for the three hags to snip your thinning thread.

Assisted suicide is highly controversial, to say the least. Countless arguments can be made in favour of the affirmative or the negative, depending on values, beliefs, traditions and experiences. Everyone holds their own opinions, and often those are strong and fervently expressed in debate. These are the two questions which determine your answer:

  1. Is suicide an acceptable act?
  2. Which is more important: a doctor’s role in saving lives or a patient’s self-autonomy?

Consider carefully.