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ONE OF THE MORE POPULAR NEW STYLE SUBJECTS OF STUDY IN MALAYSIA IS FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION. As International Education Media point out, "Food Science and Technology has developed into a profession in its own right, fully recognised by government, industry, educational bodies, and increasingly by an informed public and is now a popular qualification amongst students." Food science and Nutrition is the integrated study of food chemistry, food microbiology for quality control, human nutrition, food engineering, processing and preservation. It involves an understanding of how diets and nutrition affect the health of individuals, technologies for creating new food products, and making current products more stable, nutritious, convenient, reliable and safe. Food Science begins with an understanding of the plants and animals that will become food, and ends with an understanding of why people choose to eat the foods they eat. It is a challenging programme that requires strengths in chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology.

Malaysian Students team blog last year (2007) discussed five "Rising Sun" careers for the future -- Nutrition/Food Science came in at number three. The blog posed the rhetorical question: what is the difference between Nutrition and Food Science? "Pardon me for not knowing the differences," the team answered. "For me, they are 'almost' the same. I went to the edu fair once before, and I bumped in to a booth. I asked the college receptionist regarding about the food science, and they told me that it is a field which deals with food and the contents in it. And when I inquired about the differences between the nutrition and food science, another staffs told me, "I'm sorry sir, our courses are only opened to girls.", which means, I didn't get the explanation of the differences between them. I'm sorry.
"I have a friend, who is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science (Nutrition & Community Health) in UPM. Haven't heard of her for about half a year, and I think she was too busy to be reached. She's currently having her industrial training as a pro bono nutritionist trainee (?), conducting research here and there. Drop by there to find out more.Basically, these 2 related fields, are more or less dealing with the nutrient contents in the food, and also what is good, how good, what is bad, how bad for the body. Graduates are welcomed to the F&B Industrial world, and also clinics and hospitals.."

Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM): National University of Malaysia.
43600 UKM BANGI, Selangor, Darul Ehsan. Phone: 603/8925 0651/8921 5053. Fax: 603/8925 4890. Web: website here. Email: puspa@pkrisc.cc.ukm.my.
You can get your Masters in Nutrition or Community Nutrition or Clinical Nutrition at UKM. UKM's Faculty of Allied Health Sciences was established on September 1, 1992. It now comprises of 5 departments, namely: Audiology and Speech Science, Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, Optometry and Pharmacy. (I got this information from the university website.)
"The Faculty offers postgraduate programmes at the masters (coursework and thesis) and doctoral levels (thesis only) on a full time or part time basis."
The Masters of Clinical and Community Nutrition are based on coursework, while the Master of Nutrition is based on thesis. For full details, click here.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS): University of Malaysia Sabah.
88999, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Phone: 608/832 0000, 832 0474. Fax : 608/832 0223. Web: website here. Email: pejcslor@ums.edu.my.
Study Food Science & Nutrition at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah. As the university's website points out: "Sekolah Sains Makanan dan Pemakanan telah ditubuhkan pada tahun 1997 dengan misi untuk menghasilkan graduan yang dilengkapi dengan pengetahuan dan kemahiran yang diperlukan untuk menggalas pelbagai tanggungjawab dalam bidang sains makanan dan pemakanan. Bidang sains makanan dan pemakanan meliputi kesinambungan dari bahan mentah kepada makanan yang terhidang di atas meja pengguna. Ahli sains makanan terlibat dalam kajian proses-proses pengawetan, pembungkusan dan penyimpanan makanan yang mempunyai impak ke atas industri dan spesifikasi kerajaan dalam perihal regulasi. Dengan pertumbuhan penduduk dunia yang pesat, permintaan yang bertambah untuk makanan yang sihat dan mudah, serta peningkatan kesedaran terhadap keselamatan dan kualiti sumber makanan, peluang bagi ahli sains makanan yang terlatih adalah terbuka luas."

University College Sedaya International (UCSI): No.1, Jalan Menara Gading, UCSI Heights 56000 Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur campus.)
Phone: +603 9101 8880. Web: website here.
Obtain your Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Food Science & Nutrition at UCSI. Students with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Nutrition would be able to find employment in food-related industries, as there is a steady need for skilled professionals as consumer demand increases for nutritious, safe and convenient food.
They can work in manufacturing or in Research & Development (R&D) such as in new product development, quality assurance, food technology and research food technology. Graduates can embark on exciting careers as Quality Control Scientists, Production Supervisors, Food Engineers, Product Development Technologies, Food Microbiologists, Flavour Chemists, Food Safety Inspector and Researchers in universities and hospitals.
MoHE Compulsory Subjects
Bahasa Kebangsaan, Malaysian Studies, Moral Studies or Islamic Studies.

Universiti Putra Malaysia in Selangor Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM): 43400 UPM SERDANG, Selangor. Phone: 03-8946 6000. Web: website here.
Among many other things, you can study Food Science and Nutrition at UPM. As the university's own website points out: "The Ministry of Health Malaysia has selected the (UPM's) Faculty of Food Science and Technology as the institution of choice to establish the National Food Safety Research Centre (NFSR) due to the renowned research expertise of the Faculty members in food safety. This was immediately followed by the recognition and appointment of the NFSR as the information network coordinator in the field of Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) for the Asia-Pacific region by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
"Another historical milestones of achievement was the establishment of the Institute for Research on Halal Products. The institute is now playing a major role in the instituting of Halal issues in products marketed in Malaysia or meant for the export market.
"Our three pillars - Department of Food Science, Department of Food Technology and Department of Food Service and Management represents a proven interactive working collaboration that utilizes every possible synergistic approach providing the Faculty with a very successful for Faculty of Food Science and Technology.
"Prof. Dr. Jinap Selamat..."

a l t e r n a t i v e + m e d i c i n e

According to Anne Cowper (DBM MNHAA) of the National Herbalists Association of Malaysia: "The alternative and complementary medicine industry in Malaysiais growing at a rapid rate. It is currently estimated that the market is worth over one billion dollars, with more than 20% of that market being herbal medicine and related products. In Malaysia, as well as overseas, this market appears to be growing at about 30% per year.
"The rapid growth is largely due to a growing demand from the public, with reportedly more than 50% of Malaysians using herbal or complementary medicines. One reason for this growth is a strong desire from people to take greater control of their own health and well being. This can be achieved through consultation with an appropriately trained practitioner and through methods such as improving nutrition, or changes in lifestyle techniques such as increasing exercise and reducing stress. Another reason is the perceived or real need to avoid the unwanted side effects of conventional medical drugs...

"In Malaysia, western herbal medicine is one of the most popular forms of ACM. There are many colleges throughout Malaysiateaching comprehensive courses in western herbal medicine. The National Herbalists Association of Malaysia (NHAA) was founded in 1920 and is the national body for practising herbalists. The NHAA has a minimum required standard for full practising members and accredits only those courses which meet those minimum requirements. There are currently twelve colleges in Malaysiawith fully accredited courses. Another four are presently under review..."

"An accredited course in herbal medicine requires a minimum of 700 hours of study in herbal medicine and medical sciences. Many courses also require additional study in areas such as nutrition, counselling, iridology and massage.
"The majority of courses in herbal medicine are currently conducted through private colleges although recently, degree courses have been implemented in several of the universities in Malaysia."

Open University Malaysia faculties are:
Faculty of Business & Management
Faculty of Education, Arts & Social Sciences
Faculty of Engineering and Technical Studies
Faculty of Information Technology & Multimedia Communication
Faculty of Science
Centre for Graduate Studies
Institute of Professional Development
School of Life Long Learning

Interested in studying Food Science Nutrition in Australia -- read Chocolate Suze's blog

ADD TO THIS LIST NURSING, WHICH RECENTLY BECAME AVAILABLE AT OUM. According to an online report: "Open University of Malaysia (OUM) is now eyeing to produce more specialist nurses for Malaysia. OUM is now offering the Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (Honours) programme to meet the country's acute need for more specialist nurses. This two-year programme enables those with the Diploma In Nursing to pursue further studies in the health and medical fields.
"OUM university has held discussions with Health Ministry and Malaysian Nursing Board on its plan to offer this degree programme. The programme is offered to holders of a basic diploma in nursing who are registered with the national nursing board, OUM receives overwhelming response from all parties as the programme is unique based on its flexibility. The programme focuses on clinical expertise and direct involvement implemented via clinical training at participating hospitals.
"Health Ministry and several teaching hospitals offer clinical training for those taking the programme. The ministry has allowed OUM to use clinical facilities at 21 government hospitals nationwide. OUM has also received the nod from Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) for the same purpose.
"Among the cooperation agreed is the utilisation of clinical facilities for six fields:
> Trauma and Emergency Nursing
> Critical Care Nursing
> Mental Health Nursing
> Paediatrics Nursing
> Renal Nursing
> Oncology Nursing
"Senior nurses at participating hospitals will function as clinical supervisors. They will give direct teaching and supervision in wards based on the printed and electronic modules issued. Students will be supplied with the laboratory skills virtual aid to help them prepare for the clinical training.
"There is currently a high demand for male nurses, OUM also encourages more men to apply for the course. The government wants males to join the nursing profession and its target is to produce 300 male nurses from the 3,000 qualified nurses produced every year..."

W a w a s a n + O p e n + U n i v e r s i t y

OUM HAS SOME COMPETITION. Wasawan Open University is Malaysia's first private, non-profit tertiary institution dedicated to working adults. It is also only the second Internet-driven open university in Malaysia. The Gerakan Education Foundation -- later renamed Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF) -- in August 2002 was established as a tax-exempt charitable foundation to promote lifelong education to the public. Eight experts in open and distance learning were commissioned to prepare a detailed proposal for the establishment of an Open and Virtual University of Malaysia (OVUM). The report was submitted to the foundation in 2003.

Wawasan Open University (WOU) opened its door on 22nd January 2007 with an initial offering of 11 undergraduate degree programmes under three faculties - the science and technology, business administration and foundation studies. Courses include degrees in information systems, computing science & artificial intelligence, business information systems, accounting and sales & marketing. The cost of an undergraduate programme is about RM16,000.

680 students had already enrolled with the university, which has four study centers located in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Johor Baru.

Wasawan Open University is now up and online and offers programmes in three Schools (Science and Technology, Business and Administration, and Foundation Studies.) Some of the courses covered are Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Commerce, Bachelor of Business in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Bachelor of Business in Sales and Marketing.

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