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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BROADENING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS BASE BY OBTAINING A UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA, BUT LACK THE TIME OR PHYSICAL CIRCUMSTANCES TO SIT CLASSES? If so you should consider one of the many distance education options which have mushroomed in Malaysia in recent years, as technological development and the rollout of the Internet bring higher learning into potentially every village and house in the nation. Actually -- make that every village and house in the entire developing world, because Malaysia is positioning itself as a global power in the burgeoning field of virtual education. Malaysia is doing this out of necessity -- a virtual university is much cheaper to run and cheaper to enrol in, than the typical bricks and mortar university of the West. And Malaysia has a huge need for an educated workforce, to carry it towards its goal of being a developed nation by 2020. 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..."

You know about Singlish of course -- how about Manglish, the peculiar variety of English which has developed over the years in Malaysia? You can find more about Manglish at this site, among others.

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"EDUCATION FOR ALL" IS THE MOTTO OF THE OPEN UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA (UNIVERSITI TERBUKA MALAYSIA), WHICH EVER SINCE ITS OPENING IN THE YEAR 2000 HAS ESTABLISHED 53 LEARNING CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 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.."

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.

Headquarters Multimedia Technology Enhancement Operations (METEOR) Sdn Bhd, Level 2, Open University Malaysia (OU Malaysia) Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. Tel : +603 2697-8600 Fax : +603 2697-8601.
The METEOR REGIONAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN ENGLISH (MERCEE) is one of the centres of METEOR Learning Sdn. Bhd. MERCEE helps you attain English Language competence and effective workplace interaction skills. As good communications skills play a vital role in making an effective workforce, MERCEE has now embarked on comprehensive training and development plans for all individuals. Vision To become the leading provider of English language programmes in the region Mission To improve individuals' English language proficiency by focusing on effective teaching and learning skills To enhance the use of English at the workplace through the design and development of programmes for professional development To train teachers to teach specific subjects in English by providing trai 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..."

"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

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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..."

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CULTURE SHOCK AFFECTS AND AFFLICTS THE BEST OF US, AND IS IN FACT, A SIGN THAT YOU ARE LEARNING TO ADJUST TO A NEW CULTURE AND SOCIETY AND A NEW WAY OF BEING. My tried and true formula for dealing with culture shock, has always been, to go to the nearest bar and get plastered -- or at least to do someting which reminds you of home, or makes you feel at home. Culture shock is something which should be worked through gradually, and serenely -- don't go flying for the door, but rather work through your homesickness in the Zen fashion (ie, by doing nothing). On her website, Julia Ferguson has this to say about culture shock (and how to beat it):

Almost everyone who studies, lives or works abroad experiences some degree of culture shock.
This period of cultural adjustment involves everything from getting used to the food and language to learning how to use the telephone. No matter how patient and flexible you are, adjusting to a new culture can, at times, be difficult and frustrating.
It is easy to get lost, depressed and homesick. You may even want to go back home!
Don't panic?cthese are all totally normal reactions and you are not alone. Sometimes it is hard to remember why you decided to leave home. You are on an adventure - a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn - but it does not always seem that way. Although you cannot avoid culture shock entirely, we have a number of tips that will help you get through difficult moments:
* Start a journal of the new things you come across every day and your reactions to your new home. Writing things down will help you keep them in perspective, and are funny to look back on!
* Never confuse your ability to speak the new language with your intelligence; it is easy to feel stupid and get down on yourself, but there is no reason to. It takes everyone some time to adjust and become comfortable with a new language.
* Be physically active! Walk, swim, run, play tennis or do some other physical activity you enjoy often. You will feel better, meet new people and keep in shape.
* Keep your sense of humour. Try, no matter how hard it is, to see something of value in every new experience and challenge you come across. Laugh now, not just later!
*Take advantage of services that your university, church or community offer. Contact a counsellor at the International Students Office, a resident advisor if you live in residence halls, someone at your church?c. If you are having a problem with something, tell someone! They will want to help you, and you will feel a lot better having people to support you. Don't be afraid to speak up.
Adjusting to a new culture can be difficult and frustrating, but it can also be a wonderful, thought provoking time of your life during which you will grow as a person. Living in a foreign country will open new doors, introduce you to new ways of thinking, and give you the opportunity to make life-long friends.
Keep smiling!

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