Perdana University launched its Centre for Bioinformatics (PU-CBi) at its interim campus on May 26, inaugurated by the guest of honour, Professor Dr. WANG Jun, Executive Director of BGI (previously known as the Beijing Genomics Institute), Shenzen, China, the world’s premier genomics centre.
The PU-CBi aims to merge bioinformatics-led innovation with applied clinical and epidemiologic research efforts to address some of the most pressing medical challenges. This includes a commitment to provide education and training to support the development and continuity of the programmes that result from the initiative.
The Centre will leverage on its network of international connections to bring the latest advances in bioinformatics education and research to Malaysia. Ongoing ties with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), USA and the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) will provide invaluable guidance and support towards this endeavor. The Centre will also explore opportunities for tie-ups with established institutions / centres / corporations that are thought leaders in the field for collaboration, guidance and support. The inauguration ceremony of the Centre witnessed the signing of two Memorandum of Understanding with thought leaders in the field — BGI (formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute) and APBioNET.
One of the immediate activities of the Centre, following the launch, will be the first intake of students for the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics programme in September 2014, offered through the School for Postgraduate Studies (http://perdanauniversity.edu.my/pusps). The curriculum for this programme was developed in consultation with academic and industry experts of the field. The uniqueness of the programme includes:-
- The only Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics programme offered in Malaysia
- A home-grown programme, in line with the road map for Bioinformatics set by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI),Malaysia
- A one year programme to bridge the gap between local undergraduate and Masters degree programmes in bioinformatics
- Low student intake for quality education
- Students from a pure biology, computer science or life sciences background have to first enroll for a foundation in bioinformatics programme.
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