The Biotechnology industry in Malaysia projects a contribution of up to five per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020, creating a total of 280,000 job vacancies. To date, Malaysia has produced a total of 4,000 graduates with Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees in Bioscience specialisations.
This has propelled the return of MyBio Carnival this year, through the collaboration between Taylor’s University, the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) and the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp). The event will be hosted at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, for the very first time.
MyBio Carnival 2011 invites participants of all ages to take a glimpse into the world of biotechnology and educate children in an informal way. Through this Carnival, Taylor’s University School of Bioscience (SBS) aims to create awareness on biotechnology for the betterment of biotechnology development in Malaysia.
The Carnival will be launched by Y.Bhg. Datin Paduka Professor Dr. Khatijah Yusof, Director General, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Technology Malaysia, in the presence of Y.Bhg. Professor Dato’ Dr. Hassan Said, Vice Chancellor and President, Taylor’s University; Ms. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive Director of MABIC; and Tengku Nila Putri Tengku Ilham, Vice President, Capability Development, Strategic Planning, BiotechCorp.
In conjunction with MyBio Carnival, Taylor’s University SBS together with United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), will be organising a contest themed “Green Biotechnology towards a Sustainable Future”, to add further excitement to the Carnival.
This competition aims to identify young inventors who transform their ideas into inventions using biotechnology approaches and applications, while encouraging the love of biosciences amongst students. Participants, who consist of students from 60 Chinese Independent Secondary Schools around Malaysia, will propose inventions revolving around topical issues such as renewable energy, bio-security, environmental health and food security.
Members of the public, including those in the bioscience/biotechnology fraternity, media, students, and academics, are invited to attend and participate in this exciting Carnival that offers a variety of activities for all ages, including children from as young as 7 years old!
Date : Saturday, 9th July 2011
Time : 10.00am – 6.00pm
Venue: Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus
1, Jalan Taylor’s, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
For enquiries, contact Nicholas Boo at 03-5514 6178, or log on to www.bic.org.my or www.taylors.edu.my.
About Taylor’s School of Biosciences
Taylor’s School of Biosciences (SBS) was established in 2004. It offers programmes that encompass key areas relating to biomedical science, biotechnology and food science and nutrition. The Degree Programmes currently available at SBS include the Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Food Science & Nutrition), which emphasises the science and technology of food creation, processing and preservation, as well as the use of nutrition to improve human health; and Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons) which enables students to explore scientific principles and knowledge, bio-information technologies, laboratory techniques in research and development, business and entrepreneurship skills, as well as legal, intellectual, social and ethical issues.
In preparation for smooth transition into the various Degree Programmes, SBS also offers a Foundation in Science which caters for students who are focused on careers in Engineering Science or Health Science. Each curriculum development and assessment is monitored by The University of Melbourne.
For advanced learning within the Bioscience field, Taylor’s Graduate School (TGS) offers two constructive programmes, the Master of Science (MSc) programme, which aims to admit students who show good research potential during their undergraduate studies, and PhD in Science, which requires all students to attend the Research Methodology & Advance Research Methodology modules in their first year of candidature.
For more details on the courses available at SBS, please contact 03-5637 1150, e-mail to [email protected] or log on to www.taylors.edu.my.