UBD welcomes first intake of Pharmacy programme
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has received 23 students to be part of its first intake of its Bachelor of Health Science (Pharmacy) programme which will begin this August.
UBD Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) Deputy Dean (Undergraduate, Administration and Finance) Dk Dr Nurolaini Pg Hj Md Kifli yesterday told The Brunei Times that the enrolment number was higher than what they expected.
“Initially, we thought we would only get around 10 students because the (entry) grades required for the programme are quite high, but we got more than we anticipated and that’s quite good,” she said.
“It means our students’ grades are getting higher and they’re more competitive,” she added.
Dk Dr Nurolaini said that students needed three Bs in A Level science subjects, equivalent to 300 UCAS tariff points, to apply for the pharmacy programme.
According to her, the programme and curriculum was designed in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Department at the Ministry of Health.
“Our ratio of pharmacists to the population is still very low, and we have recognised the need for more pharmacists in Brunei. That is why the programme is being offered this year,” Dk Dr Nurolaini said.
Based on information posted on the UBD website, the Bachelor of Health Science (Pharmacy) programme is a four-year undergraduate programme which will see students spend time on practical and clinical work, and on clinical placements in the community and hospital pharmacies for their third year’s Discovery Year.
Dk Dr Nurolaini also said that the new programme opens up new avenues for employment, and for young people to contribute their services to the nation.
Graduates of the programme will be able to venture into clinical pharmacy at clinics and hospitals, community pharmacies which cater to local communities, or industrial pharmacy to undertake research alongside large pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer.
The programme may also potentially open up a new industry of halal pharmaceuticals, where Brunei can place itself on the forefront of producing halal medicines and supplements, she said.
The IHS deputy dean also said that the programme was designed to be in line with the objectives of the National Vision 2035 and UBD’s 2020 Vision to nurture students to be entrepreneurial and innovative with wide-ranging skills across disciplines.
The Brunei Times