March 21, 2021, by Lee Mei Kee
Alumni Testimonial – Pang Li Yin (2016)
This article is written by Pang Li Yin, MPharm Class of 2016.
Where are you working/ studying presently?
I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student in University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) under the supervision of Prof Ting Kang Nee. My research focuses on the treatment of overactive bladder. Before this, I worked as a community pharmacist in the UK for three years, including one year of pre-registration training. Those three years of working experience in the UK have been some of the best experiences in my life, and it certainly would not be possible without the MPharm at University of Nottingham UK (UoN).
Why did you decide to study at UNM? How has your degree at UNM prepared to be where you are today?
I decided to study Pharmacy because of my passion for the science behind medicines and its diverse career pathway. Knowing that UoN is one of the best institutions globally for pharmacy and pharmacology, and the MPharm 2+2 programme at UNM allowed me to experience university student life in my home country and the UK, I have never given it a second thought. Looking back, it was indeed a brilliant decision. The course emphasises shaping its students into holistic healthcare professionals, including myself, covering each element from drug discovery to patient care delivery. Undeniably, there were times I felt challenged and confused, but, thankfully, I was given enormous support from the university – our passionate and knowledgeable lecturers as well as well-equipped libraries.
What did you love most about your student life with MPharm 2+2?
One of the most memorable experiences in UoN was doing my research project on the anti-diabetic properties of several novel compounds. Being surrounded by both state-of-art facilities and world-class expertise was such an incredible experience. That was also when I started to think about pursuing academic research as my future career. Apart from studying, there were many activities available to enrich our student life. As a travel enthusiast, I joined the UoN Travel Society and was part of the committee to organise trips around UK and Europe. I also took up a summer work placement in Pescara, Italy where I lived with the locals and had numerous cultural exchange sessions.
What is your advice to current or prospective MPharm students?
To all prospective and current MPharm students, science is inseparable from our daily life. Pay attention to every single detail, be inspired and motivated. One day, you will surely be an inspiration to others.