Event raises awareness, competencies, and funds for blindness prevention cause of Management and Science University (MSU)
Poor eyesight seems an unlikely contender on the scale of world health problems but uncorrected vision affects almost a third of the world population. This translates into billions impaired from achieving their true potential, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating a two-hundred-billion-dollar yearly loss of productivity. Management and Science University (MSU) teams up with industry to advance its cause for blindness prevention.
MSU Eye Carnival 2018 not only brought vision health’s importance into focus but also real-world skills to the university’s future eye-care professionals. The annual event jointly organized by MSU Eye Centre (MEC), MSU Optometry Students Club (OSC), and the Department of Optometry and Vision Science (DOVS) of the MSU Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS) had students in charge of the week’s activities to develop their personal as well as professional competencies.
“Leadership, organizing skills, and soft skills will develop holistic, balanced, well-rounded students,“ said Management and Science University (MSU) President, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid, at his launch of MSU Eye Carnival 2018, “and the industry exposure will sharpen entrepreneurial skills, producing graduate job seekers aware and capable of job creating opportunities,” he added.
Integrated activities of the eye carnival help develop holistic, balanced, well-rounded future graduates
MSU Eye Carnival 2018 presented eye-screening facilities, product booths, a poster competition, a personality grooming workshop, professional development short courses, and the Junior Optometrist Challenge (JOC). A highlight of the launch was the Contact Lens Fashion Runway competition, where students and their lecturers paraded the Black Illusion and Lavendar Iris colour contact lenses supplied by event partner Alcon Vision Care (M) Sdn Bhd.
This was followed by a special guest performance of the traditional Kuda Kepang dance by students of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Jalan U3 Subang Perdana, one of the many schools receiving vision aid through the community engagement work of Management and Science University (MSU). Blindness prevention is one of MSU’s core research areas. With many children across the world belonging to families who can’t even afford an eye examination, such an aid reduces the statistics while helping children see better, achieve more, and excel in school.
A contribution to the MSU cause for sight, from Hoya (M) Sdn Bhd
A contribution to the university’s cause for sight was received by Professor Tan Sri Dr Shukri from Hoya (M) Sdn Bhd, presented by the company’s Senior Commercial Development Manager Mr K. S. Tan. In attendance at the launch were Alcon Business Development Manager Ms Ranukka Singham and Affin Islamic Bank Berhad Branch Manager Mr Fadlan Zainuddin. Other industry sponsors of MSU Eye Carnival 2018 were Alcon Pharmaceutical (M) Sdn Bhd, Essilor (M) Sdn Bhd, Frames and Lenses Sdn Bhd, Optimax Sdn Bhd, Malaya Optical Group, Optic Eyecom (M) Sdn Bhd, ST Eyewear Sdn Bhd, Ramsay Sime Darby, and the Selangor State Secretary.
Management and Science University (MSU) offers a 4-year Bachelor in Optometry (Honours) programme and a 3-year Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing programme. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS) Department of Optometry and Vision Science (DOVS) organizes the biennial Optometry and Vision Science Exhibition and Seminar (MOVES) in collaboration with MSU Eye Centre (MEC), the well-equipped on-campus facility offering a wide range of clinical and commercial services in optometry and vision science and promoting blindness prevention through community engagement activities.
MSU Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing
Optometry and vision science students fully engaged throughout MSU Eye Carnival 2018