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Maybank Design Hack Competition 2017

“Creativity is intelligence having fun!” – Albert Einstein

Our students from the School of Media, Arts and Design (SOMAD) recently participated in a design hackathon challenge by Maybank Malaysia, and recorded awesome results. 

The hackathon focused on designing the bank’s future self-service terminals, in which participants undertook a design challenge to come up with creative ideas on how a self-service terminal should look like in the future. Entries were submitted to Maybank as  Maybank notified shortlisted participants a few days later to attend a briefing at their innovation centre. 

Our students from the  Multimedia Technology, Animation, Advertising & Brand Management, Product Design & Transport Design programmes, Winnie Tan Jia Jie, Ainur Bagitova, Waad Sayed Hameed Saeed Jaafar Alawi Shehab and Team Creatifixion (Clara, Safira, Timothy and Vinny qualified into the Individual and Group Categories respectively. They were invited to Maybank Tower for the final pitch session, in which they presented their idea followed by a comprehensive Q&A session by the panel of judges. 

Waad, our student of the BA (Hons) in Animation programme achieved 2nd Runner Up at the final pitch and walked away with a cash prize of RM1000. His excellent performance was a result of dedication and effort by the mentors, Mr. Teay Siew Yen, Mr. Saiful, Ms. Christine, Mr. Harsha Rao, and Ms. Rizawati who have assisted, guided as well as supported them to success. Kudos to SOMAD and the students! We look forward to seeing more creative juices flowing among them in the future.

Smart Logo Design for Smart Selangor

The next time we look at Smart Selangor’s logo, we will feel a sense of pride, as the hands behind the design of Smart Selangor’s official logo now belong to Winnie Tan Jia Ci, our Year 3 student of the BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology programme.

Winnie participated in the Smart Selangor Design Hack, a logo design competition organized by the Selangor government last month, which saw participation from 22 Multimedia and Design students who came from local and private universities nationwide. 

Smart Selangor is an organization initiated by the Selangor State Government that aims to transform the state into a Premier Smart State in ASEAN by 2025, through the implementation of effective technology infrastructure to improve the quality of life of Selangor folk.

 

Winnie worked with all participants for 24-hours non-stop, together with the Smart Selangor Delivery Unit, the corporate communication team of Menteri Besar Selangor Incorporated and their branding team, Brand Geeks Incorporated. In total, 22 logos were produced, of which, the best 3 were selected and presented to Y.A.B. Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor, Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali. Apart from Winnie, Ainur Bagitova, also from the BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology programme, was also selected as one of the finalists.

At her presentation, Winnie described her logo’s concept, which is based on “Synergy & Connection”, in which she incorporated design elements that represent both the Rakyat and the State, working hand-in-hand in a dynamic, fluid and organic matter. This is supported by the fusion of technology as the enabler to drive and deliver a people-centric Smart Selangor.

The logo was unveiled at the Selangor International Expo 2017 earlier this month. Winnie’s logo design was selected as the official logo of Smart Selangor, and she walked away with a cash prize of RM3,000 and a Certificate of Achievement, presented by the Chief Executive Officer of Invest Selangor, Dato’ Hasan Azhari Idris and Project Manager of Smart Selangor Delivery Unit, Mazlan Mahadi.

Excellence in Mathematics - APU Students Achieved 2nd Runner Up at National Mathematics Competition

We have one more award in our bag!

One of our students, Wong Kar Fai, excelled at the 12th National Mathematics Competition was that held in UTAR Sungai Long on 17th June 2017. The competition was jointly organized by UTAR Mathematics Society and the Centre of Mathematical Science. 

The competition was divided into three categories, namely Theory of Everything, The Running Maths and The Mathketeers. More than 200 participants from more than 20 schools, colleges and universities around Malaysia took part in this competition.

Our students led by Mr. Saw Looi Beng participated in all the three categories. They all demonstrated their best performance. Wong Kah Fai, our first year student from BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Studies, School of Accounting, Finance and Quantitative Studies (SAFIQS) won the 2nd runner up in The Running Maths category. Well done Kar Fai!

Unleashing the Creativity - School of Media, Arts & Design Students Excelled at ACA World Championship 2017

Creativity is the key to success, and our students certainly knew how to showcase their creativity in the global arena!

We are proud to share that 3 of our students, Ainur Bagitova, Wong Chun Yew (BSC (Hons) in Multimedia Technology) and Clara Angelina (BA (Hons) in Advertising & Brand Management) were selected among 600 entries to be part of the top 30 finalists of the ACA World Championship Malaysia 2017 Grand Finale, a global competition that tests students’ design skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. This competition was open to all institutions of higher learning, secondary schools, colleges and polytechnics, in which students whose major is in Art & Design were given a platform to showcase their work on a wider scale.

Our students worked on a poster under the theme, “Our Reefs Our Future”, in which the concept was developed to help Reef Check Malaysia, a NGO that is concerned about the coral reefs in Malaysia. Under the supervision of Mr. Leo Gertrude David and Ms. Debbie Liew, the students produced attractive posters in 1 months’ time, as shown below. 

Ainur Bagitova

Wong Chun Yew  

Clara Angelina  

 
This opportunity of participating in the global arena was an eye-opener for our students, who discovered the potential employment opportunities within the Art & Design fields. Congratulations to Ainur, Chun Yew and Clara for a good job well done, and we look forward to seeing shine in their future pathways!
 


Clara Angelina  

International Intellectual Exposition (IIEX) 2017 - APU Teams Attained 3 Medals at Exhibition cum Competition

Teams of APU students from the School of Computing & Technology continue to uphold their proud tradition of competition excellence by securing the Best Poster Award, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal at the recently concluded International Intellectual Exposition (IIEX) 2017, that was held at the Ancasa Hotel and Spa, Kuala Lumpur. 

Our participation was deemed an impressive one because our students were among the youngest participants, as they competed directly against postgraduate students who came from various universities in Malaysia. Despite their young age, our students showed utmost confidences while they conducted their presentation to the panel of judges. Team Briend that comprised Megha Shailesh Patani and Karthikesan Kannan walked away with the Gold Medal and the Best Poster Prize. On the other hand, Ooi Shu He, Wong Chun Wai and Kho Zhi Yuen from Team AiRa and Vikna Raj, Larvania Somasundram, Winnie Tan Jia Ci, Loh Angie from Team Bracemed walked away with Bronze Medals, as a result of their excellent pitching skills during the exhibition.

All teams were mentored by Vinothini Kasinathan and Aida Zamnah from the School of Computing & Technology. Congratulations to the teams and their mentors, who have devoted tremendous efforts in preparing themselves for the competition! Experiences like these have definitely helped our students by exposing them to the industry out there.

   

Heated Up for the Fame!

Young and bold, 6 Diploma students – Yana Azia Muhammad Adib, Kho Zhi Yuen @ Summer, Saveetha Ganesan, Fong Suo Xuan, Ooi Shu He and Ng Pei Jia represented APU as the youngest participants in the Famelab Malaysia 2017 KL Heat, that was organized by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) recently. Famelab, being one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world, took place at Petrosains, KLCC this year, and saw participation from 56 Science, Technology & Mathematics (STEM) professionals and researchers.  

At the competition, participants were required to deliver a 3-minute presentation on a scientific, technological or mathematical concept to the panel of judges, who then asked questions and provided feedback to the participants. Despite being the youngest participants, APU students demonstrated their utmost confidence and won compliments from the judges. Kho Zhi Yuen @ Summer from Diploma in Information & Communications Technology (ICT) with a specialism in Software Engineering stood out among all participants. Her bubbly and confident personality wow-ed the judges, in which they selected her to be one of the Top 10 finalists of the competition. She was also the youngest finalist among all! 

 

     

The students were mentored by Ms. Vinothini and Ms. Aida from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET), in which they also organized the APU Avant Garde 2016 in a similar format. Coming up next, Summer will represent APU to compete in the National Famelab, that will take place on 6 May 2017. 

Below are some newspaper clippings that featured the event:

    

Congratulations and good job to all students who participated; good luck to Summer, let’s wish the best for her upcoming challenges at the National Famelab 2017!

Record Breaking Success (cont.) - Team Continues to Succeed at International APICTA @ Taipei

Following their success as the Winner for MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2016, Ngie Kok Sin and John Lim Hong Aun,  Year 3 Mechatronic Engineering students, made APU and Malaysia proud at the international arena as well! At the International APICTA Awards 2016, they attained the Merit Winner at the "Oscars of IT", with their innovative solution, the Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients​. They were mentored by ​Vickneswari Durairajah and Suresh Gobee during the 9 months of preparation before participating in the Malaysia APICTA Awards and the International APICTA Awards.

Congratulations to the team! We are absolutely proud of you!

SUCCESS IN CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION - APU Students Bag Grand Prize of ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge

Here comes another success story!

We are proud to share that our students from the APU School of Engineering (SoE) successfully emerged as the Winner for the recently concluded ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge. The winning team comprises Chama Serenja, Mohammad Haadi Goolfee & Ting Ding Ching, who are Year 3 Electrical and Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering students.

Their innovative idea, the ‘Low Cost Integrated Smart Systems’ stood out among all other local and private universities in Malaysia in the ‘Undergraduate’ category, in which the duo attained the prestige award. Prior to the participation in the competition, the team worked hard on the proposal and presentation for 1 month, under the supervision and mentorship of Vickneswari Durairajah, as well as the advice and support from several lecturers from the School of Engineering – Mr. Suresh Gobee, Dr. Freddy Tan Kheng Suan and Dr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei. The duo walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000, being the Grand Prize Winner of the competition, despite being the first-timer in the arena.

The competition’s objective was to stimulate creativeness and innovative thinking amongst undergraduates, apart from building an interactive platform between the academic circle and industry experts. The competition core theme was “Smart Technology, Intelligent Upgrading”. The winning team chose “Smart Grid and City” category, in which they developed a proposal and presentation on their idea that elaborates a new alternative way of implementing the smart grid system at low cost, by storing excessive energy from the power plant and generating more efficient power using compressed air via Tesla turbine. 

Let’s put our hands together to congratulate them for the astonishing achievements! Utmost gratitude is also dedicated to the team’s mentors and supervisors who guided the team towards success.

Dutch World's University Debating Championship (WUDC) 2017 - APU Debating Team Placed Second in Worldwide Debating Finals

Here comes the first good news of the year!

Our heartfelt congratulations to APU Debating Team A, comprising Eric Onuoha and Sadiq Ayinde on their successful outing at the just concluded Worlds University Debating Championship Dutch Worlds 2017.  The team broke 7th in the English as a second Language category and made it all the way to the finals, in what was an intense debate round; the team came second in the finals losing on a 5-4 split decision among the 9 panel of judges to the eventual Champion Tel Aviv A. 

Nevertheless, it was an extremely remarkable success and we are proud of the boys! We look forward to hearing more success stories in this upcoming academic year of 2017!

Making a Difference with Innovative Technology

“Innovation is a change that unlocks a new value” – Jamie Notter

We are pleased to share that 4 student teams from APU attained awards at the Invention & Innovation Competition for Private Institutions of Higher Learning (PERINTIS) that was held at Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN) recently. The exhibition cum competition that saw participation from over 200 education institutes was co-organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) and supported by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

At the competition, our students prepared poster presentations of their innovative technologies that address the theme, “Better Brighter for Sustainable Future”. Under the mentorship of Vinothini Kasinathan, Aida Zamnah and Dr Maythem Kamal Abbas Al-Adili, our students performed excellently at the poster presentation session. Each team walked away with an award, as listed below:

AwardProject NameStudentsMentor
SilverBraceMed: "Miss your meds no more"

Larviania  A/P Somasundram

Lo An Gie

Winnie Tan Jia Ci

Vinothini Kasinathan

Bronze 

i-cHeart bSihat  

Choo Jun Yip

Jaedon Tan Yung-Ming 

Vinothini Kasinathan
Aida Zamnah

Bronze

FitJournal

Yasmine Chan Pui San

Ibrahim Mushfau Saeed

Dr Maythem Kamal Abaas Al-Adili

Bronze

Multi-Level Encryption

Raabiah Mukadam

Dr Maythem Kamal Abaas Al-Adili

   

It was an astonishing achievement for our students, considering that it was their first experience participating in this competition. Congratulations to all four teams; well done!

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