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Karate Champions

We are pleased to announce that APU Karate Team achieved a satisfying result at Kejohanan Karate Tertutup Pengajian Tinggi Swasta, Sekolah Menengah & Sekolah Rendah Peringkat Kuala Lumpur 2017 (Kuala Lumpur Private Universities, High Schools and Primary Schools Karate Closed Championships), which was held earlier last month.

It was a national tournament that saw approximately 200 participants from primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities across Malaysia. This was a great platform for participants to participate in tournaments in order to sharpen their skills and techniques for further progressions and even achievements. 

 

APU Karate Team made up of 13 participants, 1 team coach and 1 team manager. There are a few junior members, who never had the experience of participating in a Karate open championship and the tournament was their first opportunity to perform their skills to foster endurance and enthusiasm in self-defence inside them. Generally, all our members demonstrated an outstanding performance and soaring spirits at the competition, which resulted in the victory of the team for universities. All in a whole, the APU Karate team had won 1 Gold and 2 Bronze medals in all the categories. 

   

It was an amazing achievement to the team; this would definitely not stop them from engaging themselves in karate tournaments. Let’s look forward to hearing good news from them!

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  

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!

It's a Clean Sweep! APU Student Teams Won All Top 3 Awards at Big App Challenge 3.0

The year of award winnings is not yet over!

We are pleased so share that 3 teams from APU attained all of the top 3 awards, as they emerged as the Champion, 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner Up award winners of the Academic Track of Big App Challenge 3.0, that was organized by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). 

In August, the Asia Pacific Centre of Analytics (APCA) organized the APU Data Science Week & the APU Big Data Week Hackathon, which served as a qualifying round into the semi-finals and the later stages of the challenge. The challenge took place over several months; participants had to attend several rounds of ideas and prototype presentations, workshops and debate sessions upon the panel of judges, who were appointed by MDEC, before advancing to the Semi Finals and Grand Finals. 

 

We are also pleased to know that all 5 teams from APU who performed astoundingly at the Big Data Week Hackathon, successfully advanced into the semi-finals; eventually, three teams were selected for the Grand Finals, and all three teams bagged awards that night!

Our champion team stood out among all participants with the project, Affinity Analysis and Prediction (AAP), which aims to reduce university drop-out rates by identifying students’ strengths and interests through data analytics. The team comprises Chin Koh Shian, Dickson Pang Yee Sheng, Hiew Ming An and Manigandran Ramanathan; they walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000.00.

 

In addition, two more projects from APU teams, WG - Movie Theatre Advertising System using Analytics by  Ng Wen Ge, and Superlon – Analytics System that reduces the risk of underweight babies by Khor Tze Hym, Lim Sing Shu, Ng Kok An, Lim Jin Xong and Ng Kok Wah, bagged the 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up awards of the Academic Track at the Big App Challenge 3.0 respectively.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to all three teams; good job and well done to their academic mentors, Dr. Kadhar Badhsa Nowshath, Mohd Najib, Dr. Raja Rajeswari and Dr. Ryan Ho Ming Kang for your efforts in guiding the teams towards their success. 

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