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[Press Release] Asia Pacific Champs

Kuala Lumpur, 4 March 2019: Four students from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) brought pride to their university and the country as they emerged as the Champion Team at the 2019 Ernst & Young (EY) Asia-Pacific Cyber Hackathon Challenge.
The Hackathon took place in Hong Kong on 3rd March 2019. It was an international arena for top universities from across the Asia-Pacific to compete on strategic thinking, reasoning and technical programming skills. University teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia were amongst the finalists.


All participating teams were required to work on a real-life cyber experience that challenges them to ‘capture the flags’ by completing various custom-made scenarios.


Team “FetchOrbis” from APU comprising Yap Chee Sing, Mun Chee Wah, Imran Esack Dawoodjee and Hassan Zayan Azzam from the School of Computing & Technology (SoCT) achieved the most points at the end of the challenge. They eventually championed the challenge and walked away with HKD20,000 (equivalent to RM10,380).


The students are part of the Cyber Security and Software Engineering programmes at APU. This is their first time participating in the EY Asia-Pacific Cyber Hackathon Challenge.


 “This has been an incredible learning experience for us as we are still very new to the competitive scene. The competition emulated real world environments and scenarios really well and it certainly was challenging,” expressed Hassan Zayan Azzam, member of team “FetchOrbis”, as he recalled the memorable experience.


Congratulations Team FetchOrbis! They made us proud by demonstrating not only knowledge and skills in cyber security but also the necessary passion, dedication, team-spirit, problem-solving skills and emotional intelligence to be able to withstand the demands and pressure which comes in any hackathon,” expressed Surpriya Singh, Head of School of Technology, APU.

Showcasing an Edge in Technology

Lecturers and students from the School of Computing & Technology demonstrated innovative projects at the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2019 that was held recently. We are pleased to share with you that all 5 projects developed by our teams walked away with awards in both the “Mentor Mentee Awards” and the “Education Innovation Awards” categories.    

Our teams’ success is as displayed below:
 
Mentor Mentee AwardsProject SynopsisParticipantsAward

Project Name:

C-Heart: Augmented Reality Of 3D Heart Anatomy

M-Learning application to learn about Heart anatomy through Augmented Reality.

  • Aida Zamnah Binti Zainal Abidin
  • Muhammad Biki Saputra
  • Amni Amira Binti Redzuan
  • Nor Amanina Binti Zamri
  • Chen Tet Khuan
Silver

Project Name:

Cake Frenzy: An Easy & Enjoyable Way To Learn About Indonesian Cultures Through A Mobile Game

Game-based learning application on learning different cultures and cakes of Indonesia.

  • Aida Zamnah Binti Zainal Abidin
  • Salsabila Patria Wibowo
  • Pang Wen Horng
  • Nor Hilman Amri Bin Shaiful Amri
  • Muhammad Fauzan Apriyani
  • Chen Tet Khuan
Bronze
Education Innovation AwardsProject SynopsisParticipantsAward

Project Name:

EduQRation

A web-based application using a QR code as a tool in assisting the learning activities.

  • Mohamad Firdaus Che Abdul Rani
  • Vinothini Kasinathan
  • Nor Azlina Abd Rahman
Silver

Project Name: 

Web-Based Learning tool for primary school students with Dyscalculia

A web-based application in teaching Mathematics subject for special children with dyscalculia in primary school

  • Mohamad Firdaus Che Abdul Rani
  • Nor Azlina Abd Rahman
  • Rizawati Rohizan
Silver

Project Name:

Smuggy

Smuggy is a fun-filled web application security learning platform that is designed to teach its users about the various security issues that are associated with a poorly designed web application that is deployed on the Internet today. Smuggy is able to serve as a risk-free platform to provide the proof-of-concept on showing the consequences when the web application security is neglected by the developer

  • Kua Wee Seng
  • Yusnita Yusof
  • Nor Azlina Abd Rahman
  • Dr Ma’en Tayseer Ekrayem
  • Yogeswaran Nathan
Silver

The Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2019 is a prestigious platform for inventors and innovators to showcase their findings. During the exhibition, our students had the opportunity to pitch their projects to industry professionals. We are pleased that our teams obtained positive feedback, as they demonstrated a great level of enthusiasm and professionalism.

   

We are proud of our teams; it was an amazing experience for the students, while it provides them with real-life exposure and an opportunity to interact with industry professionals.

[Press Release] A Perfect Blend of Creativity, Ingenuity and Technology

Kuala Lumpur, 10 December 2018: A cross-faculty and trans-disciplinary effort among students and staff from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) and the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) led to the production of the university concept car named - Invictus.

The Invictus was a working prototype designed and assembled by team Invictus to compete in the Proton DRB-Hicom Creative Car Challenge (PD3C) 2018 which was concluded on 8 December. The car emerged as the champion of the challenge and the team walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000. In addition, Khoo Wern Sheung, Year 3 student of the BA (Hons) Transport Design programme, who was part of the team also achieved a 3rd Prize at the Design Battle.

Prior to the final challenge, the team from APU was one of the 13 finalists at the PD3C pitching session held in March 2018. At the pitching session, the team proposed to use the Proton Preve as the base model of the Invictus’s concept design. They were then given a Proton Preve and were required to re-design and re-engineer the given car model with brand new ideas and concepts.

Under the guidance of academic staff from the School of Media, Arts & Design (SoMAD) at APIIT, 20 students from the Product Design, Transport Design and Engineering disciplines worked on sketching, designing, modelling, assembling and styling the Invictus over 9 months.

 

Animation and Visual Effects students applied their skills and knowledge in creating the promotion video and designing the electronic display panels available within Invictus.

Personnel from the PD3C committee visited the team and were kept updated of the progress twice throughout the progression. The car development process was fully documented in the logbook as required by the organizers.

This was the first concept car assembled by APU & APIIT students, as they participated in the PD3C for the first time.

The car featured futuristic design elements that cater for urban living lifestyle, in line with APU’s nature of being a technology-savvy and innovative university. Some key features on the concept car include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) integrated headlamps
  • Integrated side view cameras to replace traditional wing mirrors
  • Smart Auto Door with Facial Recognition System
  • Fully digital Infotainment System
  • High-pressure front windshield to replace traditional wipers
  • Touch-screen and fully-interactive panel to replace traditional dashboard, speedometer, odometer and fault indicators
  • Front lower radar sensor to detect uneven objects or surfaces ahead

 

Khoo Wern Sheung, Year 3 student of the BA (Hons) Transport Design programme, also participated in the Design Battle that was held as part of the competition. His hand-sketched design of a compact car based on the theme given, ‘Fish’, emerged as the 3rd Prize Winner of the Battle.

Overwhelmed by their victory at the competition, Invictus team member, Lee Kian Chong, expressed his gratitude to the university lecturers and his team mates for the support. “It’s been such a wonderful experience! There were times we felt frustrated but with great team work we are proud of the final outcome. I am really proud to be part of the team. We manage to turn the impossible to possible,” said Lee.

Saifullizan Bin Abdul Wahab, academic staff of APIIT, recalled the team’s efforts and the strong passion demonstrated by the staff and students over the 9 months while working on the Invictus, “The Invictus born out of teamwork among all staff and students, as well as the strong support by the management and our colleagues at APU and APIIT. Team Invictus had a challenging yet memorable 9 months; I am thankful to all students and staff who had worked on the Invictus tirelessly. Our hard work paid off!” 

The team worked with passion, perseverance and dedication to achieve a concept that is revolutionary. An awesome effort by students and staff from across different schools, working together as an integrated effort,” commended Datuk Parmjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of APIIT Education Group.

The Invictus is on display at APU’s campus located in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil from 10 December 2018 onwards. For more information about the Invictus, follow them on social media: Invictus – APIIT (Facebook) / invictus.apiit (Instagram).

The Top University Goes To.. APU!

 

We are announced as the Top University at the KPMG Cyber Challenge 2018!

Our teams achieved tremendously, at the recently concluded competition. Among all universities that participated, our students achieved the highest number of awards in various categories, with their outstanding skills and knowledge in the cyber security field.

The challenge was a 4th installation initiated by KPMG, to nurture undergraduates on their ability to develop innovative, real-world cyber security solutions. Apart from the main “Cyber Security Challenge” track, KPMG’s strategic partners, Netpoleon, Google Cloud, FireEye and IET developed different tracks to assess participants on based different technologies. Our students’ have attained awards in the following categories:

Based on the highest number of awards achieved by our teams, we emerged as the Overall Champion and are now recognized as the Top University at the challenge!  Without doubt, this excellent performance was a result of dedication and effort by the mentors, Dr. Meisam Eslahi, Ms. Maryam Var Naseri, and Mr. Umapathy Eaganathan who have assisted, guided as well as supported the teams towards their success.

Double Win at Hack @ 10

We are pleased to share that our students attained marvelous achievements at the Hack@10 competition, that was held at University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) recently. Hack@10 is a security competition to search new security talents among the competing students and to reward those who have successfully demonstrated their Cyber Security knowledge and skills. 
 
APU Forensics & Cybersecurity Research Centre (FSec) Student Section coordinated and arrange the participation of our students in the competition, who were spread into three teams:
 
hashcow: Choong Chih Xien (APU), Alexandr Sukhamera (APU) 
Cmonster: Rueben Ng Yuan Jiun, Pea Jia Ying and Lee Liang Foong 
Leviathan: Teng Chee Yuen, Barath a/l Siva Kumar and Imran Esack Dawoodjee 
 
 
 
These teams were supported by Yusnita Yusof, Nor Azlina Abd Rahman and Yogeswaran A/L Nathan from the Network, Security and Forensic (NSF) academic group under the School of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET) and who also members of FSec.
 
After an intense 6-hour competition, two of our teams, hashcow and Leviathan won as the Champion & 2nd Runner Up. They received cash prizes of RM3000 and RM1000 respectively. Cmonster managed to be at 10th place, sharing the same score with 4 other teams (7th - 10th places). Great to know that all of our teams were among the Top 10!
 
Congrats to APU teams for job well done! 


APU Cricket Team Wins Bronze

We are happy and pleased to share with you that our APU Cricket Club won the Bronze Medal in the prestigious SUKAN INSTITUSI PENDIDIKAN TINGGI - SUKIPT 2018 which was held earlier this month. The annual sports event was jointly organized by Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) with the cooperation of the IPT Sports Council (MASUM, MSP, MASKOM and MASISWA) took the initiative to organize SUKIPT 2018 at UKM, Bangi.
 
Cricket was introduced in SUKIPT 2018 for the first time in history, and we are glad that our cricket team was able to attain the Bronze Medal. The tournament saw participation from Malaysian public and private universities; it was an uphill battle for the team, but we were glad that they made it. 
 
Kudos to the team for the outstanding success; under the facilitation and encouragement by Mentor, Prof. Siva Muthaly. 


Cricketing Success

We are thrilled to announce that our APU Cricket Team was crowned champions in 2 tournaments that were held earlier this month!  
 
Firstly, under the leadership of Shaunvinder Singh, the team championed the “10th Kajang SCA International Cricket Sixes 2018"  held at Kinrara International Cricket Ground on the first week of February 2018. It was indeed a great leap towards success for the APU Cricket Team, who fought 12 International Teams to reach the finals and win the championship. Star players of the team, Azwar & Zubair won the best “Best Batsmen” and the “Best Bowler” awards respectively as well.
 
In addition, within the same week, the team also championed the “APU-SUNWAY Cricket Series Championship", that was arranged under the T10 and T20 formats with 5 Matches. APU team won the series; in addition, Asif, Usman & Faisual from our team were crowned the Man of the Match winners.
 
Huge congratulations to the team, we are absolutely proud of them! Credit also goes to the team Advisors, Leo Gertrude, Edwin Pio Rufus and Arun Seeralan, who have been working meticulously to prepare the team ready for the tournament, as well as leading APUCC towards the path of glory, under the supervision of Illangovan Thirumal, Sports Development Executive. We look forward to hearing more good news from the team!

Soaring Upwards - APU Achieved 5 STAR University Status - Awarded by MOHE Malaysia

We continue to SOAR UPWARDS!

 With great pleasure, we would like to share that APU attained the 5-Star (Excellent) Rating in the Emerging University category in the recent SETARA 2017 Ratings Exercise.
  
The award ceremony was held at Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, in which our Co-Founder & CEO, Datuk Parmjit Singh received the award certificate from Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, YB Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
 
SETARA Rating is a rating instrument for all Malaysian Universities (Public and Private) developed by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), based on a seven-step methodology including national and international benchmarking, stakeholders’ engagement, pilot run, data verification and sensitivity and validity analysis. Four main criteria were audited by 90 senior auditors from MOHE – general, teaching and learning, research and innovation, and services. For SETARA 2017, the Ministry used information compiled in 2016. 
 
With this 5-Star attainment,  APU is placed among the top 10 emerging Malaysian Universities among 105 Malaysian universities. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS to all staff & students; this excellent rating is a testimony of our efforts delivering the best teaching and learning experience, as well as providing excellent support services to our students. 
 
May we continue to SOAR UPWARDS!

 

We are now a Premier Digital Tech University!

We are proud to share that APU is now a Premier Digital Tech University in Malaysia!

Today, we received the Premier Digital Tech University status from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). This recognition was a result of our efforts in providing top-notch technology courses and producing highly-employable graduates within the technology industry.

Our CEO, Datuk Parmjit Singh received the certificate of recognition from the Minister of Higher Education, YB Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh today. Under this status, we will collaborate with key industry players such as IBM and Fusionex to deliver curricula that are up to the industry's expectations, in order to address the needs of technology graduates. Our students will now be accessible to wide range of resources, internship and job opportunities with top technological firms in Malaysia.

Congratulations to all students, lecturers and staff of APU; your excellence is our key to success! May we look forward to achieving greater heights.

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!

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