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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. 

We Went All-Out, As A Team!

Despite being new comer in the new format of the game, huge pressure on the team and stiff competition from other colleges & universities, the APU Cricket team secured a 2nd runner-up position at the Malaysian Cricket Association (Cricket Governing Body in Malaysia) – First Ever Indoor Cricket Championship 2016, held at Bayuemas Oval Indoor Cricket Stadium Sports complex in Klang, from Sunday, 27 November to Monday, 28 November 2016.


It was not a cakewalk for our boys to start the tournament with losing the opening match. But maintaining high pressure and huge expectation, Team did demonstrating fantastic teamwork and outstanding perseverance, 8-member team fought through the preliminary rounds to the semi-finals before securing the 2nd runner-up position. 

 


Kudos to the team for their competitive spirit and many thanks to the Club’s coaches Edwin Pio Rufus & Arun Seeralan and the Team Manager, Leo Gertrude who dedicated much effort in managing and training the APU team. Congratulations for the outstanding performance!

Debating Success

We are pleased to share that two of our debate teams, comprising Nurul Qistina Abdul Karim and Eric Onuoha (Team APU A) and Zhiyun Chia and Sadiq Ayinde (Team APU B) excelled at The Great Royal Gender Debate 2016, that was held at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) recently.
 
The Great Royal Gender Debate 2016, hosted by the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) in collaboration with Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), was an initiative to create a platform for youths to debate on social and gender issues faced in society.

Both APU teams demonstrated impressive performance, in which team APU A made it all the way to semi-finals, whereas team APU B made it all the way to the finals, and attained the 4th Place award. Do join us in congratulating the teams! Well done!

Our Student Made a Name for APU in Brazil

Our Mechatronic Engineering student, Hoy Chun Wai recently represented Malaysia in the Young Person World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) which took place in Araxa, Brazil. Prior to his entry into the global arena, Chun Wai was pronounced the winner of the National Materials Lecture Competition that took place at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in June this year.
 
YPWLC has been organized annually by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) UK since 2005. Sponsored by IOM3 and the support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subjects. The judges were from IOM3 and the main sponsor, CBMM.
 
At the competition, Chun Wai competed against other contestants from various countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, UK, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. Despite being the youngest contestant among all, Chun Wai received excellent feedback from the judges for his presentation on the title, “ Nanocellulose: Nature’s Answer to Energy Poverty”. Even though he didn’t win the first prize in Brazil, it was a great exposure for him. Based on his excellent performance, we are proud that he was on-par with other participants who were members of the industry. 
 

Congratulations to Chun Wai for this notable achievement! The credit goes to the coaching team from School of Engineering (SoE), that comprises Brian Lim, Jacqueline Lukose, Dr Lai Nai Shyan and Dr Lau Chee Yong. Since November 2015, the team has been planning and strategizing Chun Wai’s strength for the competition which included content development and mock lectures. 
 
Coming up next, APU will host the 2017 Malaysia IMM MLC Semifinals and Finals at our new campus. It will take place in February 2017 and May 2017 respectively, and will be chaired by Brian Lim Siong Chung from School of Engineering. As hosts for IMM 2017, we look forward to us continuing in the winning ways.

Record-Breaking Success - We Won Our 23rd APICTA Awards since 1999!

For the 23rd time since 1999, we have won ourselves an APICTA Award!

Our students from the APU School of Engineering (SoE) successfully emerged as the Winner for MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2016. The winning team comprises Ngie Kok Sin and John Lim Hong Aun, who are both Year 3 Mechatronic Engineering students.

Our students’ innovative invention, the ‘Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients’ stood out among all other universities in Malaysia in the ‘Best of Tertiary Student Project – Software/Hardware’ category. Prior to the participation in the competition, the duo has worked on the project for 9 months, under the supervision and mentorship of Vickneswari Durairajah and Suresh Gobee.

The APICTA Awards is an international awards program organized by APICTA, which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. Upon their victory in the Malaysia Finals, Kok Sin and John will be representing Malaysia in the International APICTA, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from Friday, 2 December to Monday, 5 December 2016.

Congratulations to them for the achievement! Let’s also join our hands together to wish them ‘all the best’ for the upcoming International APICTA in Taipei.

 

Exposure Towards Green Technology - APU Students Win Second Place at Greentech Youth Innovation Challenge (GTYIC) 2016

Here’s another good news to share!

Our students from the APU Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET) recently made their name at the first GreenTech Youth Innovation Challenge 2016, which was organised by GreenTech Malaysia, an organization under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), and Asia School of Business, in conjunction with the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2016.

Throughout the competition, our team of students, comprising Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Lee Jun On and Chan Kar Keng went through 5 stages of challenges, in which they were required to develop a prototype of a product that addresses the world’s environmental sustainability issues. Our students developed the “Intelligent Room System”, which made use of Arduino Nano, Motion & Light Sensors and Solid-state Relay to automate the switch of lights to save electricity.

Eventually, green technology is the future and we are glad that our students are exposed to it prior to their graduation. Congratulations to the team, who was mentored by Vickneswari Durairajah & Suresh Gobee, for this awesome achievement!

Enterprise Resource Management Challenge 2016: Malaysia Finals - APU co-hosted regional finals with Monsoon Sim

We are pleased to share that APU recently hosted the Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) Challenge 2016 – Malaysian Finals on September 17th, 2016 for the Northern and Central Region of Malaysia. The ERM Challenge was based on the SAP Endorsed Monsoon Sim ERP gamification modules, with objectives of equipping students with the necessary skills in using SAP as part of their tools to perform ERM. 12 teams from APU and other private & public universities in Malaysia participated in the challenge, and 3 of APU’s teams were ranked 3rd place, 4th place and 5th place respectively.

The challenge platform was provided by Monsoon Sim , who were represented by their President, Mr Abdy Taminshah and Singapore Director, Mr Alex Ong. Prof. Ron Edwards launched the challenge as inspired the crowd with his opening speech. The event was organised by the School of Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies, School of Computing and School of Foundation, represented by Ms Geetha A Rubasundram, Ms Vinothini Kasinathan and Ms  Abbhirami Sivarajan. Special appreciation to Mr Suresh Balasingam, Ms Lai Siew Fong, Ms Nalini Gebril, Mr Mohd Firdaus and to all staff who assisted to make this event a success. Hopefully with more events like this, we are able to ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary knowledge when it comes to industry practice, in which these knowledge are useful in their future career pathways.

 

Materials Lecture Champion - APU Student to Represent Malaysia at Material Lecture Competition Finals in Brazil

With great pride, we would like to share that our student, Hoy Chan Wai from School of Engineering (SoE), was crowned champion at the national finals of the Materials Lecture Competition that was held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) last week.

The competition saw participation from undergraduate and postgraduate students who came from Malaysian private and public universities. Since 2013, APU students have taken part in the Materials Lecture Competition and had qualified into the National Finals every year. This year, despite the strong competition from other contestants, Chun Wai’s outstanding presentation skills and technical content stood above the rest. Apart from being crowned as the champion of Malaysia’s Material Lecture Competition, Chun Wai was also nominated to represent Malaysia at the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) organised by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), which will take place in Brazil in October.
 

 


We are indeed very proud of Chun Wai’s achievement; good job and thumbs up to his mentors, Dr Lai Nai Shyan, Brian Lim Siong Chung, Jacqueline Lukose and Dr Lau Chee Yong, who had assisted and prepared Chun Wai in various areas, such as public speaking, material content and coordination with the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM).
 
In addition to the achievement, we are also glad to announce that APU had won the bid to host the 2017 Malaysia IMM MLC Semifinals and Finals at our new campus. It will take place in February 2017 and May 2017 respectively, and will be chaired by Brian Lim Siong Chung from School of Engineering.

The Nation's Pride - ATOS IT Challenge 2016

We have all waited for this moment of glory! 

Muhammad Alkautsar Sanusi, Abdulhamid Ahmed Ali, Gamma Rizkinata Satriana and Syahmi bin Suleiman, Level 2 students of the BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Mobile Technology and BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Information Systems Security, who represented Asia & Malaysia as one of the Top 3 Finalists at the ATOS IT Challenge 2016 Global Finals, were crowned as 1st Runner Up in Paris, France on the 14th of June 2016. What’s more? They also bagged the Social Media Award, thanks to their active engagement with their followers on the social media.

The team, under the mentorship of Hemalata Vasudavan from the APU School of Technology (SoT), battled through 8 months of planning, research and development of the ‘Go n Gone’ mobile application – an application that allows social media monitoring, filtering and deletion of inappropriate content. It was a remarkable achievement by our undergraduate students, as they competed with other finalists from the UK and France, who were made up of postgraduate & PhD students respectively.

Click here to read the interview reports with the team and their mentors, Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam and Ms. Hemalata Vasudavan about their secret recipe to success.

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