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Designing Transport Of The Future

After our victory for designing the Invictus at Proton-DRB HICOM Creative Car Challenge last year, our Transport Design students attained awards again for their outstanding designing skills, combined with futuristic and technology-centric thinking! At the recently concluded GML Bus Body & Interior Design Competition, we are proud to share that our students from the School of Media, Arts & Design (SoMAD) bagged the championship and the 3rd Place!

The competition was held in conjunction with Gemilang Coachwork (GML)’s 30th Anniversary, to encourage more talents to be involved in the design of buses which forms an integral part of our daily lives in Malaysia and around the world. Being amongst the industry leaders of bus manufacturers, Gemilang Coachworks has a clientele from more than 10 markets worldwide, including Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia and more.
Participants were required to design a City Bus, while considering both the interior and exterior aspects, as well as the functionality, practicality and the safety of the design. From the research report to the sketches and final presentations, students went through an enriching 6-months journey as they applied their design skills and practical knowledge to develop concepts of modern city buses. Under the guidance of our lecturers of the programme - Mr. Safullizan Abdul Wahab & Ms. Christine Lim Pei Shin, our Champion student, Chandraguna Bandaralage Bertholameuz Dinidu Thejana Perera stood above the rest with his semi-electric concept bus design, whereas the 2nd Runner Up team, comprising Khoo Wen Sheong & Timothy Chow Tian Le excelled with a chameleon concept design, that embeds digital advertising on bus panels. Both teams were invited to attend GML’s 30th Anniversary celebration, where they also had the opportunity to tour around the factory, learning about how busses were assembled and made.


HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Chandraguna, Wen Sheong & Timothy for their amazing success! Their ability to shine in another arena of transport design has again proven that our students have the capability to design and think for the future. We look forward to seeing a bus designed by our students moving around the city someday!