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Here We ‘Gold’ Again

We are thrilled to share this good news with you – APU has just been announced as the BEST Cybersecurity Education Provider in ASIA!

This spectacular achievement was announced by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards 2020 committee on their website. All nominations submitted were subjected to a judging process based on the demonstration of leadership, excellence and results in cybersecurity and a voting process by the Information Security Community, which consists of 400,000+ members on LinkedIn

What made this achievement greater was the fact that we are now receiving this award for the 2nd time in a row! As a continuation of our excellence since last year, we stood out among all nominations for our excellence in providing high-quality cybersecurity education, particularly through world-class facilities housed at the CyberSecurity Talent Zone and the outstanding competence demonstrated by our academic team.

The honour has also been recognized by Cybersecurity Insiders on their website. Huge CONGRATULATIONS to all of us for this astonishing achievement!

The Nation's Pride, Once (Twice) Again!

We’re proud that our excellence in cybersecurity has gone global! 

APU’s Cyber Security teams, Shellhound and Et3rnal brought the nation immense pride and joy as they emerged as the Champion and the 1st Runner up of the recently concluded Regional Cyber Challenge 2019 that was held in conjunction with the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Perth Conference.

Organised by Silensec and Cyber8Labs, Australia, the competition was a virtual competition that took place around the globe. Our teams prepared and went through the competition’s challenges at our Cyber Range, while they competed among 12 participating teams that came from 9 countries. 

Throughout the 5 hours of the competition, teams had to make use of their Incident Response skills to detect, respond and recover from cyber-attacks. It was an intense competition, as the teams’ capability were tested greatly through the challenging case scenarios, combined with the emergence of several vulnerabilities throughout the duration of the challenge. At the end of the challenge, both APU teams defeated their competitors and emerged as the TOP 2 TEAMS of the challenge!

At a recent prize giving ceremony held at our campus, both teams received their awards and certificates from Ms. Daisy Sinclair, Founder of Cyber8Lab Pty. Ltd., Australia, who flew here all the way from Australia to attend the ceremony.

CONGRATULATIONS to teams Shellhound & Et3rnal – thank you so much for making us proud! This achievement has once again proven that our students are capable to compete globally, as cybersecurity professionals of the future. The skills and knowledge possessed by them do not fall short of those who come from developed countries, and as graduates from a Malaysian university, they are definitely capable of standing in the eyes of the world!

Kudos to the teams’ mentors, Ms. Yusnita Yusof & Ms. Nor Azlina Abdul Rahman for their passion and dedication in leading the teams towards their success. Members of the 2 teams comprised:

Team Name


Shellhound – Champion

Mentor: Ms. Yusnita Yusof
Leader: Imran Esack Dawoodjee
Sritaran Doraisamy
Mohin Paramasivam

Et3rnal – 1st Runner Up

Mentor: Ms. Nor Azlina Abdul Rahman
Leader: Hains Jojo
Reza Ahmad Nugroho
Farzan Mohammed

NAPEI Award For Education Excellence

At a recent Award Presentation Ceremony organized by the National Association Of Private Educational Institutions (NAPEI), we are proud to receive the Education Excellence Award under the “Universities & University Colleges” category.

Our CEO, Datuk Parmjit Singh received the award on behalf of APIIT Education Group. With aims to recognize excellent institutions in various areas of the education industry, the NAPEI Award rates participating early childhood, primary, secondary, vocational, tertiary education providers and awards those who have achieved excellence within the industry. 

Several criteria were judged among all participating institutions under the Universities & University Colleges category, namely the growth of the university / university college, the number of students, the maturity of programmes, the quality of academic staff & support staff, facilities & resources, graduate employability and the amount of awards won by the respective university / university college.

This award is a significant symbol of our excellence in providing top-class private tertiary education, and it signifies the exemplary passion, dedication and contributions made by all staff of APIIT and APU. We shall continue to maintain our outstanding performance as one of the top private universities in Malaysia, to nurture professionals for global careers and beyond.

Another Glorious ‘Malaysia Boleh!’ Moment

Once again, our students shone bright like a diamond in the international arena!

We are extremely proud to announce the success of our Engineering students, Mohamed Ahsan & Akshey Kumar from the School of Engineering, who unleashed their potentials and bagged the Best Innovation Prize at the 24th International ICT Innovation Services Awards (Innoserve Awards) 2019 that was held recently at Taipei, Taiwan. The team was under the supervision of their lecturer, Dr. Freddy Tan Kheng Suan. The same team also achieved astonishing results at the APICTA Malaysia Awards as well as the Singapore Energy Innovation Challenge previously.

InnoServe Awards is an annual ICT application competition held for university and college students. It is the largest and the most significant ICT Awards in Taiwan. InnoServe provides a platform for students to present their projects, while at the same time, promoting academic-industry collaboration by integrating academic training and practical experience. 

More than 10,000  teachers and students from over 100 universities and colleges participated in the Contest. The team stood out among the 12 Global Finalists, which included teams from Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar and Taiwan. Our team who represented Malaysia was awarded the Best Innovation Award for their project.

At the competition, our students developed a low cost and portable cancer detector, which combined their innovative ideas and amazing technical skills as well as charitable objectives. The detector allows users to detect harmful radiation in the environment – upon testing, it was found that the detector was highly sensitive and accurate. This is a solid testament to our students’ capability in producing industrial-grade equipment that can benefit the healthcare industry at a low cost – even before they graduate

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the team and KUDOS to Dr. Freddy for their astonishing achievement – this has once again proven that APU students are capable to achieve outstanding success internationally. In addition, they showed the world what it means by ‘Malaysia Boleh!’ when it comes to global competitiveness. We look forward to seeing Akshey and Ahsan as successful Engineers who will bring significant contribution to the world and the society.

3 Times The Success

APU Teams Stand Proudly on the National Engineers Day Stage in Singapore

Once again, we stand in pride on the world stage, for our students’ outstanding performances and amazing capability!  
In conjunction with the National Engineers Day (NED) of Singapore, the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) hosted the 5th installment of the Engineering Innovation Challenge (EIC) with the theme of designing and building a prototype of a portable and sensitive ionizing radiation detector that is capable of detecting background radiation. At the Challenge, we are proud to share that 3 of our teams from the School of Engineering walked away with Merit Prizes, bagging SGD1,000 each as well as a prototype fund of SGD500 per team.
The teams were the only Malaysian teams to be in the grand finals and to walk away with awards; their hard work and passion accompanied by the dedication of their mentors contributed to their successes. Kudos to the mentoring lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lai Nai Shyan, Dr. Freddy Tan Kheng Suan & Dr. Lau Chee Yong from our School of Engineering for the dedicated effort!
Huge Congratulations the teams, comprising:

Team 1: A Low-Cost IoT Based Background Radiation Monitoring System
Project Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lai Nai Shyan
Team Member: Darren Chin Vui Ket & Thea Sze Sien
Team 2: Low-Cost and Portable Ionizing Radiation Detector
Project Advisor: Dr. Freddy Tan Kheng Suan
Team Members: Mohamed Mafaz Mohamed Ahsan, Lim Eng Wei & Akshey Kumar Magenthiran
Team 3: RadioAppTive - background radiation detector
Project Advisor: Dr. Lau Chee Yong
Team Members: Low Yong Zhi, Pong Wei Xiang & Chin Yoong Fung

Not only did APU teams made us proud, but they also successfully proved to the world that we are capable of producing talents in Engineering that adhere to the world’s standards. While we record our highest appreciation and congratulations to the teams, we also wish they excel as outstanding engineers who can contribute to the nation’s growth & development as they graduate!