APU takes a GIANT step with Fusionex in Big Data

APU takes a GIANT step with Fusionex in Big Data

The MoA signed by Fusionex Vice President, Chen Keat Ming (left) and APU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ron Edwards (right) marks the initiatives among both parties to address the shortage of big data specialists in Malaysia.

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Fusionex, global software solutions provider specializing in big data analytics (BDA) and internet of things (IoT), in conjunction with the University’s Data Science Week that was held in its campus in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil.

Through the MoA with APU, Fusionex-developed BDA platform GIANT will be incorporated into the syllabus at APU to give students real-world experience using full-fledged BDA software. With access to GIANT, students will be able to deepen their knowledge in big data, in order to be able to enter the industry with better understanding of the emerging field. Besides, Fusionex will also be offering internship and industrial training opportunities for APU students, in which they are able to be exposed to real-life data processing environments, to gain first-hand experience within the industry.

As part of the MoA, APU lecturers and students will also gain access to real-world case studies by Fusionex to be used in their research activities, to gain experience in tackling real-world problems.

The collaboration is in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) aim to increase the number of Malaysian data scientist by 2000 and data professionals to 16,000 by 2020.

APU is among the pioneering universities in Malaysia to establish the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Data Analytics and the MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics programmes. APU has ensured that the content delivered in these courses are up to the industry standard, in which efforts in programme review and course contents have been developed through collaboration with technical giants such as Fusionex, SAS, IBM, Hilti, Microsoft  and more. Upon graduation, students of the MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics will attain a Globally Recognised Professional Industry Certification from SAS, apart from being a member of one of the most sought-after professions in Malaysia. The establishment of Asia Pacific Centre of Analytics (APCA) at APU also provides staff and students a platform to conduct industrial-based analytical researches in the field of Data Science.

Students of the related disciplines have excelled in various competitions and activities; in 2014, APU’s students achieved as the only student team who managed to clinch a spot at the Big App Challenge 1.0 – a competition that saw participation from Big Data industry professionals. In 2015, the students continued the legacy to enter as finalists for both Cyberjaya City Hacks and OpenGov Hacks of Big App Challenge 2.0.

Remarkable successes in external competitions have established an excellent track record for APU in Big Data Education.

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK with Technology as a common core. These programmes nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. Professionalism, problem-solving skills, and creativity & innovation are some of the key attributes of APU graduates. The multi-cultural student community comprises both Malaysian students as well as International students. APU was also Rated No.1 in Asia and Malaysia for Multicultural Learning Experience by the Student Barometer Wave 2015, ‘Studying with people from other cultures’. 

APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2013 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on 1st November 2012 and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings announced on 17th November 2014.

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Enjoy Tax Relief as SSPN-i Plus Depositior

Enjoy Tax Relief as SSPN-i Plus Depositior

What is SSPN-i Plus?

SSPN-i Plus is a higher education savings plan or scheme specifically introduced by Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) or National Higher Education Fund Corporation to promote smart saving and investment for the future. SSPN-i Plus combines education savings and takaful protection in inexpensive and comprehensive plan, which is fine-tuned from the existing SSPN-i plan. In other words, what you save today will come in handy to support the higher education of your child or yourself in the future.

The concept of SSPN-i Plus

SSPN-i Plus adopts the concept of disciplined savings on a monthly basis based on the package you choose. It is a syariah compliant savings plan with a total of six packages to be chosen from, depending on your needs. In addition to the existing five packages, PTPTN had also introduced the Intan package on 6 May 2016 for added affordability with just RM1 per day or RM30 per month.

Savings Package

SSPN-i Plus has six packages to suit your different needs. They are Intan, Delima, Topas, Zamrud, Nilam and Berlian.

Benefit of income tax relief

SSPN-i Plus is guaranteed by the government and you are privileged to enjoy multiple benefits, including income tax relief up to RM12,000 per year, based on your nett deposit.

Who is eligible for tax relief benefit?

The income tax relief benefit applies to depositors of SSPN-i Plus who can be the parents/ adoptive parents/ legal guardians/ other valid depositors by law. The tax reduction up to RM12,000 per year is derived from the nett deposit (savings minus withdrawals) of the current assessment year, meaning up to RM6,000 for nett deposit (savings) and another RM6,000 for takaful contribution under the life insurance and KWSP (EPF) category. For parents (husband and wife) who open their respective SSPN-i Plus accounts and file for separate tax assessments, they are entitled to the same tax relief of up to RM12,000 each. The last date to enjoy such income tax relief is 31 December 2016 for this year. Please refer to Section D (Relief) on the LHDN form when you file for this income tax relief.

Example of nett deposit calculation:

Let say you have a balance of RM4,500 in your SSPN-i Plus deposit last year and you made a RM3,000 deposit and a RM1,000 withdrawal this year, your nett deposit of the current assessment year is RM2,000. The nett deposit (savings) will be used to derive the income tax relief subsequently.

  • Last year’s SSPN-i Plus balance = RM4,500
  • This year’s deposits (savings) = RM3,000
  • This year’s withdrawals = RM1,000
  • Nett deposits of the current assessment year = RM3,000 (deposits or savings) – RM1,000 (withdrawals) = RM2,000 (nett deposits or savings)

Dividend is also part of the tax exemption!

Another exciting advantage of SSPN-i Plus, offered competitive dividends, which are eligible for tax exemption too.

Who can open an SSPN-i Plus account?

The depositors must be Malaysians belonging to the 18 – 64 age group. The beneficiaries must also be Malaysians aged between 1 day and 29 years old, who can be yourself/ your child/ child under your care, which is valid by law. For individuals who are unmarried, you are also eligible for participating in the SSPN-i Plus for yourselves on condition you belong to the 18 – 64 age group, but you are not eligible for tax relief in this situation. Each depositor is only allowed to open one SSPN-i Plus account by nominating one beneficiary only. However, different depositors are allowed to open their respective SSPN-i Plus accounts for the same beneficiary.

For further enquiries

Please visit the official portal of PTPTN

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or contact PTPTN Careline at

03 – 2193 3000

for further information.

Top Student Awarded Scholarship to study Early Childhood Education in Ireland

Top Student Awarded Scholarship to study Early Childhood Education in Ireland

Top Student Awarded Scholarship to study Early Childhood Education in Ireland

MCKL diploma graduates will find plenty of opportunities overseas through the generosity of their partnered universities.

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) wishes to congratulate Nadia Iman Binti Abdul Jalil, who has won an exclusive MCKL-IT Tralee Scholarship for her excellent academic achievements in the College to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care & Education in Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland. This special scholarship will cover most of Nadia’s academic fees, accompanied with free accommodations. To regular MCKL diploma graduates, IT Tralee also offers the 2016-17 Special Citizen Scholarship, which includes a fee waiver of €1000.00 and free accommodations for the duration of their course. MCKL students therefore only have to pay roughly €12,000.00 per year, which includes tuition fees and cost of living.

Such exceptional concessions represent a close collaboration between MCKL and IT Tralee, resulting from years of producing passionate, knowledgeable and hardworking students from MCKL’s Diploma in ECE programme. Many of them have advanced to further studies overseas and excelled in their respective courses, such as Esther Lim, Hong Xiao Yi, Tan Evon, Ng Xu Xuan and Michelle How Xin Yi, who all graduated last year from IT Tralee, and the latter three did so with First Class Honours.

In recognition of the quality of MCKL diploma graduates, IT Tralee and the University of Gloucestershire, UK have given them the opportunity to enter directly into the third year of their degree programmes, which means that students only have to study for one additional year to turn their diploma qualification into a Bachelor’s Degree. Other institutions such as New Zealand Tertiary College, NZ, University College Birmingham, UK, University of Hertfordshire, UK and University of West England, UK have also acknowledged MCKL graduates by offering advanced standing for entry into the second year of their degree programmes.

Students who have a passion for teaching and nurturing young children may consider enrolling for MCKL’s Diploma in Early Childhood Education. For further information on MCKL and its programmes: call 03-22746711 (Marketing) or 03-22741851 (General), Email ask@mckl.edu.my or visit our website www.mckl.edu.my

Discounts of 15% and 10% for PTPTN loan repayment

Discounts of 15% and 10% for PTPTN loan repayment

Incentives under Budget 2017 for PTPTN repayment

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak had announced discount incentives for the repayment of PTPTN loan during the Budget 2017 speech on 21 October 2016. The incentives are valid from 22 October 2016 till 31 December 2017. They are:

  • A 15% discount incentive for borrowers who make a full settlement of their total outstanding debt ;
  • A 10% discount incentive for borrowers who make repayment at least 50% of their total outstanding debt;
  • A 10% discount incentive for borrowers who make repayment through salary deduction or direct debit according to the repayment schedule.

The 15% discount incentive

One of the most fundamental terms and conditions of this incentive is that borrowers must make a full settlement of their total outstanding debt between 22 October 2016 and 31 December 2017. For example, if you were a recipient of PTPTN loan for diploma and higher levels of studies, you need to settle all your debts within the stipulated period in order to enjoy the 15% discount.

Another attractive feature of this incentive is that multiple channels of the settlement are considered for the incentive. This simply means they can use a combination of payments through KWSP (Account II withdrawal at www.kwsp.gov.my), or by cash or online method (e.g. JomPay) with condition that the payment is received by PTPTN within the same month. Therefore, borrowers are advised to make loan repayment no later than the 27th day of each month.

The 15% discount is derived from the total outstanding debt and adjustment for the incentive given will be done at end of the month. Please refer to www.ptptn.gov.my or contact PTPTN Careline at 03 – 2193 3000 for confirmation of your total outstanding debt.

More special, this 15% discount is also applicable to the Wang Pendahuluan Pinjaman (WPP) recipients who were not the PTPTN borrowers but are still carrying the WPP debt. Another exciting aspect of this incentive is that it is also applicable to borrowers who have already been subject to enforcement action such as blacklisted by the Malaysian Immigration Department or summons.

The 10% discount incentive

The 10% discount is valid for (1) one-off loan repayment at least 50% of the total outstanding debt balance; or (2) salary deduction or direct debit according to the repayment schedule. The recipients of Wang Pendahuluan Pinjaman (WPP) are entitled to this incentive under the same condition.

The salary deduction application can be done online at www.ptptn.gov.my. For direct debit, you need to obtain the application form from the PTPTN counter and submit your complete form to any nearby PTPTN branch. Please be reminded that only the original form is accepted. Direct debit is done through periodic deductions from either the savings account or current account involving 22 banks and it is FREE.

The advantages of this 10% discount incentive include disciplining yourself with a consistent repayment schedule to avoid loan arrears. This will save you from being black-listed by the Malaysian Immigration Department or summons. Without loan arrears, you have a clean credit record on the Bank Negara’s credit reference system.

Grab it now!

Eligible PTPTN loan borrowers are strongly encouraged to seize this limited – time golden opportunity, which is valid until 31 December 2017.

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Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients

Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients

Kuala Lumpur, 8 November 2016: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), students, Ngie Kok Sin and John Lim Hong Aun, emerged as champions in the ‘Best of Tertiary Student Project – Software/Hardware’ category of the MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2016. Their success continues a string of APICTA awards won since it’s inception in 1999.

The duo who are Year 3 Mechatronic Engineering degree students spent 9 months working on the winning project, titled ‘Design & Develop a Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients’. The project featured a wireless connection that is an added advantage to physiotherapists and patients. It allows remote monitoring and control through cameras, smart servo and brain wave detection devices. In doing so, medical and ancillary support personnel can derive useful analytical information for effective and speedy rehabilitation of stroke patients.

Paying tribute to their Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET) mentors, Ngie and Lim said, “We feel absolutely proud to be the winners this year. We thank our two Engineering Faculty mentors for their constant support, advice and inspiration. They challenged us to think out of the box”.

Ngie and Lim will now represent Malaysia in the International APICTA Awards which will be held in Taiwan from 2 December to 5 December 2016. They aim to bring glory to the country and to the university.

The winning Finger Exoskeleton project

The duo, as the Winner of MSC Malaysia’s APICTA Awards, will represent Malaysia in the upcoming International APICTA which will be held in December. From left: Dr Thang Ka Fei, Head of School of Engineering, APU, John Lim Hong Aun, Ngie Kok Sin, Vickneswari Durairajah, Suresh Gobee.

Upon their victory, Ngie and Lim will be representing Malaysia to compete in the International APICTA Awards 2016, which will be held from 2 December to 5 December 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.

“We feel absolutely proud to be the winner this year, and we would like to thank our university and the mentors, Ms. Vicky and Mr. Suresh for their support. We will look forward to representing Malaysia in the International APICTA Awards in Taiwan, hopefully we can bring glory to our country and the university,” said Ngie and Lim upon receiving the award.

The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (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. To date, the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance comprises 17 economies: Australia , Bangladesh , Brunei Darussalam , China , Chinese Taipei , Hong Kong , Indonesia , Japan , Macao , Malaysia , Myanmar , Pakistan , Singapore , Sri Lanka , Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal.

The duo, as the Winner of MSC Malaysia’s APICTA Awards, will represent Malaysia in the upcoming International APICTA which will be held in December. Left: John Lim Hong Aun, Right: Ngie Kok Sin

About APICTA

The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (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. To date, the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance comprises 17 economies: Australia , Bangladesh , Brunei Darussalam , China , Chinese Taipei , Hong Kong , Indonesia , Japan , Macao , Malaysia , Myanmar , Pakistan , Singapore , Sri Lanka , Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal.

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK with Technology as a common core. These programmes nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. Professionalism, problem-solving skills, and creativity & innovation are some of the key attributes of APU graduates. The multi-cultural student community comprises both Malaysian students as well as International students. APU was also Rated No.1 in Asia and Malaysia for Multicultural Learning Experience by the Student Barometer Wave 2015, ‘Studying with people from other cultures’. 

APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2013 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on 1st November 2012 and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings announced on 17th November 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.apu.edu.my/.

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Highly Sought-after Scholarship Awarded to MCKL from HWUM

Highly Sought-after Scholarship Awarded to MCKL from HWUM

In March 2016, Professor Robert Craik, Provost and CEO of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia visited Ms Moey Yoke Lai, the CEO of Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL), during its Scholarship Info Day event to present her with the inaugural MCKL-HWUM Scholarship. Valued at over RM180, 000 for covering up to three years’ worth of academic expenses for any undergraduate course at HWUM, the scholarship was exclusively available to one deserving student each year from MCKL.

This scholarship represents the culmination of years of MCKL’s tireless efforts to find alternatives for outstanding graduates who are unable to pursue their dreams of studying overseas due to financial constraints. As such, it will enable recipients to experience quality education of international standards within Malaysia without having to worry about the discouraging expenses usually involved in similar pursuits. This year’s exemplary recipient of the MCKL-HWUM Scholarship is Khoo Wei Ning, who has completed her A Levels in MCKL and will be entering HWUM to study Actuarial Science.

Over the years, MCKL has built up a formidable reputation of sending its graduates to prestigious universities around the world. Many can attest to the academic calibre of MCKL graduates, and like HWUM, several have chosen to acknowledge it by partnering with the College to offer exclusive benefits to its alumni enrolling in their Malaysian campuses. Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, for example, waivers application fees and first semester accommodations rent for all MCKL students. Other local institutions have also begun similar ventures with the College, such as UCSI University, IACT College, HELP University, KDU University College and Asia Pacific University of Technology and Information.

With more supportive options becoming available each year, we hope that more young Malaysians will be encouraged and inspired to make the most of their education for nation-building.

Students who wish to seek these opportunities may consider enrolling for MCKL’s courses such as the Cambridge A Levels, Western Australian Matriculation, American Degree Transfer Programme, Diploma in Early Childhood Education or Accounting Studies.

For further information on MCKL and its programmes: call 03-22746711 (Marketing) or 03-22741851 (General), Email ask@mckl.edu.my or visit our website www.mckl.edu.my

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