APU Students win first-ever scholarships in Malaysian eSports history

APU Students win first-ever scholarships in Malaysian eSports history

APU team emerges as Champion in Garena’s Malaysia Campus League Competition

Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2016: The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)’s first ever competitive League of Legends (LoL) student team to participate in the Malaysia Campus League (MYCL) tournament, walked away with a cash prize of RM2,500 and partial scholarships worth RM30,000 as they emerged as the champion of the tournament organized by Garena, Southeast Asia’s largest consumer internet platform company.

Held at APU’s campus in Bukit Jalil, the MYCL saw support from hundreds of students at the venue itself, as well as thousands more viewing online via Garena’s live stream platform. Garena aims to promote a healthy gaming culture among university and secondary school students through the bi-annual tournament. This edition of MYCL kicked-off in July and comprises two divisions – Collegiate for tertiary-level students and Junior for secondary school students.

The APU LoL team emerged as champion of the League of Legends Malaysia Campus League and walked away with RM2,500 cash prize and RM30,000 worth of scholarships.

This was a first time in Malaysian history, which partial scholarships are awarded to eSports excellence. Each team member from APU walked away with RM6,000 worth of scholarships.

APU’s winning team consists of 5 main players and a substitute player: Wong Hui Zyn (Team Captain), Soon Zhen Suan, Ng Hann King, Ong Chang Wai, Daniel Yap Eng Khai and Ter Wei Liang who are currently pursuing their studies in the Software Engineering, Information & Communications Technology and Intelligent Systems undergraduate programmes. They are also members of the APU eSports Club. Through the establishment of the club, APU provides support and guidance towards students in terms of creating a healthy gaming environment, as well as promotes a balance among studies and entertainment.

Apart from the attractive cash prize awards and the partial scholarship, the APU LoL team also earned an opportunity to represent Malaysia at the International eSports Festival in South Korea and the League of Legends International Collegiate Championship in Thailand later this year.

In a press conference towards the end of the MYCL Grand Finals event, APU’s team captain, Wong Hui Zyn, said:

“The team fought hard through all stages of the competition, and we truly enjoyed the process as this was our first time to participate in competitive gaming tournaments. We are glad that we earned a scholarship for playing games, which is the first in Malaysian history. We look forward to the upcoming tournaments in South Korea and Thailand.”

The APU LoL team was the first batch of students to receive a partial scholarship from Garena in Malaysia. Regarding the scholarship and MYCL efforts, Jason Ng, Vice President of Garena said:

“By offering the very first eSports scholarship in Malaysia, we hope to foster a vibrant League of Legends campus ecosystem, while at the same time helping top players in schools pursue their passion in eSports. Regardless of whether they go on to play professionally, these players will be able to bring important skills of teamwork, problem-solving and creativity to other endeavours in civil society.”

Hundreds of League of Legends (LoL) supporters viewed the Grand Finale of the League of Legends (LoL) Malaysia Campus League (MYCL) which took place in APU, Bukit Jalil.
Garena organised the Malaysian Campus League with aims to promote a healthy gaming environment among university and secondary school students.
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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Make a smart move by savings for future higher education with takaful protection

Make a smart move by savings for future higher education with takaful protection

Bit by bit, saving small amounts today really makes a long-term difference in the future when comes the moment of truth. The philosophy is simple and practical. Make it a natural habit and you will end up saving a lot of money in the end. The emergence of many innovative saving instruments in this modern era makes saving money a more rewarding experience, regardless of when and how much you start off with. What you need is a systematic and effective financial planning. Prepare yourself into the future by investing your savings in a smart financial product that safeguards your future higher education fund and provides takaful protection at the same time. Your thoughtful planning assures the pleasure and comfort of the future that you deserve. So, start saving now!

Foster saving habit through smart financial planning

Arm yourself with a focused diligence to plan for your higher education fund in a smart way to earn you a more assured future. The introduction of Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional (SSPN-i Plus) by Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN – or The National Higher Education Fund Corporation) is a brilliant way to start with, simply because it yields dynamic long-term cash returns plus takaful (syariah compliant) protection as a bonus. In other words, the product is all about a guaranteed higher education fund in the future plus the very important takaful coverage against unwanted eventualities. Thanks to the partnership between PTPTN and Hong Leong MSIG Takaful, this innovative product is now made affordable to all walks of life who truly care about the future of their higher education. On a noble note, the product aims to inculcate a disciplined saving habit among Malaysians. Just as the Malay saying goes, prepare the umbrella before it rains. What you save today grants you the much-needed confidence to march into the future. Although the future is full of endless uncertainties, your smart move today holds the key to peace of mind in the future.

SSPN-i Plus – Unique and special plus it’s guaranteed by government

The very special aspect of SSPN-i Plus lies in its uniqueness. It combines the benefits of saving alongside takaful protection in one simple and easy, yet powerful package! It is a financial planning product that better reflects the realities of today and the future, taking into consideration of the ever rising living costs, including education costs. For the ultimate peace of mind, the product is fully guaranteed by our government. This simply translates into a smart financial planning that allows you to finance your future education costs right from this moment on! It is clever and secure. With SSPN-i Plus, you take charge of your personal finance through a dedicated, purpose-built saving instrument that helps reduce the financial burden on your parents. Again, the key to securing the future of your higher education with added peace of mind is to prepare well in advance through a smart financial planning.

Saving as early as possible to avoid financial bottleneck in the future

On a noble note, the launch of SSPN-i Plus aims to instil the saving habit among our people. It aspires to transform the mindset of our society to embrace saving from as early as possible. The newly launched SSPN-i Plus draws inspiration from the highly successful Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional (SSPN-i) introduced 12 years ago. SSPN-i Plus made its debut on 8 June 2015 and has since captured the hearts of many depositors for its capability of combining savings and takaful protection into one dynamic and comprehensive package at affordable prices. It is specifically designed to safeguard your higher education future without relying purely on education loan. In a nutshell, SSPN-i Plus enriches the minds of the younger generation with a practical financial planning of foreseeable results. After all, your long-term savings come in really handy when it matters most at the critical moment. SSPN-i Plus helps you avoid the embarrassing situation of having to deal with a financial emergency in the future.

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The Wow! SSPN-i Plus Draw

For 2016/ 2017, PTPTN is stepping up its effort to champion the saving habit among Malaysians by spicing up the rewards system through the Wow! SSPN-i Plus Draw. This laudable initiative aims to foster saving culture among parents who are preparing their children for higher education. SSPN-i Plus is an ideal financial product for the younger generation aspiring to excel at higher education levels with added peace of mind as their education costs are technically taken care of. In other words, the innovative product will realise its full potential as depositors begin their higher education. Again, SSPN-i Plus is possibly one of your best choices to avoid a critical financial pitfall in the future.

Amazing prizes up for grabs in Quarterly and Annual Draws

The Wow! SSPN-i Plus Draw is now open to all interested individuals, offering RM1.5 million worth of fantastic prizes. Over 300 amazing prizes await the lucky depositors of SSPN-i Plus who open a new account or increase their deposits between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. The Wow! SSPN-i Plus Draw consists of the Quarterly Draw (3 draws featuring a grand prize of a unit of Honda Jazz and 20 consolation prizes of RM2,000 each) and the Annual Draw (grand prize: 1 unit of Proton Perdana; second prize: 3 units of Toyota Vios; third prize: 5 units of Kawasaki motorcycles; and 250 consolation prizes: RM2,000 each). Overall, the Wow! SSPN-i Plus Draw promises greater rewards in a more enticing scheme.

Easy and convenient transactions via Ejen Online PTPTN

In line with the popularity of the internet where information and communication technology dominates the digital age, PTPTN has also introduced a very convenient channel to market SSPN-i Plus through Ejen Online PTPTN. The online marketing programme intends to facilitate certain transactions, including account opening, at the touch of a button anywhere and anytime without a visit to the PTPTN counters.

Great rewards await Ejen Online PTPTN

PTPTN has also introduced a special programme for its Ejen Online PTPTN. Rakan Niaga Affiliate and Ejen Pemasaran Online are entitled to a commission of 15% and 25% respectively under this programme. The scheme also allows Ejen Online PTPTN to begin their career with PTPTN without any capital investment. Furthermore, they get to enjoy flexible working hours along with regular training and guidance from PTPTN. The good news is that all of them do not involve any cash transactions. Other incentives include Anugerah Ejen Online PTPTN Terbaik for the top achievers who hit the marketing targets, together with international holiday packages and cash rewards up to RM4,000.

5-star rating for Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS)

5-star rating for Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS)

The Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS) has been announced as one of the 5-Stars schools in the recently announced Standard Kualiti Institusi Pendidikan Swasta (SKIPS) assessment that was conducted by the Ministry of Education.

Out of 13 private national schools, APSS received the accolade at the awards ceremony hosted by the Selangor Private Education Department on 10 May 2016.

“We are absolutely delighted! Our hard work paid off – we would like to express our gratitude to the APSS teaching team, administrative services for their extensive effort in ensuring that we deliver quality education to the children.” – Mrs Irene Chee, Senior Principal, Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS).

The SKIPS assessment is an initiative by the Private Education Department of Ministry of Education to evaluate quality standards and to ensure regulated processes in Malaysian private schools. During the assessment, various areas of the school were assessed, including: Registration Procedures, Administration, Curriculum Management, Teaching and Learning Process, Teacher Quality and Staff Development, Infrastructure and Facilities, Academic Results and Extracurricular Activities.

Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS) is a member of the APIIT Education Group, which comprises Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Asia Pacific Language Centre (APLC), APIIT Corporate Training, APU Careers Centre and Asia Pacific Schools (APS).

About Asia Pacific Schools (APS)

Located on a spacious campus in Subang, the Asia Pacific Schools is equipped with modern, purpose-built facilities. Fully air-conditioned, each classroom as well as the library, computer labs, music, science, woodwork, mechanical, electrical, speech and drama, art and cookery rooms are equipped with the latest technology to aid and inspire young minds. The schools also boast a swimming pool, indoor badminton, netball and basketball courts, and a football field.

With two schools under its helm, the Asia Pacific International School (APIS), which offers the UK Curriculum, and the Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS), which uses the Malaysian Curriculum, Asia Pacific Schools aim to create an exceptional educational environment to foster the intellectual and emotional development of children from 3 to 16 years of age.

APS Open Day: 25 June 2016

The Asia Pacific Schools (APS) will be having its Open Day on Saturday, 25th of June at its campus in Subang, from 10am to 4pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to know more about the school through familiarization talks by the school Principal, counseling sessions and campus tours at the Open Day.

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Producing Malaysia’s Top Security & Forensic Specialists

Producing Malaysia’s Top Security & Forensic Specialists

Producing Malaysia’s Top Security & Forensic Specialists

Two student teams from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) were crowned champions of the ‘Forensic Challenge’ and ‘Hack and Defense’ competitions at the recently concluded i-Hack 2016, which took place at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) from 23rd April to 24th April 2016. The i-Hack 2016 attracted participation from students, practitioners, academicians and security experts from higher education learning institutions, related government bodies, security commissioners and IT professionals in security industry.

 

The event was also endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), F-Secure, Haibro, ITECH Specialist Solutions, Accrete Technologies and Quann Security. The Forensic Challenge was a 10-hour competition that tested participants’ forensic computing skills through investigations, procedures and final presentation of a forensic report. Meanwhile, the Hack and Defense challenge was a 8-hour score-based challenge in the ‘Capture the Flag’ format, in which participants competed to attain as many ‘flags’ and ‘coins’ as they can, through solving questions related to cyber security and forensics.

 

The event was also endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), F-Secure, Haibro, ITECH Specialist Solutions, Accrete Technologies and Quann Security. The Forensic Challenge was a 10-hour competition that tested participants’ forensic computing skills through investigations, procedures and final presentation of a forensic report. Meanwhile, the Hack and Defense challenge was a 8-hour score-based challenge in the ‘Capture the Flag’ format, in which participants competed to attain as many ‘flags’ and ‘coins’ as they can, through solving questions related to cyber security and forensics.

APU’s Team ‘Sherlock’, comprising Khor Chia Ler, Chan Xin Wei and Soo Jia Cheng, mentored by Sulaiman Harun, attained the championship of the Forensic Challenge whereas team ‘SHA1337’, comprising Nicholas Ian Nonis, Choong Chih Xien and Alexander Sukhamera, mentored by Yusnita Yusof, was crowned champions of the Hack and Defense competition. Both APU teams walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000. On the other hand, APU’s team ‘Nachos’, comprising Mohamed Siddiq Rahmat, Toong Chee Sheng and Syahmi bin Suleiman, mentored by Nor Azlina Abdul Rahman, also bagged the 2nd Runner Up of the Hack and Defense competition and walked away with a cash prize of RM1,000.

 

Programmes related to Forensic & Security

The teams of students who participated in the competition are students from APU’s School of Computing and Technology (SCT). With a proud track record and history of producing highly competent graduates in Computing going back to its origins as APIIT, APU’s School of Computing & Technology today offers pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Computing, IT, Software Engineering, Computer Science as well as inhighly specialised areas such as Cyber Security, Forensic Computing, Database Administration, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Big Data, Mobile Technology and more.

APU and APIIT offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes related to Forensic & Security:

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About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities, and is where a unique fusion of technology, innovation and creativity works effectively towards preparing professional graduates for significant roles in business and society globally. 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.

Originally established as the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in 1993, APU’s sound approach to nurturing school leavers into qualified professionals has resulted in our graduates being highly sought after by employers. With an international student community of more than 11,000 students from more than 110 countries studying in its Malaysian campus, APU offers a truly cosmopolitan learning environment which prepares students well for the global challenges which lie ahead. APU

APU was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2011 Ratings by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings announced on 17th November 2014.

Earning their Stripes

Earning their Stripes

Earning their Stripes

Nilai U Professional Development Club organises conservation campaign.

“Nilai University’s holistic approach to higher education includes providing students with opportunities to learn valuable lessons beyond the text books,” explained Eddy Bala,

advisor to the Professional Development Club. He was speaking at the launch of the Save the Tigers Campaign which was organised by students from the Professional Development Club, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia).

At the gala launch, the audience was treated to performances which included traditional dances from international students, solo vocal performances and a traditional drum troupe show. Also present were Dr Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Supian (Under Secretary, Biodiversity and Forestry Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) and Suan Tan (Senior Manager, Activation, WWF-Malaysia).

Pre-schoolers from neighbouring kindergartens participated in a series of fun-filled events. The students took part in a colouring contest, a treasure hunt and quizzes; all of which were aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the Malaysian tiger.

The students also organised fund raising activities, with monies being channelled to the conservation of habitats for the tigers.

“By organising this campaign in collaboration with the WWF-Malaysia, Nilai U students have proven they are more than capable of facing global challenges in their future careers. Their willingness to go the extra mile demonstrates positive change in their personal development,” commented Dr Megat.

He also sprang an unexpected surprise to the students by inviting yhem to visit the Ministry’s Wildlife Conservation Centre in Sungkai, Perak.

Dr Megat’s sentiments were also echoed by Suan Tan who said,

“WWF-Malaysia is especially heartened to see today’s youths, who will be tomorrow’s leaders, taking action to help protect our wildlife and natural resources, thereby helping build a better, greener future for us all and generations to come. We commend Nilai U for supporting WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts and hope that other educational institutions will follow your example.”

The Professional Development Club is but one of the many initiatives on campus that allow students to fulfil their full potential. Students get opportunities for personal and professional growth through university modules such as Dale Carnegie’s Skills for Success and Chapter One’s Personal Branding. These modukes are designed to help students mature into young adults who will be a boon to their respective communities.

“Nilai U’s motto is ‘Enrichment for Life’, and that means we teach our students, not just to be model pupils but also model citizens,” states Eddy Bala.

“This campaign was a great success as it has taught our students valuable lessons in the importance of biodiversity. At the same time it has helped them grow personally and professionally.”

Nilai U offers unique opportunities to for students to develop the relevant soft skills, which will boost their employability. For more information, please visit www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.

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First Class Engineering Education @ Nilai U

First Class Engineering Education @ Nilai U

First Class Engineering Education @ Nilai U

Nilai U offers a spectrum of engineering programmes, from diplomas to Ph.D.

“One of the great things about enrolling in engineering programmes at Nilai University (Nilai U) is that students have access to state-of-the-art engineering facilities,” says Assoc.

Prof. Dr Adnan Ibrahim, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is referring to the many workshops and laboratories at Nilai U’s 105-acre campus.

The workshops and laboratories are equipped with the latest equipment and machinery for the delivery of engineering programmes. These include 3D printers, industrial robotic systems, engine dynamo meters and flexible manufacturing systems. In addition, the purpose-built hangar houses two planes to be used for the aircraft maintenance programmes. All these enable students to gain the necessary practical experience before they embark on their On-Job-Training.

Having the requisite practical experience cannot be underestimated, especially for engineering studies. Employers want graduates with hands-on experience, not just theoretical knowledge. “That is the reality and that is why Nilai U has not spared any expense in equipping the labs and workshops with the latest equipment,” says Dr Adnan

“Many school leavers interested in engineering have firm ideas of the field they wish to specialise in. Nilai U provides options in the fields of aircraft maintenance, automotive, electrical and electronics, mechanical and mechatronics engineering. It makes good sense for students to sign up for the diploma programmes after their SPM,” Dr Adnan states.

The diploma programmes give students specialist knowledge in the relevant fields and hold them in good stead when they proceed to the workplace, or when they further their studies at the advanced diploma or degree level.

Aircraft maintenance diploma students can proceed to the 1-year Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology programme where they will be conferred not only with the Advanced Diploma from Nilai University but also the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering Technology award from Kingston University, UK.

Students from the other engineering diploma programmes who proceed to the mechanical or electrical and electronics engineering degree programmes at Nilai U are eligible for credit transfers which will shorten the duration of their degree studies. These degree programmes have been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and the Engineering Accreditation Council, a signatory of the Washington Accord.

Although they can enter into the professional working world at the end of their diploma or degree programme, students who are interested in research can also opt to further their studies at Nilai U at the postgraduate level. Nilai U offers the Master of Engineering Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering programmes.

“School leavers who are serious about career in engineering should check out Nilai U programmes. The pathway available to them at Nilai U is one that gives options to either secure a successful engineering career after the diploma or degree studies or go on to the highest rung of the ivory tower with a Ph.D.,” says Dr Adnan.

Nilai University was established in 1997 and is located just 15 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. For more information, please visit www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.

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