Students bring pride to college
KDU University College kick-started the year with a spectacular triumph by capturing one of the top three prizes in the E-Genting programming and software testing competition.
At the E-Genting Programming Competition and Bug Hunt 2017 Presentation of Prizes and Awards Ceremony held on Jan 27 in Kuala Lumpur, KDU’s Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) student Che’er Chunhao won the second prize in the Bug Hunt Competition, which came with a RM3,000 cash reward.
There were also distinction prizes in the same category won by KDU students Nicholas Chia JinAnn and Goh Xiao Qi amid fierce rivalry posed by about 100 competitors from public and private universities in Malaysia.
Both Chia and Goh, who each walked away with a RM500 cash prize, are students of the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) programme.
The ceremony was graced by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chief operating officer Datuk Ng Wan Peng and the top management of E-Genting, Genting Berhad and RW Tech Labs.
Also present were School of Computing and Creative Media head Tan Chin Ike, as well as the Computing Department’s academic department head Phua Yeong Tsann, programme leader Sujata Navaratnam and senior lecturer Law Foong Li.
The out-of-campus competition was held at the end of last year with the aim of providing students in the fields of computer science, software engineering and computer studies the opportunity to showcase their software testing skills in real-life scenarios.
Putting skills to the test
Sponsored by MDEC and held annually at Wisma Genting, the E-Genting Bug Hunt is a software testing competition organised by E-Genting Sdn Bhd to seek out the best software quality assurance engineers for the company.
Besides walking away with attractive prizes, contestants who demonstrated real talent could expect a job offer.
In the full-day, single-round shot competition held on Nov 12, 2017, the contestants were given a software specification and software source code.
They were required to return test procedures that could be used to test the software and detect bugs at the end of the competition.
Observers were impressed with the fact that being an open-book and hand-written competition with no computers and electronic devices provided, the competitors could fully apply their knowledge absorbed from the classroom with a lot of flexibilities.
In fact, this competition served as a means to provide undergraduates with a practical experience, especially in dealing with real-life test cases.
It was also a good opportunity for the students to apply their knowledge to solve problems in a hands-on manner.
Prior to the actual competition, there were workshops and group discussions conducted by Law, who supervised the participating team to prepare them for the competition.
Students went through processes by familiarising themselves with programming languages such as SQL, C/C++, Java, as well as the style of the competition.
On the students’ achievements, Tan said, “We believe in providing quality education but more importantly, providing the right environment to nurture and enable our students to be competitive and highly marketable.
“We feel that besides academic pursuits, students should be active in competitions and external events that are aimed at making them as industry-ready as possible. That is what sets them apart as talents and not mere graduates.
“This is what most organisations look for in students – that extra edge. This is something KDU hopes to produce in all our talents.”
Cultivating computer experts
As KDU recognises the need to integrate and diminish the gap between industry requirements, practice, technology and academic delivery, its syllabus ensures that students have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of computing, from programming to using complex algorithms and designing, building and testing of applications or systems.
All of these areas are critical in cultivating graduates who are analytical thinkers and creative problem solvers.
KDU offers programmes in three out of the four major facets of computing – computer science, software engineering and information systems.
As testimony to KDU’s dedication and commitment to its brand and academic excellence, the institution was recently awarded the Putra Brand Awards 2017 in the Education and Learning Category.
■ For details, visit KDU University College’s Open Day from now until March 25.
Alternatively, log on to www.kdu. edu.my or call 03-5565 0538 (KDU University College, Utropolis, Glenmarie) or 03-7953 6688 (KDU College, Damansara Jaya).
(Front row, from right) KDU winners of E-Genting Bug Hunt 2017 Chia, Goh and Che’er sharing their victory with their lecturers and teammates.