Stu­dents bring pride to col­lege

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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.

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