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Thursday, 14 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

IT students win web design competitions

TWO students from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) have scored unprecedented wins in competitions held in Malaysia and overseas.

Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) in Information Security student Teoh Jia Jun won a Medallion For Excellence in the Web Design and Development category at the recent 44th WorldSkills Competition held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the world’s largest international vocational skills competition.

Teoh’s achievement makes him the first Malaysian to win a medal in the Web Design and Development category, which he competed in alongside participants from 35 countries.

“It is a great feeling to be the first Malaysian and what is more enriching for me is the experience of meeting like-minded students from various countries,” he said.

There were 51 categories in the competition, which was open to participants from 60 countries and regions.

“As it is an international-level competition, the requirements were very complex. I was given the challenge to develop web applications for different case studies.

“On top of learning and understanding the foundation, I also needed to know the advanced levels of these areas in order to compete in the competition.

Teoh (second from right) at the WorldSkills Competition 2017 with Computing and Information Technology faculty deputy dean Chok Len Mooi (right), the facultys programme leader Liaw Chun Voon (left) and another TAR UC participant at the event.
Teoh (second from right) at the WorldSkills Competition 2017 with Computing and Information Technology faculty deputy dean Chok Len Mooi (right), the faculty's programme leader Liaw Chun Voon (left) and another TAR UC participant at the event.

“Despite the challenges, I am very thankful for having my lecturers with me during the competition.

“Their constant motivation and encouragement was an added boost to my confidence.

“With the solid foundation in TAR UC, understanding and applying the advanced levels of web design and development was not a problem for me,” Teoh said.

On the local front, in the final round of the WorldSkills Malaysia Belia 2017 Competition, Wong Sheng Chuang, who is pursuing his Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) in Internet Technology, won the Gold Medal in the competition’s Web Design category.

For Wong, the WorldSkills Malaysia Belia 2017 Competition was not only a fun competition to participate in but one that helped him develop pertinent skills.

“It is motivating to know that I was able to fulfill all the competition’s requirements and this gives me confidence in pursuing my goals when I finish my studies.

“It was challenging to prepare for the competition as I also had to prepare for my exams and complete assignments.

“But without the knowledge and insights from my lecturers, preparing for this competition would have been very challenging,” he said.

As the gold medal winner, Wong took home RM5,000 and a certificate.

TAR UC president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok was pleased with the students’ achievements.

“Such competitions are a very good indicator of the strength and quality of our education.

“With Teoh and Wong’s achievements, it only goes to show that TAR UC’s holistic education continues to scale greater heights particularly in nurturing our students to be the best in what they pursue.

“In addition, the wins are significant to us as they reinforce our credential as the Premier Digital Tech University,” he said.