UNIMAP young researchers inventions won 10 gold medals at AYIE 2013


KANGAR : Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) created another success story when its young researchers' inventions won 10 gold medals at the Asian Young Inventors Exhibition (AYIE) 2013.

AYIE 2013 was held in conjunction with the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition 2013 (ITEX 2013) which began on Thursday and ended today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Thirty-two out of 60 other inventions produced by UniMAP also won gold medals at the ITEX yesterday, together with 26 silver medals and one bronze medal.

UniMAP vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin had expressed his satisfaction with the researchers' success at the AYIE this year as the university only managed to win six gold and two silvers from its eight inventions last year.

"This is indeed an overwhelming achievement of UniMAP's young researchers under the ENVEX Young Researcher Club (EYReC). Each year, they strive to produce quality inventions that will benefit the people," he said in a statement today.

Through EYReC, UniMAP also submitted 10 inventions for the International Exhibition of Young Inventors (IEYI) 2013, where they won three gold and six silver medals.

For the record, participation in the exhibitions is limited to local and foreign researchers below the age of 20.

Dr Kamaruddin said the participation of the young researchers was vital as it was part of the preparation for them to get involved seriously in research and innovation industry in the future.

"The exhibitions are the best platform to showcase their talents and to be confident in facing challenges and judgement from the juries from all over the world," he said.

Among the inventions that won the gold medals at the AYIE 2013 are Near-Field-Communication for Finger Print Application, Glucose Detector, Fabrication of a Novel Dye Sensitized Solar Cell by using Organic Dye From Dragon Fruit and Spinach Chlorophyll Extract, Fly Ash Artificial Aggregate, Intelligence Maintenance Reminder and Superhydrophobic Surface.

ITEX 2013 was organised by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (Minds) with cooperation from World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo).-- BERNAMA

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