NILAI, May 5,  2019 – Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) has won three gold and three silver medals at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre that ended yesterday.

According to a statement from the USIM Strategic Communications Centre, three projects that were awarded gold were Global Halal Game (GHG) in Teaching and Learning Gamification led by a lecturer from the Faculty of Shariah Law, Prof Madya Dr Azman Ab Rahman; Elev8thor-Modular Lower Limb Elevation System led by a lecturer from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr Asha’ari Bain and Fast Lab: Science Educational Kit led by a lecturer from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr Muhammad Zamir Othman.

According to Azman, GHG was a new innovation product based on Islamic boardgame gamification to raise the halal-related awareness and understanding in the communities from an early age.

“It is an education boardgame developed specifically on the Islamic education syllabus of primary and secondary school and the Malaysian Halal Certification Manual procedure to apply the concept of entertaining and interactive learning in halal education,” he said in a statement here today.

Meanwhile, according to Dr Asha’ari who is also an Orthopedic Surgeon of Ampang Hospital, the Elev8thor does not only serve as a support tool that facilitates treatment for leg injuries but would also alleviate the burden on nurses while providing treatment to patients.

“It was a result of observations during treatments of patients with broken leg where nurses and medical officers are often facing difficulties while managing patients,” he said.

As for the third innovation, the Fast Lab: Science Educational Kit is designed to provide science exposure to young children while attracting their interest in science as well as learning in a fun and interactive environment.

According to USIM’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Research and Innovation Prof Dato’ Dr Roshada Hashim, these successes proved that innovative products by USIM’s team of research and innovation were competitive and have a big potential for commercialisation.

“This is also a solid foundation for us to move forward towards achieving the goal of becoming a more focused and quality university,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the three other research products that were awarded silvers was the National Antidrugs Agency (AADK) Career Model for AADK trainees led by Dr Amin Al Haadi Shafie from the Faculty of Leadership and Management to assist AADK to train their staff in implementing career counselling for trainees at the rehabilitation centre.

The other two products were a teaching aid Visual Impairment Tactile Audio Book (VITAB) for Solat produced by a team led by Mohd Nur Adzam Rasdi from the Faculty of Quran and Sunnah Studies together with the Ibn Ummi Maktum research team specially designed to aid the learning process of prayers for those with visual impairment, while the last one was a mobile application by a team led by Prof Madya Dr Madihah Mohd Saudi from the Faculty of Science and Technology called the ‘Ezcybercrime Detection and Response Mobile Apps Prototype for Smartphone’ that serves to detect cybercrime on smartphones causing loss of money, productivity and system exploitation.

ITEX 2019 was a competition participated by more than 1,000 inventions from different universities, corporate bodies as well as individuals from ASEAN and Asian countries such as Australia, Korea and Taiwan.

Prepared by:
Syazlyna Jamil
Pusat Komunikasi Strategik (StraComm)
Aras 1, Canselori Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan