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School of Chemical Engineering Students’ Society (ChESS) Welcomes 8 Secondary Schools for Terjah USM Project - Smart Add Maths

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29 April 2017, the School of Chemical Engineering Students’ Society or in short, ChESS welcomed 8 secondary schools around Kerian in Perak and Nibong Tebal in Penang for a one-day program concentrating on a rather difficult subject in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, (SPM) – Additional Mathematics.

The project spearheaded by Syed Husseini Syed Sulaiman, (Third Year Chemical Engineering) took about 3 months to plan and in the end it was successfully executed with the help of all the committee members.

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The schools which took part in the program include Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Nibong (10 students), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (A) Syeikh Abdullah Fahim (10 students), and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Abdul Rahman (1 student) all from Nibong Tebal, Penang and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Methodist (11 students), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Panglima Bukit Gantang (10 students), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Perak (10 students) and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pekan Baru (15 students), all from Parit Buntar, Perak.

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The program was officiated by the Engineering Campus Director, Professor Nor Azazi Zakaria as early as 8 am at the Auditorium Hall. The Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering, Professor Azlina Harun@Kamaruddin was also present, where she was also accompanied by the schools’ representatives during the opening ceremony. In his speech, the Campus Director emphasised on the importance of mathematics in everyday life and Additional Mathematics is one of the important subjects if one would like to further engineering courses at university level.

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Terjah USM not only provides the opportunity for the students to understand the techniques of answering exams questions, but they were also being grouped with different schools in conducting group exercises or Latihan Dalam Kumpulan, (LDK) in order to solve various other problems. Associate Professor Dr. Syamsul Rizal Abd Shukor then conducted a motivational talk later in the afternoon.

As the world’s 38th ranking, the School of Chemical Engineering has been well-known by the world, and it is time it will be known by the community in the surrounding area. The initiative taken by the Chemical Engineering undergraduates was very much aligned and reflected the raking achieved by the School.

It is hoped that the students would benefit all the knowledge and experiences gained during the one-day program.

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Text : A.P. Dr. Mohamad Hekarl Uzir