This competition is among the eight amazing competitions that are organised by the School of Communication Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in conjunction with the final year studentsâ€™ program, IMPACT 2019. Other competitions include Feature Writing, Photography, Public Speaking, Best Short Video, Best Campaign, Best University Magazine and Best Varsity Newspaper.
â€œIMPACT 2019 is also happy to introduce its new mobile application for all Android smartphone users to obtain the latest information on competitions as well as register their participations,â€ said According to the Program Coordinator of Undergraduates in School of Communication, USM and also Main Advisor of IMPACT 2019, Dr Mohamad Saifudin Mohamad Saleh, Wednesday (30/10).
â€œIMPACT 2019 competitions that is entering into its fourth year since 2016, is truly unique and compelling that has not only able to piques international interests and garner participations from various universities abroad, but the juries that are selected for the evaluation of the contestantsâ€™ entries were among the experienced and experts of the media industry from Malaysia and Indonesia,â€ added Saifudin.
â€œAs a representative of School of Communication, USM, we express our deepest gratitude to sponsors of this event, particularly, the State Government of Penang and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) who are the main sponsors for the â€œFun and Funkinessâ€ themed IMPACT 2019â€, he asserted.
For IMPACT 2019, the esteemed judges include Rudy Imran (Harian Metro reporter and famous lyricist), Austin Tumengkol (Chief Editor of Waspada Online Medan, Indonesia), Suffian Rahman (Creative Director for Pos Malaysia), Norazlan Bidin (Editor for Fast Motion Sdn Bhd), Anida Salwani (Editor for Majalah Jelita) and many more big names of the media industry.
â€œIMPACT competition is necessary to provide a platform and opportunity for students to challenge themselves, to prove their abilities and showcase their skills while also attaining valuable first-hand experiences seeing as how international competitions based on communication studies are still very little,â€ said Austin.
â€œIn the Indonesian perspective, I am proud to be one of the judges and perceived IMPACT and USM as important entities for Indonesian students as it gives them credibility as well as creating a good collaborative space between universities in Indonesia and Malaysia. I hope the contestants this year will be more competitive and make the most of their time in IMPACT by networking with their fellow contestants,â€ added Austin.
Moreover, one of the contestants for the Public Speaking competition, Saundary Vijayakumar, a first year student from the School of Communication USM, describes her first experience participating in IMPACT as a fruitful and exciting because through this competition, she managed to polish her talent and bring it to the international level.
Saundary has received strong encouragements from many parties especially from both her parents who mentioned that she has been preparing for the competition that will be aired live by watching videos of renowned public speakers, practicing body movement and gestures as well as tone of voice.
Based on prior records, there were more than 150 participations received in 2018 with the majority hailing from universities in Malaysia and Indonesia. The most popular competitions among the students were Best Short Video, Public Speaking, Feature Writing and Photography.
For more information regarding IMPACT 2019, visit IMPACTâ€™s official website https://impactusm2019.wixsite.com/impactusm2019 or call Dr Saifudin Mohamad Saleh at 04-6534199 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (wol/aa/rls/data1)
Editor: M AGUS UTAMA