NEW YORK, 6 July, 2011 – A student from PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre, UKM, Nur Farhana Ismail, won an overall silver medal in the Genius Olympiad Competition held at University of Suny, Oswego, earlier this month.
Farhana, a first year PERMATAPintar student (equivalent to form four), who entered the competition with a fellow student from Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Muhammad Jiwa, Kedah, Muhammad Adib bin Abas received a certificate, a silver medal and an Amazon Kindle each.
Director of PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre, Associate Professor Dr Noriah Ishak in a statement said although the students are from different schools they submitted their joint project developed over two months to the organisers of the competition held between 27 June to 1 July, 2011.
Farhana and Adib competed in the ‘Human Ecology’ section under the ‘Fertility Booster’ programme involving the use of Eurycoma Longifolia Jack or ‘Tongkat Ali’ as a remedy for childless women.
“Farhana’s victory no doubt is a boost for PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre in Malaysia but also enhanced our country internationally,” said Dr Noriah.
She said the Genius Olypmiad Competiton was held to encourage higher secondary students from all over the world to seek solutions to problems affecting our environments at the global level.
It was also aimed at inspiring students to generate creative and innovative ideas in carrying out activities meant to protect and regenerate our environment that has been damaged besides drawing up strategies to safeguard the environment for future generations.
The Olympiad also provides a forum for genius teenagers from all over the world to meet and share information and ideas in order to generate new knowledge on the issues discussed.
The students from MRSM Penang which also took part in the Olympiad won the bronze medal.
The two students were accompanied by an official from the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Norizah Juberi and Azrinna Hamidun, from Hamzi Foundation who was also a member of the board of jury.