Sarawakian student makes top 10 in international neuroscience competition

Benjamin (right) with his father at the International Brain Bee Championship 2016 competition held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Benjamin (right) with his father at the International Brain Bee Championship 2016 competition held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

SMK Methodist Sibu student Benjamin Wong Yi Ren made the nation proud when he emerged as the one of the 10 best participants in the International Brain Bee (IBB) Championship held recently.

He competed against 26 other participants from around the world like Germany, USA, Italy, Iran, Romania, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Israel, Singapore, England among others.

Benjamin successfully emerged as one of the 10 best participants at the International Brain Bee Championship 2016 competition.

Benjamin successfully emerged as one of the 10 best participants at the International Brain Bee Championship 2016 competition.

Wong won the Malaysian Brain Bee Challenge (MBBC) held in May where he also made history by being the first participant from Sarawak to take part in the competition and win. After his success, he went on to represent the country at the international level in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Benjamin (second left) with Professor Dr Muzaimi Mustapha (left) and Professor Dr Norsiah (right) after winning the Malaysian Brain Bee Challenge last May.

Benjamin (second left) with Professor Dr Muzaimi Mustapha (left) and Professor Dr Norsiah (right) after winning the Malaysian Brain Bee Challenge last May.

The state-level project was under the University Community Transformation Centre (UCTC) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) through collaboration between Unimas and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) led by Associate Professor Dr Norsiah Fauzan.

The programme was a Unimas initiative to foster interest among Sarawakian students in the field of neuroscience.

Wong’s participation had also received contributions from several parties including the Bawang Assan Community Service Centre, Pusat Pembangunan Pendidikan Yayasan Sarawak, Batu Kawah assemblyman Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian, and Fazruddin Abdul Rahman from P194 Petra Jaya Service Centre.

Dato Sri Wong (second left) presented the donation in the form of a cheque to Associate Professor Dr Norsiah (second right) at Bangunan Baitulmakmur recently.

Dato Sri Wong (second left) presented the donation in the form of a cheque to Associate Professor Dr Norsiah (second right) at Bangunan Baitulmakmur recently.

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