"Our efforts, ideas, and creativity have been paid off. UGM becomes the winner and receives the first Prize Award of US$10,000," the UGM student who joined this public university`s team members, Timothy Elia Tallulembang, said here on Tuesday.
Among the 11 finalists came from such prestigious universities as the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technology University (NTU), while UGM was one of four Indonesian universities joining the competition, Tallulembang said.
The UGM team`s success in winning the competition thanks to its idea of developing an environmentally-friendly and healthy particle board by using the palm oil wastes, he said, adding that a board of judges came from several prestigious institutions.
The judges came from NUS, NTU, National Environment Agency, and Singapore Environment Council to examine and evaluate the works of all finalists of the competition co-organized by Sembcorp Marine and Shell Eastern Trading International, he said.
The victory of the UGM team`s work in this annual international competition was caused by its relevance to the event, which highlighted a theme of "enjoying trees in their natural habitat", and by its feasibility of being comercialized, he said.
As a result of this victory, the UGM team members did not merely receive a prize of US$10,000 and an opportunity to participate in an internship program at Shell for one month, he said.
For this competition, the UGM team members were supervised by two teaching staff of the university`s chemical engineering, Wiratni and Budhijanto. Two other UGM team members were Ganang Dino Utama and Muhammad Fahmi Abdul Aziz, he said.
Reporting by Bambang Sutopo Hadi, Rahmad Nasution