HELP business students win big
THE look of joy on Ng Ka Jeng’s face when her winning team emerged as champions in the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge 2013 said it all.
Ng and her five teammates beat eight other teams during the recent gruelling five-day grand finals of the challenge.
The team walked away with a prize of US$30,000 (RM96,510).
It was not an easy task, considering that Ng was one of 54 finalists selected from 5,000 applicants hailing from 10 countries where Maybank has a presence.
GO Ahead Challenge
The GO Ahead Challenge is Maybank Group’s strategy to find “thinker individuals” to work for the bank and help sustain its future growth.
The challenge comprised a myriad of tasks that tested the ability of the applicants to plan and strategise a series of jobs over five days.
Ng’s team “Transformers” has six participants who are undergraduates from universities in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
According to Ng, their teamwork and resilience for the whole challenge enabled them to emerge as winners.
Apart from the financial reward, each winning finalist was offered a placement opportunity in the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP) for fresh graduates.
Upon graduation, Ng can look forward to being in the GMAP programme, which also includes a six-month attachment to Maybank locations internationally.
“I really could not have done it without the support of my lecturers and my parents. My lecturers coached me on how to build up stamina and mental strength to last the gruelling competition,” said Ng.
Another big winner from the Business Department is Joel Wong, a final-year accounting student.
With just a week to go before the deadline for the inaugural Ernst & Young Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) 2013 Malaysia competition, he took up the challenge on his technical abilities and commercial strengths by submitting a 2,000-word essay on tax-related issues and was selected to be a finalist.
Wong went on to win the national competition and emerged as the national YTYP 2013.
He received RM8,000 in cash and an eightweek paid internship at Ernst & Young as part of the winning package.
During the competition, Wong competed with contestants from other universities to take home the top prize.
He then went on to represent Malaysia at the YTPY international final which was held from Aug 26-29 this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. He competed against 27 country top finalists who had already been named the Young Tax Professional of the Year in their home countries and emerged in the top six.
HELP University Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting senior lecturer Gooi Chee San said that one of the secrets to the success of the business students is the dedication and devotion of lecturers in meticulously coaching and nurturing them to bring out their best.
As one of the largest business schools for a private educational institution in Malaysia, HELP University has more than 20 years of experience in offering accounting and finance undergraduate programmes.
Graduates of HELP Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Honours programme are given maximum exemptions by various international professional accounting bodies such as Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) (nine out of 14 subjects) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) (eight out of 15 subjects).
The programme is also the first in a university in Malaysia to be accredited by Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, making HELP the first private institution in Malaysia to be accredited by an Australian professional body.
This enables graduates to be eligible to apply to become an associate member of CPA and complete the CPA programme.
HELP is also recognised by top univer- sities such as University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Australian National University, Griffith University, Deakin University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, University of Essex, Oxford Brookes University, Northumbria University and Newcastle University for credit transfer after completing the first or second year at HELP.
HELP University president and vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Paul Chan has high hopes for top achievers such as Ng and Wong.
“It is not enough to do well in your studies and obtain good degrees.
“Our students must also look beyond their specialisms and subject majors and attune themselves to world trends and events.
“They should aspire to be mobile and find employment anywhere in the world. This is not difficult as Malaysians are equipped with multiple language skills. The world is their hunting ground,” said Dr Chan, who has worked and studied in many countries and cultures.
As testament to the quality of the programmes at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting, many outstanding students have been awarded scholarships as part of credit transfers and tie-ups with overseas universities.
Ten students received scholarships from University of Queensland in July this year.
Lim Su Wee received a 50% scholarship from the University of Melbourne to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree in July 2013.
Sharon Tan Yuen Mun and Mohamed Ziyad Abdul Rahman were the beneficiaries of a 50% scholarship from the University of Wollongong.
HELP students have also won various industry and professional bodies’ awards and book prizes from KPMG, PWC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte-Kassim Chan, HSBC, CIMB, ShangriLa, Hwang-DBS, Mustapha, Khoo & Co, The Folks DFK & Co, RHB, The Kelly Services, DHL, CPA, Australia, ACCA, MICPA, ICA, Australia and CIMA.
Further cementing their stronghold on the competition front, HELP students have in the last few years participated in and won competitions such as the OSK Investment Challenge, L’Oreal Brandstorm Competition, CIMA Global Business Challenge, Way Forward with CIMB Trading Competition, Global Enterprise Experience Competition, The Budding Value Investor Award and CFA Institute Research Challenge.
For details on the business programmes in HELP and the next intake on Jan 15, 2014, call 03-2094 2000 or log in to http://www. help.edu.my
Ka Jeng being congratulated on her success by Datuk Dr Paul Chan. Looking on are senior lecturers Gooi Chee San (standing left) and Liew Huey Min who have mentored many winners.