HELP busi­ness stu­dents win big

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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.

Ded­i­cated lec­tur­ers

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.

Qual­ity pro­grammes

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.

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