MGAC 2015

June 2, 2015, by Susan Lim

Eight UNMC students advance into National Level of MGAC 2015

For this year’s Maybank Go Ahead Challenge (MGAC 2015), The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) became the first of 26 campuses in the region to host the Campus Level stage. Sixty participants from local universities – including two-thirds from UNMC – had demonstrated their business acumen in an entire-day challenge, held in various on-campus venues on May 6, 2015.

During the Challenge briefing, UNMC Careers Advisory Services (CAS) Head, Alicia Ch’ng said the overwhelming response from UNMC students had prompted the CAS team to host the Campus Level stage with Maybank.

“Due to overwhelming response to this competition, with more than 300 UNMC students registering for the Challenge, the CAS team decided we wanted to work with Maybank to give students the first taste of the highly anticipated MGAC 2015. This business competition is one-of-its-kind in the region and is a pleasing arena for our students to expand their network and meet like-minded and motivated people from different parts of the world such as Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.”

Alicia added, regardless of whether the students win or lose, their participation will not only boost their resumes but their effort will eventually translate into soft skills that are more than welcomed in future job applications.

“Going forward, the hands-on teamwork experience in this competition will make them a much stronger job candidate in the future,” said Alicia.

The Campus Level stage was divided into exciting games in which the participants had to assume different team roles and collaboratively work on business case projects.

“The energy and effort from all the students were inspiring. All (participants) gave their best which resulted into very interesting outcomes and solutions to the challenges we had presented to them,” said one of MGAC 2015 organising commitee members Maria Fatima.

At the end of the Challenge, 10 students – eight from UNMC and two from Multimedia University – had advanced to the next stage, which is the National Level, joining other Campus Level finalists for a spot on the week-long Grand Finals scheduled in August, which will gather the best participants from more than 13 countries. The deserving team and individual winners will receive the ultimate cash prize of USD72,000 and become part of the prestigious Global Maybank Apprentice Programme.

Details of all UNMC qualifiers can be found below:

Mohamed Emad Abdelraouf Ahmed, BA (Honours) Finance, Accounting & Management
Teh Yong Lin, BSc(Honours) Applied Psychology & Management
Tasmia Maherien Chowdhury, BA (Honours) Business Economics & Finance
Chaitan Kumar Purmessur, BA (Honours) Business Economics & Finance
Yong Chung Li, BEng/MEng (Honours) Mechatronic Engineering|
Muhammad Hafiz bin Hassan, BA (Honours) Finance, Accounting & Management
Keng Wei Jin, MPhil/PhD Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering
Linur Chubaev, BA (Honours) Business Economics & Finance

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