Victorious Start to a New Academic Year

Low Yan Lin, our fourth year undergraduate, beat 59 other contestants to win the second runners-up in the individual category for the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge, held in Kuala Lumpur from 10 to 17 August.

Yanlin (centre) with Datuk Abdul Farid Alias (Right), Group President & Chief Executive Officer of Maybank, and Nora Abd Manaf (Left), Group Chief Human Capital Officer.

Yanlin (centre) with Datuk Abdul Farid Alias (Right), Group President & Chief Executive Officer of Maybank, and Nora Abd Manaf (Left), Group Chief Human Capital Officer.

The Maybank Go Ahead Challenge 2014, now in its third year, is a multi-disciplinary business talent competition open to graduates and university students, testing their business acumen, problem-solving skills, mathematical ability, and their capacity to work in high-pressure environments. Some 60 candidates were selected from more than 10,000 global applicants  to go through grand finale where they competed with participants from 10 countries and territories, including  Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China and the UK.

“This competition has given me an opportunity to try many different types of cases – ranging from M&A negotiations, VC capital pitch, market entry and even corporate governance – in just seven days.I enjoyed interacting with the brightest minds from all over the region, and having the chance to work with my team mates, from Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong,” says Yan Lin.

Unlike many undergraduate competitions, the business cases and situations in the Maybank challenge are as close to reality as possible. “While en route to Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur, we were asked to prepare a press release about an alleged product scandal which commenced the moment we arrived in Jakarta! I have truly learned how to deal with the unexpected and persevering through stressful situations.”

NUS BBA Supply Chain

(L-R): Assoc Prof Thompson Teo, Tan Yin Yun, Cheng Pak Wing and Lee Cher Kian

Meanwhile, back home, team Logicom, comprising of NUS BBA students Tan Yin Yun, Cheng Pak Wing and Lee Cher Kian won the second prize in the Supply Chain Asia Management Challenge held at the Supply Chain Asia forum in Singapore. With guidance from Associate Professor Thompson Teo, the team was among eight finalists to be given an opportunity to present its case study to an esteemed panel of judges from the supply chain industry. The competition focuses on challenges and opportunities of e-Commerce in supply chain.

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