From left to right: Liew Huey Min (Deputy Head, Department of Business Studies of HELP University), Hishammuddin Salleh (Vice President of Strategic Programme, Group Human Capital of Maybank), Stephen Wu (Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting of HELP University), and Abdul Azis (Head, School of Hospitality & Tourism of HELP University).
HELP University hosted the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge (MGAC) campus level of the competition on 7th June 2017 where more than 60 students from various local universities participated in the event. Students from HELP Group represented the largest number of participants for the day and Loh Rachel of HELP University emerged as the champion of the campus level held at HELP University after a full day of gruelling trials and tests.
Rachel is a second-year Bachelor of Psychology student and a Merit Award scholarship holder who is active in various student activities. “My past experiences at HELP and that of my extracurriculars have helped me tremendously during the challenge. My current role as the Executive Director of External Outreach and Publicity of the International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates (ICMS), and my current internship with PwC have given me the opportunity to sharpen my skills in leadership, communication and problem-solving which I felt were core competencies being tested at MGAC Campus Levels.”
Some of the finalists celebrating their victory after an exhausting day of challenges.
“Moreover, as a Psychology student, the strong research foundation that had been strengthened by our lecturers at HELP was beneficial, especially during the debate challenges. Adding on, due to the supportive environment we have at HELP, I wasn’t really worried about making it into Nationals as I was already grateful and honoured to be part of the MGAC experience.”
Stephen Wu, Vice-President and also Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting of HELP University, was invited to present an opening remark, and he said, “This is a challenging competition and it is good to see more than 60 participants at this event today. It is a long journey and we are truly honoured to be given the opportunity to be one of the host institutions for the campus level of the competition. We would like to thank Encik Hishamuddin Salleh, Vice President of Strategic Programme, Group Human Capital of Maybank and the organisers from the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge for the confidence they have in us.”
Encik Hishamuddin gave the participants a rundown of the MGAC 2017 and its different levels, which include the preliminary online assessment, campus level, national level and global level. He also informed the participants of the traits that are needed to emerge victorious, such as stamina, creativity and teamwork.
During the MGAC 2017, participants faced stimulating case challenges and fun physical activities that tested their cognitive skills, leadership, teamwork, communication, integrity and personal growth. Participants were divided into teams and had to overcome four case challenges. Some of the challenges included case studies, presentations, debates, a board game challenge and a series of physical activities.
Loh Rachel emerged as the champion of the MGAC campus level at HELP University.
About MGAC 2017
The MGAC is an international case competition that is designed to stretch the candidates to their limits, physiologically or psychologically and to help them find their true selves, unleash their passion and realize their true potential. The challenge comprises four levels: online assessment, campus level, national level and global finals. The Global Finalists of the MGAC may receive a fast-pass to the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme and there are up to USD70,000 worth of cash prizes for the top three teams.