Maybank challenge enters third season

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The Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge 2014 is on. This exciting international business case competition, offering the brightest young minds from the Southeast Asian region and across the globe an opportunity to exhibit their potential in a multi-discipline and multi-national platform, has entered its third season with the promise of a bigger, bolder and better challenge awaiting its participants.

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This year’s edition of the Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) was formally launched in April 2014 by Maybank Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Puan Nora Abdul Manaf, at a special event held at the Golden Screen Cinema, Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Speaking at the launch, Puan Nora highlighted, “This is the first student competition in the region, we know of, that test participants in multiple disciplines, where others focus on one like marketing, or stock-broking, or finance. The Go Ahead. Challenge combines multi-disciplines reflecting how we do business, bringing the whole Bank to the customers.”

“The ultimate pride of the Challenge is that 85 percent of the graduated finalists from previous MGACs have joined us,” she added. “This demonstrates Maybank’s attractiveness as the employer of choice amongst top graduates from across the globe.” Past MGAC finalists from Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Thailand are currently part of the Global Maybank Apprentice Program (GMAP), an exclusive two-year graduate development program that gives participants a holistic learning experience aimed to accelerate their development into a management role upon completion.

The Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge is considered the region’s most prestigious business talent recruitment competition, offering a dynamic learning platform to the brightest young minds who will make the cut. Those who will reach the grand finale competition face-off in a series of challenges that encourages critical thinking, inspires confidence and nurtures the intellectual and social development necessary for success in college, career and life.

This year’s MGAC is participated in by 14 countries, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and USA, an increase from the 10 that joined last year.

Qualified participants worldwide will compete individually and in teams for the chance to make it to international grand finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur and win a total cash prizes of $72,000. The Ultimate GO Ahead Challenger (individual winner) will be awarded an additional $1,000 cash, plus a two-week internship experience in Maybank New York.

Best of all, both the Champion Team and the Ultimate GO Ahead Challenger will win exclusive participation in Maybank’s Global Leadership Development Program with Maybank’s most influential top 50 leaders, to exchange ideas, engage in intellectual discourse and share their thoughts.

All grand finalists also earn fast-track entry into the highly-sought after Global Maybank Apprentice Programme to kick-start their careers in the Banking and Finance industry.

The introduction of the Campus Level stage across 15 campuses in the region, a new feature in the 2014 edition, is expected to spur even greater excitement amongst the Challengers this year prior to the National Levels and International Grand Finals in August 2014.

In the Philippines, 100 candidates have been shortlisted from over 1,000 entries to compete in the Campus Level challenge, which has been played at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (College of Business Administration, May 28) and Ateneo de Manila University (Convergent Technologies Center, May 30). The number will be further trimmed down, with only those who will survive the cut advancing to the National Levels to be played in July 2014.

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