Kuala Lumpur, 7 July: INCEIF is proud to have two of its students vying to be a contender at the international level of the global Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) 2015. The two are MSc in Islamic Finance student Muhammad Mustapha Is’Haq and Chartered Islamic Finance Professional recent graduate Shamikh Khan.
Muhammad Mustapha Is’Haq
MGAC is Maybank’s talent search and recruitment competition. The annual challenge, which debuted in 2012, selects winners through a series of challenges that test the mind, endurance and creativity of the competitors. This year’s theme is #MoreThanAChallenge There are 14 participating countries including UK, US and China. Among the challenges are physical games which involved participants having to solve complicated puzzles; and research challenge where participants must analyse stock portfolios, country briefs and economic outlook before making a presentation on best stock options. In short, MGAC pushes the participant’s intellect, stretches his creativity and tests his endurance. Through the arrays of tests, participants must demonstrate their capacity to respond to rapidly-changing circumstances.
Muhammad Mustapha and Shamikh are now looking for support to vote them into the next level, the international finals. Participants or challengers as they are termed by MGAC, who make it through to the International Grand Finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur in August, stand to win a ‘People’s Choice’ award that will be decided by a public vote. For individuals who distinguish themselves throughout the International Grand Finals, MGAC is expanding its internship prizes to 2 new cities: the person with the highest individual score will be crowned the Ultimate Maybank GO Ahead. Challenger and will win an all-expenses-paid two-week internship in Maybank’s New York office along with US$1,000. Second- and third-highest scoring individuals will net a 2-week internship in Maybank London and US$750, and a 2-week internship in Maybank Hong Kong and US$500 USD, respectively. Moreover, there will be a special prize for the favourite Challenger as determined by public vote.
Even more opportunities are available to the Champion team and the Ultimate GO Ahead. Challenger as they will be able to engage with Maybank Group’s leaders at its ‘Transitioning Leaders to CEO Programme’ which aims to prepare its participants for future CEO roles in the Group. In addition to the life-changing experience, the Challengers stand a chance to earn a fast-track pass onto the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme. This is a two-year training and mentorship programme, with job rotations spanning across many different departments and the opportunity for an international placement at a Maybank office.
INCEIF, which prides itself as the bridge between academia and industry, has always encourage its students to push their capabilities beyond the classroom. The MGAC is one such opportunity for students to prepare themselves for the job market and network with potential employers.