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Nottingham students win HSBC Malaysia Business Case Competition for the second time

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A team of students from University of Nottingham Malaysia won the HSBC Malaysia Business Case Competition for the second time, having won the competition in 2015. The teams were also First Runners-Up in 2016 and 2014.

This year, the team represented Malaysia in the HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2018 that took place in Hong Kong recently after sweeping the champions title at the national level of the HSBC Malaysia Business Case Competition 2018 held in April 2018. The competition was held from 5 to 8 June 2018.

National Champions

The Malaysian leg of the competition kicked off with 24 teams from various universities in Malaysia participating in initial rounds, from which 12 teams entered the semi-finals and 4 teams competed in the finals, that were held at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur on 26 April 2018. In the finals, the teams were tasked to provide solutions to a business case study within a time frame of 3 hours.

The Nottingham team consisted of third-year Business School student Low Song Yong, second-year Business School students Phung Pei Shan and Phileon Phua Wei Soon, and third-year School of Economics student Rynn Leow Chok Nam.

According to the team leader Rynn Leow: “We are proud to have represented the University of Nottingham Malaysia and Malaysia in the national and regional editions of the HSBC Business Case Competition, which is unique in the level of rigour it expects of participants in terms of the knowledge and understanding required to analyse and solve business scenarios.”

“The case studies we encountered were vastly diverse and complex, ranging from issues faced by startups to trade policy to dilemmas faced by prominent business figures. We faced tough competition from the other universities, and we are grateful to have benefited from the exposure to current issues in the business environment that we receive as Nottingham students, ” Rynn said.

As Champion, the team received a cash prize of RM15,000, together with gift plaques and certificates. The first, second and third runners-up positions were taken by Taylor’s University, Sunway University and Multimedia University, respectively.

‘Most collegial’ awards

After advancing to the Quarter-Finals at the regional-level HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition held at The University of Hong Kong in June, the Nottingham team went on to receive the ‘Most Collegial Team’ Award, with team member Phileon Phua also receiving the ‘Most Collegial Student Award’. The regional competition was won by the student team from Yonsei University, Korea, who received a USD10,000 cash prize.

“The most memorable aspect of the competition at both the Malaysian and regional levels was that of personal growth – how each of us strove to improve ourselves by testing our boundaries and working through difficult situations as a team,” said Rynn.

According to Nottingham University Business School Malaysia Associate Professor of Green Economics Dr Pek Chuen Khee, the competition challenges students to dig deep into the ability to apply their thought processes, analytical skills and also soft skills to solving real-life business situations.

“We are grateful that our students have had this invaluable opportunity to bridge academic learning with corporate practice, and we are very proud that they have come so far in their achievements,” Dr Pek said.

Acting Dean of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia, Dr Mohan V. Avvari, says, “We are very proud of our students’ achievements at the HSBC Business Case Competition, along with successes in other competitions that they have excelled in this year.

“This reflects our students’ ability to apply what they learn in class to business situations, and the relevance to industry of the content delivered in our degree programmes. This year, the ‘Most Collegial’ awards that our students bagged at the regional level also demonstrate their ability to connect and relate well with the communities they are in.”

Information Day, MBA and MSc Preview

The University of Nottingham Malaysia will be hosting its Information Day on 18 August from 10am to 4pm and postgraduate previews for MBA on 16 August 2018 from 7:00pm - 8.30pm, and for MSc Finance & Investment, MSc International Business, MSc Business & Management and MSc Professional Accountancy on 18 July and 5 September from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. For more information email us at or consult:

About Nottingham University Business School Malaysia

Nottingham University Business School Malaysia has had more than a decade's experience in providing international quality teaching and scholarship in various areas of business, management and finance, and is part of an elite global group of business schools accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). Find out more about the School at

(Image caption: The Nottingham team, champions of the HSBC Malaysia Business Case Competition 2018 (from left to right): HSBC Global Banking Country Co-Head Omar Mahmoud, HSBC  Wholesale Credit and Market Risk Country Head Olivier Berranger, Dr Pek Chuen Khee, Low Song Yong, Phung Pei Shan, Phileon Phua Wei Soon, Rynn Leow Chok Nam,  HSBC Country Head of Corporate Sustainability Devika Rajamanickam and Enactus Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Zul Saadon.


More information is available from Dr Pek Chuen Khee,  Chan Wen Li, Director of Information and Communications of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia or Josephine Dionisappu, PR and Communications Manager at University of Nottingham Malaysia on +6 (03) 8924 8746.  

Notes to editors: 

The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

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Posted on 13th July 2018

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