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First time win for team Malaysia at global competition

UNM student and team members are global champions of Unilever Future Leaders League (UFLL) 2021


The Malaysian national team comprising University of Nottingham (UNM) Year One, BSc (Hons) Economics student Loh Nicole along with Raja Rajeswary from International University of Malaya-Wales and Winfrey Kong from University of San Diego, emerged as global champions at the Unilever Future Leaders League (UFLL) 2021, Unilever’s annual flagship business case competition that was conducted on both a national and global scale.

As the winning team, the all-women team will be attending the One Young World Summit that will be held in Tokyo, Japan, once travel restrictions ease, with the Unilever delegation in May 2022. They will also receive an opportunity to work with the Unilever Marketing Home Care team and receive mentoring under a Unilever Senior Leader. 

Having first emerged champions in the national level round of the competition on 26 February 2021, Nicole and her team members then went on to compete in the global competition where they emerged champions as well. The aim of the competition was to bring together university students from across the globe and have them showcase their business leadership skills as they took part in a challenge centred around a case study of Unilever’s brands. This year’s finals were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and received a total of 54,000 applications

“We competed against 78 finalists, who were split amongst 26 teams. This was the first time in Unilever history that Team Malaysia had emerged as the global champions for the UFLL,” Nicole said.

“It was incredibly inspiring to see so many driven individuals committed to innovating beyond the home care industry. I cannot be more thankful to both the local and global team at Unilever who made this experience one of the most memorable ones for me.”

The team was under the mentorship of UNM alumnus Dinesh Jayabalan (BA English Language and Literature, 2019), who is currently a trainee in the Unilever Future Leaders Programme.

(Article and thumbnail caption: Team Malaysia (from left to right): Winfrey Kong, Raja Rajeswary and Loh Nicole)


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. 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. Ranked 103rd out of more than 1,000 institutions globally and 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2022, the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive and disability sport provision is reflected in its crowning as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 Sports University of the Year. 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. Alongside Nottingham Trent University, we lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and is working with local communities and partners to aid recovery and renewal following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 28th July 2021

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