Final Round Results
- National Champion:
University Utara Malaysia
- Second Place:
Tenaga National University
- Third Place:
University of Malaysia
- Fourth Place:
University of Putra
On 26 and 27 May, nearly 1,300 people met in Kuala Lumpur at the Shah Alam Convention Center for our eighth national competition. The Enactus Malaysia National Competition was a high-energy, exciting event that showcased the incredible work accomplished by the student teams over the past year and celebrated the impact the organization has made in communities across the country. It was also a great example of the power of the Enactus program to make meaningful connections between students, faculty and business leaders, creating a powerful and unique experience for all involved.
The tough competition saw 21 teams present their outreach projects to more than 100 judges over three rounds of competition. In the end, judges named University Utara Malaysia as the national champion, earning the chance to compete at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing this fall. One of the projects that impressed the judges was Back2Bag, which aims to improve the standard of living and quality of life of disabled people, who face social discrimination, lack job opportunities, and are in economic distress, by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to transform used plastic bags into marketable products. Plastic bags were collected at recycling centers set up by the team and supplied to the participants who used them to create hand bags, pouches and purses, which were then sold to retailers. This year, 22 disabled people were empowered by this project, with two going on to become project trainers, and their monthly income increased by 135%. This initiative also had a significant environmental impact by recycling 10,320 plastic bags.
Clearly, the Enactus Malaysia program has made a positive impression on the corporate world with a long list of impressive companies supporting the event: CIMB Bank, Khazana Nasional, TalentCorp Malaysia, Bank Rakyat, KPMG, Westports, Pfizer, Fuji Xerox, Tenaga Nasional, Microsoft, Graduan, Media Prima, and Dato’ Resham Singh. One of the reasons for their involvement is the unique opportunity to connect with the future leaders of the country and during the competition, sponsors had the chance to interact directly with the more than 1,000 students in attendance at the Talent Matching session, a unique take on a traditional career fair where the nine participating companies each had a lounge area in addition to booth space, and students and recruiters had the chance to learn more about each other over in a reception format.
Delegates also had the chance to hear from Enactus Malaysia’s Royal Patron, who serves as an ambassador of sorts for the program, Y.A.M Tunku Besar Seri Menanti Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz. He shared his thoughts on the power and future of young people in Malaysia, the potential they have to shape the country, and the important role the Enactus program can play.
Other event highlights included a Top to Future-Top discussion, special competition award presentations, and the announcement of the All Star awards, a recognition program that rewards teams that perform well on the All Star index, which measures indicators such as event participation, institutional support, and timely communication with the national office.
Check out the announcement of the 2014 National Champion here, and watch the Enactus Malaysia National Competition highlights:
— Azrul Reza (@azrulRA) May 27, 2014