Taylor’s University Students Emerged Champions at the AFECA Asia Mice Youth Challenge 2017 Regional Challenge in Taiwan

Four Taylor’s University students, representing Malaysia, did the country proud when they emerged champions at the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge 2017 Regional Challenge held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, recently, for the first time.  Organised by the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA), the competition provided an ideal platform for students to use their creativity to present fresh and unique ideas for the MICE industry.  This year, the competition had 14 participating teams from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Macao, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan.

Ms Renee Foong (Lecturer & Mentor) standing in the centre with the winning students and other delegates
The winning team comprising Year 2 Bachelor of International Tourism Management (Event Management) students, Chong Kah Kei, Lim Wei Shi, Lee Yanny and Ng Wai Yen, under the guidance of their lecturers and mentors, Ms Renee Foong and Ms Sharon Linang Jimbun, spent countless hours researching and rehearsing their presentations from the moment they became champions at the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge 2017 Malaysia Challenge in July this year.

The team presented their winning proposal titled Split Second 2019 – A Convention that Unites Against Human Trafficking to the judges which aims to bring memorable and meaningful experience designed to achieve one of the sustainability goals of ASEAN which is to fight human trafficking.

Ms Renee Foong, Taylor’s University lecturer and mentor to the students, shared, “I’m extremely happy and proud of the students. The commitment to be part of the competition takes a lot of perseverance and discipline. But the ultimate reward is the experience they gained. They developed better time management, higher resilience in encountering challenges, better strategic thinking, communication and presentations skills, and increased productivity and efficiency.”

The Winning Team (Left-to-right); Lim Wei Shi, Ng Wai Yen, Chong Kah Kei & Lee Yanny
Team leader, Ng Wai Yen claimed that the experience taught her how to professionally prepare a proposal and how to successfully bid a proposal. “My biggest gain is the ability to overcome my fear in public speaking and gaining the confidence in managing and working in a team to achieve a common goal”.

Chong Kah Kei, who also won one of the best presenter awards, said, “Practice makes perfect! We work well as a team and we overcome our team biggest challenge, which is to present our proposal in 6 minutes while communicating our message to the judges and audience in a clear and interesting manner.”

Lim Wei Shi and Lee Yanny added that the experience improved their research, creative and strategic thinking, communications and developing business proposal skills. The experience also gave them the opportunity to apply knowledge that they learned in a real business scenario. Both agreed that the sleepless nights and umpteenth times of practising has been so worth it.

As Champion, the team won a trophy and cash prize of USD2,000.00.

Taylor’s University School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events under The Faculty of Hospitality, Food & Leisure Management supports and encourages students to participate in competitions as such. Apart from obtaining knowledge and skills in classrooms, it is an avenue to cultivate essential graduate capabilities such as communication skills, thinking and problem solving skills outside of the classroom setting.