SIM claims second place in Business China Youth Showdown finals

Calvin Kong reports on success for the SIM Global Education team in a competition which addressed hot-button issues pertaining to China's growth
The successful SIM Global Education team
The SIM team: Lim Teng Hwee (4th from left), Zhao Huan (5th from left) and Jacky Oh (3rd from right)
My life as a student in SIM has been enriched and more fulfilling having had this learning journey with faculty and staff

On 13 July, some 200 students across various junior colleges, Integrated Programme (IP) schools, polytechnics and universities attended the Business China Youth Showdown finals, a bilingual national platform for Singaporean youths to showcase their research and address hot-button issues pertaining to China's growth.

SIM Global Education fielded a team comprising Lim Teng Hwee (BSc Economics and Finance) and Zhao Huan (BSc Banking and Finance) from the University of London programme, along with Jacky Oh from the Diploma of International ​Business programme.

Up against Singapore Management University, Hwa Chong Institute, National Junior College, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Millenia Institute, SIM had an excellent showing, coming in second. The overall champion was Hwa Chong Institute, while Singapore Polytechnic emerged second runner-up.

The Showdown, themed 'Youths and the Sharing Economy', saw the five finalist teams presenting their research about the challenges, opportunities and implications of the sharing economy for Singapore. (Pictured below: the SIM team receiving their award from Ms Sim Ann.)

The SIM team accepting their award

In her welcome remarks, Guest-of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and Ministry of Finance, said: "The concept of the 'sharing economy' is transforming the way we work, live and play… By choosing 'Youths and the Sharing Economy'… Business China is focusing on a subject that not only has brought about significant changes to the economy worldwide, including to Singapore and China, but (also) looks set to influence business and industries for some time to come."

The judging panel consisted of Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Assistant Vice President (New Growth), Lianhe Zaobao; Mr Benjamin Cheong, Partner, Technology, Media and Telecommunications/ Competition Practice, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP; and Mr Olivier Darrieux, Manager (IT Advisory), KPMG.

Through this competition, the students grew in their personal development and felt enriched as they reflected on the journey. Teng Hwee reported: “This competition has sparked my interest in exploring various methods of presentation. Today, I am more confident of speaking in public. I am now fully aware of the urgent need for constant self-improvement. My life as a student in SIM has been enriched and more fulfilling having had this learning journey with faculty and staff.”

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