UTS Beta Alpha Psi Wins Awards in Washington DC
UTS Beta Alpha Psi (UTS BAP), a student-led international honours organisation for Accounting, Finance and Information Systems students, has continued its winning streak of 2018 at the BAP Annual Conference in Washington DC, held on 9 to 11 August.
Over 300 universities from around the world attended the event, and UTS BAP, represented by executive members Jay Yadav (2nd Year Bachelor of Accounting), Jacob Grover (2nd Year Bachelor of Accounting), Matt D’Cruz (3rd Year Bachelor of Accounting), Michael Meliss (2nd Year Bachelor of Business) and Mansha Singh (3rd Year Bachelor of Business), won awards for outstanding practices and development of student ethics.
Yadav and D’Cruz gave a stellar presentation, placing second internationally in the Best Practices Award sponsored by Deloitte. This comes after a first-place finish for the duo at the BAP Oceania Regional Meeting earlier this year.
Together with USYD BAP, the UTS team also won the 2018 Grant Thornton Ethics Award in recognition of their joint Ethics Case Competition event, where they were challenged to apply their ethical decision-making skills in a unique escape-room situation and in real-life case studies.
Grover (Vice President of UTS BAP) was nominated to compete in the Project Run With It consulting case competition where he had a day and a half to develop a formal presentation to provide solutions to a real-life problem facing the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
“It was a huge honour to be nominated as a presenter in the Project Run With It competition,” said Grover. “I worked with a group of students from US universities to create tangible solutions for an amazing non-for-profit organisation impacting on the Washington community.”
UTS Business School lecturers and BAP faculty advisers Dr Anna Loyeung and Dr Nelson Ma have said: “All the wins we have had so far at regional and annual meetings attest to the quality of students at UTS. Not only are our BAP members academically motivated, they also possess strong business acumen and the ability to present under high-pressure situations.”
D’Cruz, Meliss, Singh and Yadav also participated in the Beta Alpha Psi International Literacy Day sponsored by KPMG, visiting underserved neighbourhoods, distributing textbooks and speaking to children about the importance of literacy.
“The BAP annual meeting, which included 1800 attendees, seamlessly combined professional development and community service,” said Yadav. “Spending time with the young kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and teaching them the importance of literary [was] the highlight on my trip.”
Find out more at UTS BAP.