UTS students to represent Australia in US after regional win
UTS Business students have once again come out on top at the Beta Alpha Psi Oceania Regional meeting, held in Melbourne on 26-28 April, for the first time winning all three competition categories. The team will now represent Australia and New Zealand at the international competition in Chicago in August.
The regional meeting saw the best and brightest business students from around Australia and New Zealand, including students from the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and University of Auckland, take part in the two-day event.
Beta Alpha Psi is a global organisation for accounting, finance and information systems students that recognises outstanding academic achievement and promotes leadership in the field. It was founded in the US in 1919 and this year celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Faculty Advisors for the UTS chapter Dr Anna Loyeung and Dr Nelson Ma praised the efforts of the UTS students, as well as their professionalism and commitment.
“For the first time, UTS won all three competition categories, which is an outstanding result. This means UTS will be the sole university representing Australia and New Zealand in Chicago, competing against more than 300 chapters,” said Dr Loyeung.
"The quality of presentations by all three UTS teams was unmatched this year and showcased the strengths of UTS in instilling professionalism and a dedication to giving back to the community in our students,” said Dr Ma, who travelled to Melbourne with the students.
The primary aim of the student-led UTS Beta Alpha Psi chapter is to help student members develop into ethical, professional and confident business leaders of the future and contribute to the wider community.
At the regional competition, the UTS teams gave presentations highlighting their work fostering ethical, social and public responsibility (the ‘Roots’ category), their use of technology (the ‘Branches’ category) and serving the community (the ‘Shade’ category).
Amelia Malone and Cody Adam won the ‘Roots’ category, Jay Yadav and Mansha Singh won the ‘Branches’ category and James Hewat and Paige Perry won the ‘Shade’ category. All participants had the opportunity to network, hone leadership skills and share ideas about best practice.
UTS Beta Alpha Psi chapter president Mansha Singh said winning all three categories was a great achievement and showed the calibre of UTS members. “The winning presentations showcased the strong portfolio of social and professional initiatives here at UTS," she said.
UTS chapter Vice President Jay Yadav said Beta Alpha Psi was unique because it provided the opportunity to join an international network offering both professional development and a platform to give back to the community.
“The organisation seamlessly combines professional skills development and public service to help me and my colleagues become more career-ready as well as a better corporate citizens,” said Yadav.
The UTS chapter’s current success follows on the back of a first place finish at last year’s regional meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, and second place overall for their category at the 2018 annual meeting in Washington DC.
UTS Beta Alpha Psi members also recently took part in the Artificial Intelligence Ethics competition, sponsored by Grant Thornton, with a panel of practitioners and academics awarding UTS the winning prize.
Find out more, or sign up to become a student member, on the UTS Beta Alpha Psi website.