The task was daunting from the start – it was the inaugural Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Audit and Accounting Challenge 2010.
The competitors were a force to reckon with - 50 teams and almost 250 participants from NTU, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and NP.
The four girls from the School of Business and Accountancy who called themselves Team Creators - Zhang Xiao Yu, 21, Ooi Su Xin, 19, Zhang Xin Dan, 21, and Linda Pang Shu En, 19 – did not think that they would make it far.
But the final-year Accountancy students ended up clinching the fourth position and a prize of $400.
The first and second positions went to two teams from NUS, and a team from SP was placed third. They won $1,200, $800, and
Says Xiao Yu, 21, “Our third runner-up placing proved that we were able to compete with university students.”
The challenge consisted of a preliminary round where students had to individually answer 40 multiple-choice questions. The top four teams then proceeded to the case study round, where they were tasked with presenting solutions for the case study.
Xiao Yu adds, “We were nervous. However, the moment we stepped onstage, we calmed down and smiled at each other.”
Speaking also of the worry they felt being pitched against more experienced university students, Linda says, “The university students are more knowledgeable than us and hence better able to tackle the advanced questions. Moreover, the time given was really short, so we had to divide our time to complete as many parts as we could.”
Already, the girls are raring to join next year’s competition.
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