UUM equips future business leaders with its BIGWORLD workshop

COVID-19 has left business owners scrambling to digitise operations and employees wondering when they can return to the workplace.

Needless to say, the pandemic has also ravaged our country’s economy, sending a ripple effect nationwide.

In light of the unprecedented crisis, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) organised a workshop on September 11 and 12 to better equip undergraduate students for the unpredictable business world.


Banking and Investment Grand Olympiad and Leadership Development (BIGWORLD) is a competition-based event by UUM’s Finance and Banking Society (FABS).

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The workshop, aptly themed “Unprecedented Crisis: Bouncing Back and Overcoming Hardships”, saw 60 participants from 14 educational institutions across Malaysia and the world joining.

All online? No problem!

Despite its online nature, the BIGWORLD 2021 workshop saw a range of interactive activities being offered.

Aside from corporate talks, keynote speeches and networking forums, there were also interactive sessions and team building activities such as Escape Room and Fireside Chat.

Students were challenged to not just participate but host the respective events too. They were also required to critically solve issues relevant in today’s business world.

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Renowned industry leaders

A list of reputable business leaders was also invited to speak at the BIGWORLD workshop to give students a clearer picture of the opportunities and challenges ahead.

This included Mr. Mohamad Fairuz Izwan Bin Basri, the Head of Maybank’s Youth Segment Marketing, and Dr.Rosnah Mat Zin, a former senior manager at Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Keeping up with the times

Surviving in the business world requires not only capital alone but also the ability and willingness to adapt to changes.

As such, it’s vital for students to be equipped with the necessary skill set to be on the same track with the times.

Want to know more? Check out the Instagram and Facebook of BIGWORLD 2021.

Also, follow FABS on their Instagram and Facebook page to be notified of such events!

Cover Images via FABS, UUM

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Author: Anna Wong
Proofreader: Sarah Yeoh