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Beta Alpha Psi regional meeting a ‘resounding success’

16 May 2017

Beta Alpha Psi regional meeting

Employers have been urged to consider recruiting University of Sydney Business School students who belong to the international Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) because they demonstrate leadership, teamwork and communication skills.  

BAP is an international organisation that recognises outstanding academic achievements and promotes study and practice in the field of accounting, finance, and information systems for students and professionals.

A recent two day Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Oceania Regional Meeting, held at the Business School, was a ‘resounding success’ according to the BAP Faculty Advisor.

The meeting, which aims to provide leadership development and build professional and social relationships between international members, professionals, and academics, while assisting the transition from student to professional, hosted international guests and prominent alumni.

Edward Chang (BCom/MD, BAP University of Sydney President) and David Ma (BCom/LLB, BAP University of Sydney Vice President) won the Strategic Planning category of the Best Practices competition for the Oceania region held during the Sydney meeting.

“I am immensely proud of the Beta Alpha Psi executive team consisting of Edward Chang, David Ma, Camellia Cheng, Brian Kane and Rehan Rana, who worked tirelessly in the months leading up to the event,” said the Business School’s Beta Alpha Psi Faculty Advisor, Janine Coupe.

“If employers are looking for students who can demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication skills and commitment then the BAP executive are ideal as they combine the strengths of the Business School’s education and Beta Alpha Psi membership,” she added.

Edward and David will go on to compete at the annual BAP Best Practices competition, which sees representatives from over 300 universities, known as ‘chapters’, compete for recognition. Edward Chang and David Ma were runners up in the Annual Meeting last year, making history as the first Oceania region representatives to place.

The Regional Meeting heard from Lily Wu, a young entrepreneur, co-founder and director of Austern International, which connects Australian students to high growth start-ups and multinationals in the Asia Pacific region and Sean Wengel, a Principal of Business Recovery at William Buck.

An impressive alumni panel consisting of past BAP presidents and executives representing CBA, BCG, PwC and Deloitte in a wide range of fields from consulting, finance and advisory shared their insights and experiences with current BAP members discussing how BAP prepared them for the professional world and contributed to their career success.

The meeting was also attended by members of the BAP Board of Directors and students and faculty from the University of Sydney, University of Technology, Monash University, Deakin University, University of Auckland, Victoria University Wellington and Waikato University.

“The two day event was a resounding success with the US President declaring it the highlight of his presidency,” said Ms Coupe.