Curtin Malaysia accounting students gain first-hand insights into Shin Yang’s operations

Miri, Sarawak – 11 June 2024 – To bridge the gap between academia and industry, final-year accounting students at Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) went on an industrial visit to the Shin Yang Corporation Office here recently. Hosted by Curtin Malaysia’s long-time industry partner, Shin Yang Group of Companies, this visit provided the students with an invaluable opportunity to gain first-hand insights into corporate operations.

Organised by the External Engagement Committee at the Faculty of Business, the industrial visit aimed to enhance theoretical knowledge with practical insights from real-world business environments. Throughout the visit, students engaged in a dynamic learning experience, gaining a comprehensive understanding of various facets of the conglomerate’s operations.

Through engaging presentations, interactive sessions, and guided tours, the students explored Shin Yang’s diverse business portfolio, which includes plantation, logistics, hospitality, and manufacturing. They witnessed the inner workings of a leading player in Sarawak’s corporate landscape, from strategic decision-making processes to innovative initiatives driving sustainable growth.

“This visit has been an eye-opening experience for our students,” remarked Yip Ka Yii, Associate Dean of External Engagement at the Faculty of Business. “It gave them a holistic view of corporate operations and exposed them to real-world challenges and opportunities. Such immersive experiences are invaluable in preparing our future graduates to navigate the complexities of the business world effectively.”

As part of the visit, the students also participated in a real-life job interview simulation through an online test, providing invaluable hands-on experience in the corporate world. During this session, the students tackled challenging scenarios and questions, testing their problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and industry knowledge.

“Our goal is to provide students with a realistic preview of what to expect in job interviews,” explained Bryan Chen, Chief Operating Officer of Shin Yang Corporation. “We believe in nurturing talent and empowering the next generation of professionals. By offering this simulation test, we hope to equip students with the skills and confidence needed to excel in their career journeys,” he added.

As the visit concluded, the students expressed gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the simulation test, noting its relevance to their career development. Many remarked on the invaluable lessons learned and the confidence gained from the experience.

Curtin Malaysia offers Curtin’s 3-year Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting to meet the demand for qualified accountants in Malaysia and beyond to help businesses, governments, organisations and individuals with finance management. Students can develop expertise in areas such as auditing, taxation, insolvency, compliance, accounting systems and technology, and other areas. If they graduate with a Curtin accounting qualification, they are eligible to join a range of professional accounting bodies operating in Malaysia, Australia, and internationally.

Accounting is also coupled with finance in the 3-year Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance double-major, allowing graduates to also work in corporate finance for big business, for well-known financial institutions, or in financial markets in Malaysia and overseas.

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The students listening attentively to the presentations by Shin Yang’s Senior Management Team

Yip (front row, left) presenting a token of appreciation to Chen, while the students and others look on