'Excelsior has been a learning experience to enhance my skill-set in Microsoft Excel. It was fun attending the interactive workshops learning the basics and complex functions of excel. The cases were interesting to solve as well as challenging. It was a worthwhile to learn and implement excel, all thanks to NSU Finance club,' said Injamam Wadud Dihan, after achieving the first position. First runners-up Ishmam Ishtiaque mentioned, 'This accolade has been a tremendous boost to my morale, augmenting my self-confidence.' Second runners-up Tanzim Ahmed Akash affirmed, 'Surely, it is a very exciting moment and the feelings are precious for me as I have been selected in the top three of Excelsior'17 arranged by NSU finance club.'
Excelsior 2017, an intra university competition for North South University (NSU) organised by NSU Finance Club, was ended with a grand finale on April 11, 2017. Excelsior is signature competition of NSU Finance Club, aimed to develop hard skills, mainly focusing on Microsoft Excel, of students through training and practical case challenges.
The finale took place inside North South University premises. The chief guest was the Dean of School of Business and Economics of North South University M Mahboob Rahman. Addressing the students, he said, 'NSU Finance Club is the first co- curricular club under the NSU School of Business and Economics. It is a matter of pride to see such young minds innovating competitions for the development of their fellow students. Besides systematic education, co - curricular activities are also essential and events like this focuses on how to improve students in both fields.' Following his speech, the faculty advisor of NSU Finance Club Shahran Abu Sayeed handed over the certificates to the top 10 participants. Followed by that, the Dean addressed the top three winners of Excelsior 2017. The champion was awarded with Tk 20,000, first runners- up got Tk 10,000 and the second runners-up Tk 5,000.
Followed by that, the facilitators of Excelsior 2017 received certificates from the faculty advisor. He also presented crests to the strategic partner Skillhut BD, media partners- The Financial Express, Samakal and Bangla Tribune, radio partner- Radio Foorti, photography partner- Metro Weddings, and the mentor and former General Secretary of NSU Finance Club Miftah Ul Alam. At the end of the event, the president of NSU Finance Club Tahmid Enayet said, 'The idea of Excelsior generated back in 2015 as members of NSU Finance Club realised the learning of MS-Excel is not adequately fulfilled at the classroom due to the fear of its complexity. As a solution, we organised an intra-club competition for the development of the club members. Then in 2016, with an incentive to motivate students to participate and learn about Excel and also implement them we launched Excelsior as an intra university competition for NSU. We use real life case scenarios during practice and evaluation so that the participants can learn how to solve the cases practically. Our prime motto is to develop students. In future, we aim to come up with some more ideas that develop students.'
With the vision to continue this unique competition and developing new ones, organisers successfully completed 2017 episode of Excelsior competition.
The writer is currently studying Finance at North South University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org