CUMaSKini – 20 Apr 2012

Hello fellow CUMaS members! Easter is coming, and we all know what that means: revision, exams and new newsletter layouts. But do not despair, for we have plenty of events to distract you from your books over the term:

Take a look at our term card for next year (and watch out for news about the upcoming Easter formal). Get excited as we pummel our counterparts to the ground in the Oxbridge Games! Experience the joys (and none of the horrors) of raising children (a.k.a. freshers) by taking part in the Parenting Scheme! Show off your business acumen in the Ethos Business Brain Olympics! And say hello to our new bronze sponsor: Analysys Mason!


1. CUMaS Term Card 2012-2013
2. Oxbridge Games 2012
3. Parenting Scheme 2012-2013
4. Ethos Business Brain Olympics 2012
5. New Bronze Sponsor: Analysys Mason
• Ongoing: CUMaS Jumble Sale


1. CUMaS Term Card 2012-2013

An up-to-date version of the term card for the next three terms can be found at:

Stay tuned for more updates!

2. Oxbridge Games 2012 

Guys, the awaited competition against our rivals is finally here! Get ready to strike them with fear and show our determination to win! Prove to them that we can do better in everything!

Oxbridge Games (29th April, Sunday):
9.30-12PM Badminton (John’s College court)
12-1PM Tennis (Trinity College court)
1-2PM Lunch (Parker’s Piece)
2-3PM Basketball & Football (Kelsey Kerridge)
3-4PM Captain’s Ball (Parker’s Piece) 

You can sign up via the Doodle Link on our sports group in FB. If you have not joined the group, please do so to be notified of any changes.

Link to CUMaS Sports Group :
Link to sign up for Oxbridge Games:


3. Parenting Scheme 2012-2013

Dear CUMaS members,

It is the time of the year when we officially welcome another batch of freshers into our CUMaS family!
We will be trying something very different this year that is CUMaS members will have the option to choose their respective “wives” or “husbands”. My job here is to monitor the selection process and allocate spouses to those who are happy for me to assign a husband/wife for them. I will also allocate the kids to these parents according to subject/college if possible. The fun part is that you may choose to propose to your prospective husband/wife however you wish. However there are some terms and conditions i.e.:

  1. No gay/homosexual marriages (if possible)
  2. Members should try to pair up with members from other colleges and/or subject, so that it will be easier for me to allocate kids
  3. Choosing parents outside of your respective cliques (if any) are encouraged
  4. Marriages should not be based on pre-existing relationships.

Please note that those who sign up for the parenting scheme are responsible for the welfare of their respective families, especially that of their kids – which includes welcoming and always checking up on their kids, meeting up with their families and being a friend/help where needed.

So, if you are interested in becoming parents for the incoming freshers, start spouse-hunting now and please sign up by 15th of July 2012 using this form:

(Only one person from each “marriage” is required to fill in the form)

If there are any enquiries, feel free to email our Welfare Officer, Stephanie, at welfare [at]

4. Ethos Business Brain Olympics 2012

Ethos & Company is holding an intensive inter-university business plan competition among more than 20 of the best universities in the UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia. We are looking for highly motivated and capable teams of 3 undergraduates (in their penultimate year or below) or post graduates to develop and showcase a compelling business plan. Short-listed teams will participate in a 3 day management consulting training in Kuala Lumpur, at the end of which they will present their business plans to a panel of judges and leading corporate figures in Malaysia. Winning teams will receive media coverage and prize money of RM7,500 and RM4,500 for 1st and 2nd place respectively.

This is a unique opportunity for students to experience what it is like to be a management consultant, and to sharpen their business acumen and interview skills. Participants will have two full days of training on consulting techniques and coaching to refine their business plan presentations.

This message is a brief introduction to the Ethos Business Brain Olympics and the application process.

Application Process
Interested applicants should send the complete application form including short essay and team CVs to brainolympics [at] by 6 pm, Kuala Lumpur Time, on 14th June 2012. Finalists will be notified by End June – Early July 2012. Please note that only shortlisted candidates and finalists will be notified. Should you require any further clarification, do contact our organising team at brainolympics [at]

About Ethos
Ethos & Company is a boutique, Malaysian-led management consulting firm, specialising in corporate strategy, corporate transformation and public policy. Ethos has worked on some of the most challenging business issues for Government Linked Companies, Multinationals and Government, including public policy review, strategy and business plan development, operationalisation of high impact business entities and large-scale business transformation. Founded by former McKinsey & Company senior consultants in 2002, Ethos has grown to a firm with over 20 consultants and collaborative alliances with regional and global consulting firms.

Our recent engagements
As Malaysia’s leading boutique strategy firm, we have worked on some of the most important – and challenging issues across the private and public sectors. Our recent mandates include:

  • Developed the growth strategy for a large agriculture conglomerate, resulting in business restructuring and close to RM10 billion worth of investments
  • Reviewed overall strategy and developed financial model for a RM30 billion integrated real estate development in Klang Valley for a large conglomerate, and subsequently assisted in detailed due diligence, negotiation and selection of international partners for specific catalytic projects to kick-start development
  • Restructured NEP policy instruments to move from allocative approach to market-based approach, resulting in the establishment of a national private equity company with a RM5 billion fund size
  • Helped to operationalise six new high impact entities, each of whom became the catalyst for key government programmes including government transformation, regional development and biotech industry development

Application form:

[Ethos Business Brain Olympics 2012 – Extension of submission deadline

Thank you to the teams who have submitted your essays – way before the deadline. From our initial review of current submissions, we have been really impressed by the quality, specificity and implementability of some of your ideas. Truly, it will be a difficult task to pick our eventual finalists!

We have also had tremendous response from many of you who say you would like to join this competition, but have requested that we extend the deadline for essay submissions, given that you are preparing and sitting for exams. You will be happy to know that we are doing just that. The amount of effort required to write a quality summary of a business plan is substantial, so we are extending the deadline to Thursday, June 14, 2012. Hopefully this will give you enough time to complete and submit your essays. For teams who have already submitted their essays, but would like to use the seven weeks’ extension to polish or update them, you are welcome to do so.

In addition, for participants who are facing difficulties putting together a team with members from the same university, we will now also consider teams comprised of members from different universities on a case by case basis. Do email us at brainolympics [at] if you have any enquiries regarding this.]

5. New Bronze Sponsor: Analysys Mason

We are proud to introduce Analysys Mason, who will be a bronze sponsor for the remainder of the academic year.

Analysys Mason, Careers in TMT Strategy Consulting, Singapore

Be First
For over 25 years Analysys Mason has been at the forefront of the TMT (Telecom Media & Technology) market-space, our insight and innovation has helped shape these sectors landscapes, enabling our clients to better understand how to position themselves to take advantage of emerging opportunities, shifts in technology and market dynamics across the globe, whilst driving progressive sector change.

Shape the World
Our Singapore office has led our expansion and influence across Asia and we are looking for talented and passionate individuals who want to continue this legacy and play a defining role in the future of TMT in the region.

See your future
We are looking for a range of experiences and positions are open to finalists and alumni. Those in their penultimate year can apply for an internship at either our London or Cambridge offices

Join Us
To find out more and to apply go online to alternatively contact James Weller, Head of Recruitment by email james.weller [at] or call +44 (0) 207 395 9026. The deadline for applications is the 4th of May.


Ongoing events:

A. CUMaS Online Jumble Sale

Too many things? Are you finding ways to get rid of your belongings/pass them on? Well, here’s your chance! The long awaited CUMaS “Online” Jumble Sale 2012 is now on! This is a great opportunity to sell anything* you have but do not really want! (*in good condition) Leavers, you might want to make full use of this opportunity to get rid of some belongings piling over the years.

So here’s how it works:

  • Interested sellers, please sign up and register your items at These items will be updated in this spreadsheet:
  • Interested buyers, you will be able to view the updated version of the spreadsheet here You are to contact the sellers directly via the contact details provided. CUMaS only acts a platform to bring interested sellers and buyers together.

The rest is self explanatory. But if you do have any queries, feel free to contact our Welfare Officer, Stephanie, at welfare [at]


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