American Univesity of Beirut

Big4&After goes digital, attracts record number of students

​​​​​​​Since 2011, Big4&After, the only-of-its-kind accounting competition in Lebanon and the MENA region, has dared to provide 64 jobs and internships at multinational accounting firms to graduating business students, offering them an unparalleled opportunity to launch from OSB into a bright future. ​

In this eighth edition, the competition draw a record 140 undergraduate business students who formed 35 teams. 2019's edition raised the bar by offering the entire contest completely online - from registration to accounting riddles to event promotion. “Despite the highest student enrollment ever where we needed to open space for five more teams ​and the event going “green" for the first time, ​there were no technical problems and everyone had a smooth experience," said Sana El Hajj, coorganizer and accounting instructor.  

The objective of the one day event is to introduce  students to the nature of the accounting profession in a fun and engaging manner. “Accounting goes beyond boring number-crunching," explains Rania Uwaydah Mardini​, coorganizer and accounting lecturer. “The B4&After competition is about teamwork, resourcefulness, time management, continuous learning, working under pressure, logic, well-roundedness, and of course, numbers!"

At the end of the day, participants from the top two teams competed . For their top performance, students John Homsi (finance), Celine Aoun (accounting), Celine Nakhoul (marketing), and Marie Jose Ibrahim (marketing and management) landed job opportunities, while runners up Luna Fawaz (double concentration accounting and finance), Aya Al Ali (double concentration finance and bids), Mohammad Wahab, and Nour Yehyia (finance) won internships.  ​

“The competition changed my whole life," said Maria Jose Ibrahim “I can't even express how blessed I feel for being part of this event and for being enrolled in this university that offers us such life changing and amazing opportunities. A 1000 times thank you would never be enough."

“The Big 4&After was one of the most life changing and rewarding experiences in my life. It granted me the opportunity to meet professionals from the accounting industry and to implement what I have been learning for the past two years at OSB," declares John Homsy. “Apart from the academic experience, it helped my team to develop a strong tie as we came in as friends and left as one big family. I am grateful for this opportunity and I thank OSB along with EY and PwC for organizing the competition."

Celine Aoun says she won “not only a job opportunity but also unforgettable experience through teamwork, focus, risk, and optimism."

“The Big4&After competition was one of my best experiences at AUB," stated  Celine Nakhoul.“We had to work as a team and challenge ourselves to be the best team players we could be. The head-to-head competition at the end was the best part since reaching the finals meant that we had to win it. Overall, I encourage all OSB students to participate in this competition, regardless of their concentrations, since it is truly a memorable experience."

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