A team of RMIT postgraduate business students has taken out third place at the International Graduate Competition (IGC) in Montreal.
The cross disciplinary team from the University’s Graduate School of Business and Law included Robyn Longford and Gary Miranda - MBA (Executive), Poppy Jacobs - Juris Doctor, and Nabila Nabi - Masters by Research.
Participants worked through four interrelated cases over a 48 hour period, covering the disciplines of marketing, strategy, information technology and network economics.
Teams were assessed on the depth of their analysis, the soundness of their integrated solutions, the quality of their written report and oral presentations and the effectiveness of their 'pitch'.
This is the second year RMIT has taken part in the IGC, competing against teams from Canada, the United States, Switzerland, France and England.
The other universities involved were hosts HEC Montreal, Concordia, University of Waterloo, and Queen’s University of Ontario, the University of Florida, HEC Lausanne, Emlyon Business School and the University of Sheffield.
RMIT team coach and MBA Director, David Goodwin, described the whole experience as a tremendous success.
"Participation in international competitions such as the IGC enables students to deploy the methods and skills acquired during their studies in a fast-paced, competitive business simulation,” he said.
“The teamwork and collaboration of our team was fantastic. They produced top-notch presentation slides and a detailed 50 page report under the intense pressure of a 48 hour lockup and despite sleep deprivation no cross words were spoken.
“We took on board the learnings from last year and acted on them. Our thanks go to the 2015 team - Jen Dorward, Mick Davies, James Natsis and Jamie Bartie - who paved the way and gave active support to this year's group.”
Professor Mark Farrell, Head of the Graduate School of Business and Law, said the School is placing an increasing focus on international competitions as a means of delivering life-changing experiences for students and fostering a global outlook.
“Another group of students from our MBA program was recently successful in gaining entrance to the new HEC Montreal Social Business Creation competition and we will continue to explore additional avenues for giving our students international exposure,” he said.
“We congratulate our successful 2016 IGC team and look forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return to Melbourne.”
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Story: Ainslie Logsdon