RMIT Vietnam NewsVietnamese students reach top four in international business competition

Vietnamese students reach top four in international business competition

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 15:38
The four contestants (in red T-shirt) with their friends and mentor

A team of four students from RMIT International University Vietnam has reached the top four finalists in the 2012 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) held last month in Hong Kong - outperforming teams from the US, Britain, Japan, France, China and elsewhere.

It was the first time Vietnam was represented at this annual international competition.

In the final round, the Vietnam team was required to solve a challenging real-life business scenario involving an airline and present their "solutions" to a judging panel of KPMG global senior managers and partners. Other finalists - from Spain, Hong Kong and Sweden - had the same challenge.

First prize went to a team from the University of Hong Kong, but judges gave high praise to the RMIT University Vietnam team for their original analytical approach, professionalism and passion demonstrated throughout the competition.

Students participating in the competition are now returning to Vietnam elated by the experience. In the words of one, Trinh Hong Duc: "This competition for me is a lifetime experience. We are extremely proud that we made Vietnam in general and RMIT University Vietnam in particular more well-known to the world in terms of our culture, our mindset and our capability."

Other students on the winning team were Nguyen Nhu Ai, Quach Kim Thien Trang and Hoang Bao Chau.

Now in its ninth year, KICC is a global competition for students to challenge and enhance their analysis and problem solving skills with real-world business issues, offering them chances to build global professional connections. This year's competition, which concluded on 20 April 2012 drew around 6,000 students from more than 300 universities in 24 countries.

"We're enormously proud to see our students do so well on the world stage, and get to the finals in such a hard-fought contest," the Head of Centre of RMIT University Vietnam's Centre for Commerce and Management, Professor Julian Teicher, said today.

"It's a credit also to these students' dedicated academic advisers and mentors who supported the students in their preparation. They provide a good reflection of the benefits of a student-centred learning approach which encourages students to take responsibility and initiative to achieve their full potential."