Postgraduate students place highly at International Graduate Competition

International Graduate Competition 2016Postgraduate students from the Faculty’s Management School came second this year at the fifth annual International Graduate Competition (IGC) hosted by the HEC Montréal business school, Canada.

The IGC, held between 23-29 April, brings together twelve teams from internationally renowned business schools. Each team has 48 hours to collaborate and compete on a live business case on the themes of network economics, marketing, strategy and IT management.

Management school students attending the event were Lena Suess (MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management), Cristian Gherhes (PhD student with CREED), Gerardo Taboada (MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management) and Emad Ejielat (MSc Entrepreneurship and Management.) The students were mentored by Professor Tim Vorley, and Dr Robert Wapshott who both attended the event.

Dr Wapshott said: “The six-day event began with a series of ice-breaking, team-building sessions, followed by lectures and workshops which are relevant to the themes. Following this, the students were given the brief and have been put into a period of 48 hours with no contact from the outside world, apart from the opportunity to interview experts from the company that has set the business case.

“On Wednesday, the students present their projects. They prepare a 60 page analysis and recommendations and pitch it to the organisation.

“It’s a great opportunity for the students and has given the Management School a presence on this international stage, where we can build links with similar, accredited schools.”

The Management School trip is run by member of the Centre for Regional Economy and Enterprise Development (CREED.)