UNSW team win CIMA Global Business Challenge National Final

Thursday, 30 June 2011  Features

A team of UNSW students has been awarded first place at the National Final of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge, held at Monash University.

As a result of winning the National Final the UNSW team ‘Eva Consulting’, which consists of Australian School of Business students Paulette Lo, Nelson Boyd, Matthew Zaidan and UNSW Bachelor of Science student Jared Goh, will now represent Australia at the international finals in Chengdu, China next month.

The CIMA Global Business Challenge, which is being held in partnership with Barclays, is an opportunity for students to test their business management skills, expand their competitive talents and gain practical experience as a chartered management accountant.

The UNSW team, mentored by accounting academics Brian Burfitt and Kerry Humphreys from the Australian School of Business, was required to analyse, report and present on a CIMA case study to a panel of high profile judges.

Brian Burfitt said he was impressed with the team’s hard work leading up to the event. "The team invested a lot of effort into preparing for the competition, often on weekends."

He believes it was the team’s dedication that helped them stand out from their competitors in the national final. "Their business case was solid, well thought out and they were well prepared to present it to the judges. They clearly understood the business they were reviewing and were therefore able to confidently answer questions to clarify their case. Quite simply, the effort they put into their preparation showed on the day."

Students from the UNSW Corporate Strategy Case Group are also involved in preparing the team for the global finals where they will be up against other winning national teams representing Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, the Middle East, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the UK.