NUS BBA 25 February 2014

Undergraduate team trumps global competition

Our undergraduate team was announced as grand prize winner at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC) Awards Gala in Montreal, Canada on 22 February, beating five other finalist teams from business schools around the world in the finals.

Winning team celebrates victory at JMUCC

Winning team celebrates victory at JMUCC

The team, comprising of Ivan Ho Zi Hao (BBA second year), Keith Wong (BBA Honours), Goh Boon Leng (BAcc Honours) and Grace Teh (BBA Honours), and accompanied by faculty adviser Associate Professor Nitin Pangarkar, had progressed through a gruelling week-long process.

“Perseverance was a big part of the competition, given that it spanned four rounds over seven days,” Grace said of the team’s experience. “It was important for us to constantly encourage each other and also be open to taking in feedback and striving to improve for subsequent rounds.”

Back-to-back business case briefings, preparations and presentations were the norm during the week and through this process, the initial 24 international teams were whittled down to the final six teams announced on the last day. The finalists, including teams from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Edinburgh, Dublin Institute of Technology, Queen’s University and the University of Florida, then made presentations on an unfamiliar subject — radiation oncology — to a panel of judges made up of corporate executives.

“We certainly gave it our all and received very positive feedback from the other participants and judges,” said Grace.

The annual competition, held by Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, challenges participants to apply their creative and analytical skills to solving real-world problems. Teams are required to use the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in the classroom to solve actual business cases, and their proposals are then evaluated for logical, actionable, realistic, creative, and well thought-out recommendations.