SCU Students Headed to South Africa to Compete
In a mere four months, five Santa Clara University students will be off to Cape Town, South Africa, to compete in the 2014 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s Case Study Competition.
Last year, twenty-two teams from around the world were given two rounds of competition to make it to the top, and Santa Clara University’s team made number one. It goes unsaid that the team this year hopes to accomplish as much as the 2013 team, and will be practicing quite frequently until the day they fly out.
“We are going to put our best foot forward, and practice as much as necessary until we feel we are prepared to tackle whatever cases come our way” says Jennifer Visscher, current team member.
The team consists of five current Master’s of Business Administration students, each with different areas of expertise, including: Courtney Robinson, Jennifer Visscher, Michael Billikopf (who was also on the team last year in Atlanta, GA), Rudy Siwy and Quentin Topping
The competition this year will be focused on African agribusiness challenges. The team is very excited to delve into research and familiarize themselves with this area of agribusiness. All five students are looking forward to meeting and networking with teams from all around the world in the hopes of providing businesspeople everywhere a different perspective on the current issues at hand.
SCU Students Take First Place at IFAMA Case Competition!
Congratulations to Alvin Chen, Tina Cosentino, Ngoc Dao, Michael Billikopf, and Zach Wise for taking First Place in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s Annual Case Study Competition! The team, who are all SCU MBA students, traveled to Atlanta, Georgia in June to compete in the competition.
The IFAMA International Student Case Competition is one of many features of the IFAMA annual world conference. The Competition provides an opportunity for MBA students to participate in a simulated analysis of a business management problem. The students have a chance to apply their MBA skills and education while networking with like-minded students and businesspeople. The competition requires the students to know the strengths and weaknesses of their team members and requires independent thinking as well as teamwork and collaboration.
The 2013 Competition brought together students from a number of different countries, providing participants with a diverse and enriching experience. The 22 teams worked for four hours on the first case, digesting the case, developing a creative and practical solution, and building a presentation that accurately communicated their analysis and recommendations. A panel of judges deliberated over the different solutions and narrowed the pool down to four finalist.
The final four teams included Santa Clara, University of Hawaii, Wageningen University, and Nanjing University. The top four teams proceeded to the second round and completed another case study analysis. The Santa Clara team triumphed in the second round and took home First Place! FAI is thrilled by the efforts of the SCU IFAMA team and is excited to see what else the bright students will do in the future, both at Santa Clara and beyond!
Check out what the students had to say after the competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEOlsQzhGbE
To visit the IFAMA website to learn more, please click here.