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Champions of the Champions

17 February 2012

(From left) Goh Aik Joon, Prof Sai Yayavaram (faculty advisor), Lin Xun, Peh Che Min, and Endi Asmira, bearing the Champions Trophy (left) and the People's Choice Award (right)

(From left) Aalok Chhabria, Kenneth Heng and Yuan Yi, with Anand Ramchand, their coach from the School of Computing holding their CaseIT competition prizes

NUS undergraduates have recently chalked up impressive wins on the international competition front.

Business School students Lin Xun, Peh Che Min, Endi Asmira and Goh Aik Joon took home the University of Auckland's Champions Trophy held in New Zealand earlier this year. They came in first in all four rounds, beating participants from 11 other leading business schools.

They also clinched the People's Choice Award, by garnering the most number of votes from the audience.

Their feat was especially noteworthy since only teams who won case competitions around the world were invited to take part in the event. The NUS team had earlier won the Copenhagen Business School Case Competition and finished among the top three in the Scotiabank and NUS-DBS international case competitions.

For the Champions Trophy, participants were given just five hours to complete their proposals on cases involving non-profit organisations, public limited companies and a wine company. The competitors only had 10 minutes to convince the judges.

Another group of NUS undergraduates were the first runners-up in the CaseIT 2012 Case Competition. Kenneth Heng and Yuan Yi from Business School, together with Aalok Chhabria from the School of Computing, came in first runners-up in the event early this month.

Held in Canada, CaseIT is an annual international undergraduate business case competition with a Management Information Systems (MIS) focus, designed to find the best and brightest in strategic IT case analysis.

This year, there were 16 teams of three students each. Participants had to recommend strategies to help a start-up medical devices company establish itself in the healthcare industry. One key challenge was understanding how the company's information systems and strategy needed to complement one another due to the MIS focus. The participants had just 24 hours to solve and present their team's solution to a judging panel composed of industry professionals.

By NUS Business School