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First year business students take the lead

A team of Cass Undergraduate students have reached the grand final of the prominent IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC).

A team of Cass Undergraduate students have reached the grand final of the prominent IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) on 20th March.

The business and management students – Ignacio Yague, Pranav Daryanani, Nathan Bruehl, Osama Abulkheir and Gerardo Herrera were the only first year students in the semi-finals competing alongside 49 other teams and were awarded first place.

More than 250 teams from Universities across the UK entered this year's Challenge.

The final on 20 March at IBM’s headquarters, will see Cass students compete against teams from the University of Reading, Lancaster University, London Metropolitan University, Newcastle University, University of Bristol, University of Sheffield, and two teams from University College London.

The Universities Business Challenge is the UK's longest established and most recognised simulation-based competitive challenge for undergraduates designed to develop employability and enterprise skills.

It offers undergraduates within universities a unique opportunity to improve their knowledge of the business world, put theory into practice and develop their team-working, leadership and employability skills by participating in a team-based competitive challenge.

The Challenge also gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work as a board of directors in realistic, simulated companies.

Supported by the UK's leading universities and graduate employers, more than 21,550 students have benefitted from participating in the UBC over the past 17 years.

The team will be accompanied by Carlos Riberio, visiting lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Accounting at Cass, who said: “First of all, my congratulations to the team who did exceptionally well to get to the final. This is an extremely competitive simulation game, and it is very difficult to reach this stage.

“Having accompanied another team of Cass students to the final recently, I'm sure the team will have a great day, work hard and learn valuable business lessons which will enhance their experience during this first year at Cass.”

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