April 02, 2018 • By UCI Paul Merage School of Business
For the first time, a team of Full Time MBA students from the Merage School will be headed to the final round of the HKUST Global MBA Challenge to be held in Hong Kong in April. Team members, from the class of 2019, include Matt Morris, Swamy Narayanaswamy, Summer Hu, and Karen Ning, FTMBA ’19 will compete for up to $20,000 in prize money.
“It is a tremendous honor to be one of two North American schools invited to the HKUST Global MBA Challenge,” said Morris. “When we started at the Merage School, we knew our education would prepare us to compete in the global marketplace. But, we had no idea that the opportunity would present itself so soon. We look forward representing our program on the international stage and the challenge of going up against some of the best MBA programs in the world. Zot Zot!”
Hu added, “Our Anteater Team is thrilled to have been invited to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to participate their Global MBA Challenge. Many thanks go to the MBA program office and the faculty who have provided our team with support, confidence, and the skill to compete against reputable MBA programs from Asia Pacific, Europe, and all over the world, including the only other US school – Dartmouth University. It is our honor and pleasure to participate in this challenge and represent the Merage School.”
The Global MBA Challenge is an annual event that consists of three back-to-back competitions including a Flash Case, where teams work on a function specific case and are challenged to provide an “out-of-the-box” solution; a Strategy Case, where teams prepare recommendations for an Asia-Pacific (APAC) specific business strategy case; and, a Negotiation Case, where teams compete head-to-head on a moderated negotiation case.