Beedie School of Business celebrates global case competition successes
May 31, 2016
Business education in action takes to world stage.
Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business is proud to celebrate the success of its undergraduate students in global case competitions in 2016.
At the Beedie School of Business, teaching students to become the next generation of global business leaders combines theory with experiential learning – and case competitions provide a perfect opportunity to put their business education into action in real-world scenarios.
This year, Beedie undergraduate students reached the finals at some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, including the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition in Ontario; Maastricht University’s International Case Competition in the Netherlands; and the University of Navarra’s International Case Competition in Spain, among others.
To cap the term off, the Beedie team took home the gold medal at the APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge in Singapore, one of the world’s premier management information systems focused competitions.
In addition, Beedie students comprised a core part of the SFU team that performed admirably at the Enactus National Exposition. At the competition, Enactus SFU won the Capital One Financial Education Challenge award – remarkably, with a team comprised of first year business students – and saw club president Winona Bhatti take home the Student Leader of the Year Award.
“At the Beedie School of Business we recognize how important case competitions are to creating rounded, confident professionals who are able to deal with real-world problems,” says Andrew Gemino, associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Beedie School of Business.
“Case competitions expose our students to an environment that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Students hone their skills and knowledge, helping them to hit the ground running in their careers after graduating.”
The achievements of the Beedie students in 2016 are made all the more remarkable given that each team consists of different students. Rather than focusing on a select few top students, the Beedie approach offers multiple students the opportunity to gain this invaluable competitive experience.
Professor Peter Tingling, coach of the Beedie 2016 ICBC team, is in no doubt about the significance of students’ achievements. “The Beedie School has increased its focus on case competition training in recent years, and the results of this approach are clear to see,” he says.
“Our goal is to give as many students as possible this experience, rather than putting all our resources into training one small group of students.”
To learn about more Beedie School of Business students putting their business education into action, visit beedie.sfu.ca/bba/why-beedie/engaged/