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EF students shine at 2018 Global Case Competition at Harvard

A team of three from the Department of Economics and Finance has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Global Case Competition at Harvard. Organized by the Harvard College European Business Group and the International Finance Student Association, the Harvard case competition is one of the world’s most prestigious student-organized events.

The team CTU Capital comprised three MSc students Jian He,Yi Meng, Ziwei Wang (in alphabetical order). Advised by Dr Michael Wong, Associate Professor, and sponsored by the EF department, they competed with nine other teams from top business schools of the world for the championship, from 12-15 April in Boston.

The four-day competition aimed to bring together the best students of economics and finance to work on a business case regarding finance and strategic management. The participants were also invited to networking events on Harvard’s campus, meeting some of the top minds in the financial and management industries.

The top 10 finalists of the competition are as follow:

  • CTU Capital (City University of Hong Kong)
  • Blue Zoo (Columbia University)
  • Farmer's Five Forces (Miami University)
  • Team Roundabout (Cranfield University)
  • Wolves of Champs-Élysées (HEC Paris)
  • Artemis (ESADE Business School)
  • La financière de Lyon (EM Lyon Business School)
  • Golden Capital Corp (Schulich School of Business)
  • Commonwealth Associates (Boston University)
  • Team Logica Nova (ESADE Business School)

The team members described it as a valuable experience. Jian He said, “The experience of competing in Harvard is exciting and unforgettable. We are proud to present our case to the judge panel and other participants from around the world.”

Yi Meng treated this experience as a chance to enhance himself, “This competition not only greatly enhanced my skill sets including financial modelling, pitchbook preparation and case solving, but also provided me with an international stage to communicate with industry professionals and the smartest academics from all over the world.”

Ziwei Wang found it rewarding at the end, “I really enjoyed the Case Competition and Harvard campus visit. It was very hard work, but the rewards are many.  The competition provided an excellent opportunity for us to synthesize the theoretical elements from our coursework and apply them to practical real-world problems. I was able to learn from the jury comments and from watching other teams’ performances.  Moreover, meeting students from all around the world and having so much fun during all the social events made it a memorable, awesome week.”