UF students were invited to represent the United States in the Asian Business Case Competition in Singapore this week. And they didn't disappoint.
The team of four Warrington College of Business Administration students placed second in the competition, which started Saturday, said Horace Tucker, associate director for the Warrington College of Business Administration.
The event, which was hosted by Nanyang Business School in Singapore, focused on sustainability and business. The team was given 40 hours to analyze and develop a team analysis of a business case about an Asian-based organization using Microsoft Powerpoint 2007.
"We are very proud of our students," Tucker said. "At the competition, our students crafted and delivered an effective business presentation exhibiting the knowledge and poise worthy of their impressive finish."
The teams were given 15 minutes for their presentations during the semifinal and final rounds followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session.
The team was composed of Amanda Aschenbrenner, marketing senior; Mikaela Moore, international studies senior; Meng Liu, accounting and master of science in finance senior; and William Hadley, accounting senior.
All the students are 21 years old.
Universities from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Portugal were invited to compete as well.
First place went to Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and third place went to Auckland University of Technology.
Tucker said UF has participated in an average of four to five international and two to three domestic competitions each year for the past few years.
This is the second time the university has received second place in an international competition during the past three years, said Brian Ray, associate dean and director for the College of Business Administration.
"[Schools] across the globe see how well we have performed in past competitions and ask us to be part of their competition," Ray said. "These are superstar students. They are the best of the best."