Awards & Achievements

05.05.2021 | Awarded By : Various Organizations

A Winning Streak

Case competitions are great extracurricular activities for students to develop innovative solutions for real-life business problems. Participating in case competitions can also help students learn valuable skills to support their future careers.

Over the years, our students have established a long-standing tradition of “learning from case competitions” through the HKUST Case Analysis Team (CAT). Supported by CAT committee members and HKUST alumni and faculty, CAT is a student-led group that trains and selects students to represent HKUST in local and international case competitions.

“Case competitions are a platform for students to push themselves out of their comfort zone and unleash their potential. It provides a steep learning curve for teams to understand and analyze a particular industry and develop practical recommendations within a time limit. Students can build problem-solving, communication, and teamwork skills to support their personal and professional development,” said Alice LUI, Manager of Global Business (GBUS) program and the Advisor of a number of winning teams in this season.

We are pleased to share our students’ exceptional performance in a number of local and overseas case competitions:  

HKU-NWS Joint University Case Competition

Our undergraduate teams participated in the local cross-university competition HKU-NWS Joint University Case Competition 2021. Among 16 student teams, the four HKUST teams established a top record for the School and won the championship and Best Presenter awards, and took home the first, second, and third runner-up titles!

This year, the organizer collaborated with the case company NWS Holdings to present business challenges and helped students gain critical thinking skills and practical industry knowledge through mentorship support provided by NWS professionals and experts. All four finalist teams came from our School and internship opportunities at NWS were offered to the champion team.

The champion team was formed by four students from GBUS. “I’m grateful for the support of CAT and my fellow teammates. I am also humbled and honored to receive the Best Presenter award. My first case competition was challenging yet rewarding. I will keep developing and diversifying my skills to prepare for the next competition!” said LAM Sze Ching Mimi, a member of the champion team.

Although the theme of the competition focused on the logistics industry – an unfamiliar industry for the team – their success came down to thoroughly understand the business area and landscape. Their research on various aspects of Chinese logistics made their presentation stand out and allowed them to formulate effective recommendations to capture the trends of e-commerce and i4.0 technology.

Champion in International Case Competition@Maastricht

Internationally, our students excelled in several virtual competitions held by overseas organizers. Four WBB students – Ankit SHAH, Giovanni BARTOLOMEO, Alex EATON, and Apple JIN – won the champion title in the International Case Competition@Maastricht (ICC@M) 2021. The team was advised by Professor Stephen NASON.

Hosted by Maastricht University in The Netherlands, the virtual case competition brought together 16 teams of talented undergraduate students from leading international business schools. The HKUST team ranked first in both the 4-hour case and the 24-hour case divisions before entering the final round, Apple JIN also won the Best Speaker Award.

Central European Case Competition

Another GBUS team won the second place in the Central European Case Competition. Held by the Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), the 24-hour competition was an invitation-only event and gathered 23 student teams from top global business schools. It was the School’s first participation in the competition.

The case company was MVM Group, a state-owned utility company keen on regional expansion, digitalization, and access to capital markets. The team developed a strategy to leverage on the resources of the Czech Republic to create a regional electricity hub and AI analytics in consumer-facing solutions and offered a detailed roadmap to IPO by 2023.

John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition

Students from the World Bachelor in Business (WBB) program also attained outstanding achievements in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC). Organized by Concordia University (Canada), it is one of the largest undergraduate case competitions in the world. Our WBB team came second and won the Best Speaker title.

“It was a pleasure to compete in JMUCC with my teammates and our incredible Advisor Professor Veronique LAFON-VINAIS. With three cases to solve in a virtual format, the competition was tough but incredibly fulfilling,” said best speaker Kim BERG.

Professor LAFON-VINAIS added, “JMUCC was the first time I advised a team in a fully virtual case competition. Dealing with the technical snafus meant a rocky start for our team, but they rallied brilliantly, and their final presentation was amazing! The team supported each other throughout, never letting the initial stumbling blocks bring them down. All four team members played to their individual strengths, and performed in perfect harmony in the finale, beating out many very experienced teams from leading universities. I am very proud of Kim, Sam, Elan, and Luke! Go WBB!”

KPMG Ideation Challenge

Three of the WBB students who participated in JMUCC also worked with a student from the University of Southern California and excelled in the KPMG Ideation Challenge. Some 2,000 participating teams from around the world joined the competition. Only four top-tier teams, including our student team, could work through multiple rounds of challenges and succeeded in entering the global finals.

RSM STAR Case Competition 2021

Last but not least, another HKUST team of four GBUS students concluded this season of external case competitions by notching up the first runner-up in the RSM STAR Case Competition.

Organized by the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the theme of this year’s RSM STAR Case Competition was Future Growth! Participating teams have to solve two real-life business cases, consisting of one 12-hour case and one 24-hour case.

Our students’ incredible achievements could not be made possible without the firm commitment of the winning teams, their advisors, and CAT. Queenie LI, CAT’s Head Committee said, “CAT provides year-long training on root-cause analysis, pyramid thinking, presentation storyboarding, recommendation generation, financial modeling, and more to help students build problem-solving skills and thrive in competitions. We look forward to helping more students reach new heights in future competitions.”