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Students do the business to secure place in National IBM finals

05 March 2010

A team of business students from Canterbury Christ Church University are celebrating after making it through to the finals of the 12th annual IBM University Business Challenge. The semi-finals were hosted by Procter & Gamble in Weybridge, Surrey.

From left to right: Aleksei Arhangelski, Marcus Ikin, Michal Keckes, Laura Marshall and Lea Somorcikova.
From left to right: Aleksei Arhangelski, Marcus Ikin, Michal Keckes, Laura Marshall and Lea Somorcikova.

The competition, which started with 280 teams, will now enter its final phase and see the 10 remaining teams fighting for the title at the IBM headquarters in London on Friday 19 March. The teams will be competing in a business simulation game.

Dr. Wim van Vuuren, Director of Business Consultancy for the Faculty of Business and Management, said: “It’s a wonderful result for the students involved. They have displayed excellent teamwork, drive, and commitment throughout the competition, and thoroughly deserve the success they have achieved so far.

“The students have been excellent ambassadors for both the Faculty and, indeed, our University. We wish the team the very best of luck for the finals.”

The IBM University Business Challenge is one of the biggest undergraduate competitions in the UK with over 1,300 students participating from 75 university faculties.

Notes to Editor

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has 16,755 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.

In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission:
‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of our students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’

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