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Enterprising students come fourth in National IBM finals

29 March 2010

A team of business students from Canterbury Christ Church University are celebrating securing fourth place in the national finals of the IBM University Business Challenge.

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 final event, held at IBM in London, was attended by the nine regional semi-finalists and the closest runner up, to make up the final ten teams.

Canterbury Christ Church students stepped up to the final challenge taking fourth position overall, behind teams from Aston, Exeter and Imperial College London.

Dr Wim van Vuuren, Director of Business Consultancy for the Faculty of Business and Management, said: “This is an absolutely wonderful result particularly as the competition started out with 280 teams. The students have clearly put Canterbury Christ Church on the IBM University Business Challenge map.

“Looking back over the last five months, I can only say this event has been a positive experience for both the participating teams from Canterbury Christ Church University and the Faculty as a whole.

“I feel this achievement highlights the significance of the University’s entrepreneurship pathway and our commitment in preparing our students for the competitive business environment.”

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 approximately 16,700 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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