Global success for London Met students

Eight students from London Metropolitan University have reached the semi-finals of worldwide Universities Business Challenge.

Date: 23 January 2017

Two teams from London Met have made the semi-finals of a global business competition aimed at students.

The first team, made up of students Judit Gondolbeu, Ruben Aragon, Rogelio Fernandez and Diana Vargas, all International Business Management BSc students are being mentored by Hemakshi Chokshi, course leader for International Business Management.

Accounting and Finance BA students Anisa Malik, Hamdi Ahmed, Paula Zasowska and Mohammed Alian make up the second team who are mentored by Harindher Dehsi, senior lecturer in Human Resource Management MA.

“Participating in the University Business Challenge was exactly what I needed to improve my leadership and communication skills,” said Judit Gondolbeu, a International Business Management BSc student at London Met.

“Sometimes it is difficult for students to show employers that you have these skills as you have to provide real life examples in which you have successfully used them and in most cases, students lack these type of experiences.

“The University Business Challenge has given me the opportunity to practise these skills, build my confidence for future job interviews and apply the knowledge that I have gained during my course.”

“The Challenge is a true learning experience for all those who enter. It helps students to improve their decision-making skills, develop their team-working abilities and increase their knowledge in key business areas such as marketing, finance and production. The UBC is a unique event designed to develop employability skills and stimulate enterprise and entrepreneurship. Participating students demonstrate the skills employers are looking for,” said mentor and London Met lecturer, Hemakshi Chokshi.

Harindher Dehsi said: “It is great to see students using their own initiative, motivation and commitment to drive their project forward so successively.”

The Universities Business Challenge Worldwide is the world’s longest established and leading undergraduate simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills. Students who take part in the competition are required to run a series of realistic, simulated businesses and make all the critical decisions that affect the company's performance.

The live one-day final will take place in late March, with the winning team being awarded a cash prize of £1,000.

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