Old Collegian Places 2nd in Hong Kong Competition
June 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Earlier this semester, Old Collegian Matthew McQueen (2004-2010) was selected to participate in the University of Auckland Business School's team in the HSBC Asia Pacific Business Case Competition hosted by the University of Hong Kong.
The team of four undergraduates travelled to Hong Kong in early June for the competition and were one of 24 Asia Pacific Universities participating in the intensive two day event. The team battled through in the ‘knock out’ competition, competing in three preliminary rounds, where they presented their views on case studies involving analysis of such companies as Microsoft, KFC in China and an Indian Financial Institute.
The final round involved preparing a business strategy to ‘develop the Asia e-commerce market for Toys-R-Us'. After only two and half hours of analysis and review, the team then presented to the panel of three judges, one of whom was a senior executive of Fung Retailing, the operator of Toys-R-Us stores in the Asia region, and a large audience in the HSBC Asia headquarters.
The team outlined their web strategy and its benefits in the 20 minute presentation before answering the judges questions. Their compelling agreement led to the team being placed second, behind the University of Hong Kong team and ahead of the University of Singapore in third place.
Matthew follows in the footsteps of other Saint Kentigern Old Collegians including Alex Jessep (2002-2008), Stefan Katz (2006-2010), Harry de Lacey (2006-2010) and Nelson Lam (2005-2009) who have previously represented The University of Auckland Business School in other case competitions in New Zealand and abroad.
Clearly the economic and business understanding gained by Matthew and many others during their years at Saint Kentigern College has put them in good stead for the challenges and leadership in the study of the commercial world at a tertiary level and indeed beyond.
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