2009 New Zealand Case Competition Part 3

Blog Post #3 from Champions Trophy Case Competition in New Zealand

Our last day of frivolity. The morning was spent with 2 experts who gave us a briefing on the economic status of New Zealand and their “can do” attitude towards entrepreneurship and business. The country is looking for business and people to come and work here. With a population of 4 million and a country the size of Japan it is easy to see that they have lots of room to grow.

After the briefing we chose, through a random process, our divisions in which we would compete. There are three presentations given over the next three days, each one is a 4 hour and 45 minute preparation, the presentation is 10 minutes and the q&a is 10 minutes.

The following will give you the breakdown of the teams:

Division 1

  1. Nanyang Technological University
  2. University of Hong Kong
  3. University of Washington

Division 2

  1. Hong Kong UST
  2. UC Berkeley
  3. Copenhagen University

Division 3

  1. Singapore Management
  2. University of Melbourne
  3. Thammasat University

Division 4

  1. National U. of Singapore
  2. University of Auckland

So we have our work cut out for us-I should say the team is up to the hard work. As we go through the 3 rounds I will report details.

After the serious stuff came more fun. We went on a 40 minute bus ride to a beach outside of Auckland. It was overcast and there was a little rain but that didn’t seem to dampen the fun. The beaches were white and beautiful, the water was warmer than I had expected but still cool enough to take your time to wade into. Breathtaking scenery. What amazes me about the beaches here is that there are thousands of whole seashells that have washed up on the beach. It was great fun just looking at the different colors and sizes of shells as we walked along the beach.

There were also games of cricket, touch (ball), volleyball, soccer and then just lounging on the grass. I think everyone enjoyed the day and the get away from the city.

We came back for dinner and the students then went off to their rooms early so that they could be fresh for tomorrow. So now comes the hard part…we have made lots of friends and in true Berkeley spirit, our team of Kristina Shen, Davis Liu, Rahul Deedwania and Terence Kim, are showing with great respect the invaluable skills of being great ambassadors of the university.

Posted by Dinko Lakic for Janet Amador

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