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A Kiwi Win
USC Marshall UG students place third among global case competition powerhouses in Auckland
February 8, 2017 • by News at Marshall
L-R: Terence Choy, Sophia Lim, (a case judges), Gillian Chiu, Hank Huang

A team of Marshall undergraduates placed third in the 10th annual Champions Trophy Case Competition, hosted by the University of Auckland. Participation in the weeklong event is by invitation only to schools that have earlier won in selected global case competitions.

USC Marshall was invited this year based on its win at the Sauder Summit Global Case Competition, hosted by the University of British Columbia in March, 2016.

The Marshall team competed against business schools from Canada (McGill, University of Alberta); Europe (Maastricht University, Copenhagen Business School); Asia (National University of Singapore, Thammasat University); and Oceania (The University of Auckland and Queensland University of Technology). The four American teams included USC Marshall, University of Florida, Indiana University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolina placed second and Florida won first.

“They bested some international case competition powerhouses,” said Sean O’Connell, director of Marshall undergraduate international business programs. “Our students really shine in competitions like this. It validates our continued emphasis on foundational and international business skills.”

Case team members were: Terence Choy ’17, Hank Huang ’17, Gillian Chiu ’18 and Sophia Lim ’17.

The final case involved a health care diagnostic app. With no computers or research books allowed, the team had only five hours to come up with a solution.

"It was an honor to represent USC at the Champions Trophy,” said Lim. “This year, the competition had four tough cases, and the presentation itself was challenging because we were only allowed pens and paper—no internet, PowerPoint or electronic devices. The week was filled with fierce competition, new friendships, and lasting memories."


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