LUMS team comes second in finals of Business Challenge competition

Participants in the competition sitting in groups in a large lecture theatre
Participants in the Universities Business Challenge Global Masters competition

A teams of LUMS students have come second in the national finals of Universities Business Challenge Global Master's competition.

The competition is the world’s leading online simulation-based inter-university competition designed to develop the employability and enterprise skills of high-calibre postgraduate students.

After 6 weeks of online competition, the leading teams across the UK were invited to the finals which were held at Aston University, Birmingham and, in the end, the LUMS team was just pipped for the winner’s spot.

The team which was led by Sambasiva Kurra (MBA), consisted of Poppy Gibbs (MSc Politics, Philosophy & Management), Nurai Alisher (MSc Project Management), Neha Alegaonkar (MSc Business Analytics) and Chaitanya Koppula (MBA).

According to team leader, Sambasiva, “the competition is a fantastic platform to gain valuable employability skills, such as leadership, analytical skills, commercial awareness, time management, teamworking, financial awareness, innovative problem-solving, and customer relationship management. The team is grateful to LUMS for providing this opportunity to develop their skills.”

Tanya Parry, Accounting Careers Coach in LUMS, who supported the team throughout the competition said “We are so proud of the team for this outstanding achievement and for representing Lancaster on a global platform. Part of the team streamed in to the final virtually, due to their MBA commitments in Leipzig, although this didn’t hinder or stop them from achieving success. This is truly a case study for how teams can work collaboratively together and perform well in a hybrid working world.”

LUMS entry to the competition was sponsored by the LUMS Alumni Fund. Grace Mercer, LUMS Philanthropy Manager, was delighted with the team’s success. “To have such a fantastic result, backed by the Lancaster community is great news. Lancaster’s alumni and philanthropists across the globe will be over the moon to have been part of providing this opportunity."

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