The team of students from the Australian National University has won the 2013 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) held recently in Madrid, Spain. The team from Australia will receive an all expenses paid, one week entrepreneurship training at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. This award is presented in partnership with Banco Santander, a global multinational bank who collaborated with KPMG on this year's event.
Now in its tenth year, KICC is one of the world’s largest case competitions and represents KPMG’s flagship student recruitment initiative. This year, KICC drew some 15,000 students from more than 400 universities in 23 countries to compete against each other in developing solutions to realistic business scenarios.
KICC offers an opportunity for students to experience the fast-paced world of casework, meet new people, improve their networking skills and develop a global mindset. Students also receive valuable feedback from KPMG leadership and get a window into the real world of business to understand the complexity KPMG professionals tackle every day.
This year, the final competing teams were asked to provide strategic advice to a global food organisation on the acquisition of a major snack brand. The challenge was to prepare a compelling set of recommendations and an engaging presentation for a panel of leaders from across KPMG’s global network. After careful deliberation, the Australian National University team was selected as the winner due to their innovative approach, insight into the subject matter, and the passion exhibited in their presentation. The team included Olivia Kelly, Xinyu Ru, Vithiyasagar Sritharan and Aizaz Syed.
"We're especially proud that Team Australia has won the competition, the win is well deserved," stated Nikki Harrison, KPMG Australia’s National Recruitment Senior Manager. “Our graduates and students are our future leaders and we are pleased to have provided this unique learning experience that brings together top students from across the globe to compete against each other."
"We see the KPMG International Case Competition, as a natural extension of our commitment to learning and development," says Michael Andrew, Global Chairman, KPMG International. "KICC places students at the heart of real business issues and simulates the difference KPMG professionals make to business and communities on a daily basis."
Proof that KPMG’s commitment to developing young talent resonates with students worldwide is being ranked second in Universum’s 2012 index of the 'World's Most Attractive Employers' for three years running.