In a rapidly globalizing business environment, the KICC is a unique way of exposing students to global business early on. It challenges students to think outside of their country borders, by introducing them to the real life issues faced by international companies. "KICC was definitely one of the highlights of my academic career,” says semi-finalist Juan Leal. “Having the opportunity to strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as a future business professional, while building an international network is an invaluable experience! I truly appreciate KPMG's commitment to our professional development at such an early stage of our careers."
An annual event, this year’s KICC brought together winning teams from KPMG member firm’s national case competitions to compete on a global scale. College and university students from 24 countries went head to head in a case competition, based on a realistic business scenario that represented the kind of challenges KPMG member firms tackle on behalf of clients. Each team was given a detailed case study and three hours to:
- Carefully review the dossier they were given
- Identify the key business issues
- Analyze, consider and develop a compelling set of recommendations
- Prepare an interesting presentation to impress the judges
Ideas were presented to a panel of experienced KPMG partners and leaders.
As hard as they worked, the students had a chance to play just as hard. With a scavenger hunt and networking opportunities, the Canadian team built relationships with the best and brightest KPMG professionals and fellow case competitors from member firms around the world. The mixture of learning, hard-work and fun provided an unforgettable experience.
Semi-finalist, Erika Dizon, reflects on the KICC experience, as she says, “Going to Hong Kong for KICC was an incredible experience. We had an amazing support system from our local office and former winning teams who guided us and gave us constant feedback as we prepared for the competition. We were able to compete and learn on a global level, and we were to take away invaluable presentation skills and understand the value of a global strategy.”