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School of Business Represented at International Case Competition

From left to right: Gilad Ashpis, Thomas Fields, Robert Stacey, and Aaron Midden.

Four undergraduate students from the School of Business represented the University of Miami in the CIBER Case Challenge, an international business case competition hosted by the University of Connecticut October 17-21, 2012. Competitors from the School included Robert Stacey, Gilad Ashpis, Thomas Fields, and Aaron Midden.

Midden, a junior majoring in management, was part of a team that placed second overall in the competition.

“The case was challenging and the competition was intense, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” said Midden. “I had the pleasure of meeting and working with students from around the world, and I have made friendships and bonds with many of them.”

The CIBER Case Challenge brings together teams of four from around the world to compete in analyzing and presenting international business case studies to judges. Students from different universities are mixed and formed into an entirely new team for the competition. Each four-student team has at least one student from an international business school and three students from different U.S. schools. Each student on the team represents a different specific functional area, such as finance and accounting, marketing, management, and operations and IT.

“I would definitely encourage the School to continue participating in the event,” said Stacey. “It was a very good learning experience."

The University of Miami Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) provided registration fees and traveling scholarships to participants selected to represent the University. Established in 2010 with a grant from the  U.S. Department of Education and housed in the School of Business, the UM CIBER is one of 33 such centers created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. The Center serves as an important gateway for business and government leaders, citizens, students and faculty to develop and strengthen their international competencies - particularly in the service sector - to create new initiatives that will enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S.
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